Mardi Gras Eats: Louisiana’s Best Fried Chicken

By: Paul A. Greenberg and Louisiana Cookin’ magazine staff

I will let you in on one of my deep, dark secrets: I am a fried chicken addict. So once a year, at Mardi Gras, I saunter into Popeyes and over-order everything. With that in mind, and since almost every cooler on the parade route in any Louisiana city is packed with fried chicken, I decided to do the legwork for you and find Louisiana’s best fried chicken restaurants statewide.

NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER: This is tough, because they’re frying chicken on every corner in New Orleans. Named for the patron saint of cooks, the fried chicken at Saint Lawrence is a godsend to frequenters of New Orleans’ upper French Quarter. Golden, crispy, and particularly well-seasoned, the chicken is part of the restaurant’s seasonal approach to elevated pub fare and pairs delightfully with their seasonal squash medley and mile-high cornbread. Another feature that sets Saint Lawrence apart from its neighborhood competitors is its rotating selection of outstanding frozen daiquiris (the Pimm’s Cup daiquiri is a perennial favorite).


  1. I don’t see Willie Mae’s Scotch House on the list. That’s the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life. It’s on St. Ann, in New Orleans.

    • Willie Mae’s Scotch House is indeed excellent! With this list, we tried to hit places all around the state. You’ll see Willie Mae’s on here before too long!

  2. The best fried chicken is in West Monroe! We have amazing restaurants in Ouachita Parish. Next time head to Magic Grill chicken in West Monroe for amazing chicken and rolls.

  3. Italian Pie in Chalmette, started selling fried chicken and its the best in St Bernard area for sure. Their red beans are also really good.


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