Roadfood restaurants aren't only about good food. They are places with memorable personality: diners, town cafes, BBQs, street carts, even some deluxe dining rooms.

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5 Sisters Blues Cafe

A polite and efficient soul food restaurant downtown Pensacola, Florida, 5 Sisters offers a broad sampler of traditional Southern comfort food.
Pensacola, FL

82 Queen

82 Queen is deluxe and expensive, serving inspired versions of coastal Carolina's regional specialties. Number One best-eat is shrimp and creamy grits.
Charleston, SC

Al’s French Frys

A diner/drive-in that harks back to the pre do-wop era, Al's serves first-rate French fries (frys) along with burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken.


Alcenia's is a warm, friendly Memphis, Tennessee, restaurant serving homey soul food meat-and-3 meals that end with glorious pies or bread pudding.
Memphis, TN

Amish Oven

Despite its name, the Amish Oven serves traditional Deep South meat-and-three meals, including excellent side dishes, plus cobbler, pie and pudding for dessert.

AQ Chicken House

One of the USA's best chicken restaurants, AQ offers fried chicken, charcoal chicken and BBQ chicken with excellent side dishes and fried peaches for dessert.

Backyard Cafe

The Backyard Cafe is a destination for handsome hamburgers, after-5pm Dixie dinner & from-scratch ice cream atop squares of gooey butter cake.
West Columbia, SC

Barbecue Inn

The Barbecue Inn has an interior of a 1950’s diner and offers word-class fried shrimp and chicken. Plus BBQ dinners of ribs, pork and chicken.
Houston, TX

Barto’s Idle Hour

Barto's Idle Hour serves the best fried chicken in Kansas, sided by German potato salad, slaw, onion rings & bread from the Frontenac Bakery.

Beach Road Chicken Dinners

Jacksonville's vintage southern fried chicken house, dating back to 1939, Beach Road serves chicken all ways along with a wide variety of worthy side dishes.
Jacksonville, FL

Beacon Light Tea Room

Skillet-fried chicken packs wickedly brittle crust at the Beacon Light outside Nashville. Also excellent: hash brown casserole, biscuits and peach preserves.

Bean Palace

Located in a 19th-century Arkansas grist mill, the Bean Palace is a family-friendly cafe that offers real country lunch and weekend breakfasts.

Bear’s Den

The Bear’s Den of Macon, Georgia, is a small cafeteria that serves Southern as well as all-American comfort food. Fried chicken is always on the menu.
Macon, GA

Beaver House

"Sunday dinner every day," is how Beaver House of Statesboro, Georgia, bills its Dixie-classic boardinghouse-style meals, from fried chicken to peach cobbler.
Statesboro, GA

Bernie’s Chicken

Superb fast-food broasted chicken earns Bernie's a stellar reputation as one of the best low-budget restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina.

Bertha’s Kitchen

Founded by the late Albertha Grant in 1979, Bertha's is a modest cafeteria restaurant on the outskirts of Charleston that is a primer in Lowcountry soul food.
Charleston, SC

Big Daddy’s Dish

Fried chicken, spare ribs, catfish, etc. accompanied by expertly-cooked vegetables and Georgia peach cobbler make Big Daddy's an Atlanta best bet for soul food.
Atlanta, GA

Big Mike’s Soul Food

Locals know and love Big Mike's as the best of Myrtle Beach. Offering authentic soul food and genuine hospitality, it's a treasure.

Blue Willow Inn

Social Circle's Blue Willow Inn is the best Sunday Supper restaurant every day. Huge buffet includes fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, countless desserts.

Bobby’s Bar-B-Q | South Carolina BBQ Buffet at its Best

Bobby's is a big, happy South Carolina BBQ buffet that offers a full range of classic companion side dishes for its fine pulled and/or chopped pork.

Bobop’s Famous Chicken

Bobop's is a gas station / convenience store / Blimpie shop that also includes a short cafeteria with extraordinarily flavorful fried chicken & fixins.

Boudin King

This ultra-casual Cajun restaurant serves not just boudin (mild or spicy), but also great local seafood, hog's head cheese, and legendary gumbo.

Boulted Bread

In Raleigh, Boulted Bread can do no wrong with its stone-milled flours, from morning buns and salted chocolate chip cookies to levain and lemon poppyseed cake.

Brenda’s Diner

Deep in Louisiana Cajun country, Brenda's diner is a Roadfood gem, its crusty pork chops, zesty beans, spicy yams and garlicky sausage a primer in soul cooking.

Brookville Hotel

Fried chicken is the lure to this Kansas destination restaurant. It's skillet fried and served with mashed potatoesand all appropriate side dishes. *CLOSED*

Brown Bag Burgers

What some consider to be the world's best fried chicken is found in a humble Henderson, Kentucky, diner where locals gather for coffee & chat starting at 6am.


A Charlottesville gas-station mini-mart, Brown's serves some of the best fried chicken in an especially chicken-rich part of Virginia.
Charlottesville, VA

Brownsville Market

A snack bar inside a Shell gas station, Brownsville Market serves all sorts of hot meals. Four-star Virginia fried chicken has been its claim to fame for years.

Bryce’s Cafeteria

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Bryce's is a beautiful Texas cafeteria serving more casseroles and vegetables than most Yankees see in a year. Dessert: peach cobbler, please.

Busy Bee Cafe

Busy Bee Café is one of Atlanta's best soul food restaurants. Try fried chicken sided by southern vegetables; save room for red velvet cake dessert.
Atlanta, GA

Cafe 209

Locals love this downtown Augusta, Georgia, lunch-only meat-and-3 for vivid southern vegetables, fried chicken, pork chops, Wednesday ribs and Friday catfish.
Augusta, GA

Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen

Cahill's is a boisterous Bluffton farm-market restaurant with a menu beyond fried chicken, including local oysters and shrimp and a dozen different vegetables.

Calvin’s Roasted Fish & Salads

A quiet soul food cafe on the outskirts of Augusta's downtown, Calvin's focuses on seafood, but the menu also includes beef, chicken & flavorful vegetables.
Augusta, GA

Carolina BBQ

A family-run restaurant since 1969, Carolina BBQ is a traditional all-you-can-eat pig pickin: smoky pulled pork plus a constellation of side dishes around it.

Carolina Buffet

A no-frills but big-flavored southern-style buffet featuring great fried chicken, vegetables, and banana pudding and/or peach cobbler for dessert.
West Columbia, SC

Chandler’s Deli

Chandler's Deli is a soul food cafeteria restaurant that serves some of the best BBQ, fried chicken, and classic southern side dishes in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Knoxville, TN

Chef’s House

A cozy pink home on a commercial strip of road in Augusta, the Chef's House offers a soul-food buffet that shows the hand of a skilled cuisinier.
Augusta, GA

Chicken Place

A diner by the railroad tracks, The Chicken Place fries dark and light meat to well-spiced excellence. There also are burgers, seafood, and a fine Philly steak.

Cotham’s Mercantile

Cotham's Mercantile of Little Rock, Arkansas, serves hearty Dixie meat & 2 meals; the menu's star is an immense Hubcap Hamburger.

Crossroads Cafe

From-scratch Southern comfort-food served cafeteria-style in a diner as comfy as favorite slippers makes Crossroads Cafe a good stop for breakfast & lunch.

Crystal Grill

Cream pies are some of Mississippi's best at the Crystal Grill, where pre-pie lunch includes classic Dixie vegetables and hot tamales.
Greenwood, MS

Delta Meat Market

Soulful, southern, bistro fare at the Delta Supper Club showcases local products and tradition with New American savoir faire.

DeShawn’s Seafood and Chicken

Top-quality, no-frills seafood and great fried chicken make DeShawn's a destination feast in North Augusta. [*PERMANENTLY CLOSED*]
North Augusta, SC

Dinah’s Family Restaurant

Dinah’s has been a Glendale institution since 1967, known for fried chicken, fried liver, and fried chicken gizzards.
Glendale, CA

Dip’s Country Kitchen

We love to start the day in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at Mama Dip's restaurant with eggs, pork chops and gravy or country ham, sided by biscuits and grits.
Chapel Hill, NC


Dukes is an Aiken, South Carolina all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, featuring pulled pork plus terrific fried chicken and a couple dozen exemplary side dishes.
Aiken, SC

Dutch House Restaurant and Bakery

A southern cafeteria with such tempting options as fried chicken and catfish plus good side dishes like sweet potato casserole, Dutch House is a Georgia gem.


Earl's is a Cajun-country grocery store in Lafayette, Louisiana, that makes four-star boudin and serves to-go plate lunch.
Lafayette, LA


Dining at Edna's is a tradition for visitors to the north Georgia mountains. Best eats: superlative fried chicken, meat-and-three meals, peanut butter pie.

Eischen’s Bar

Small-town, dive-bar fried chicken joint an hour out of Oklahoma City, Eischen's is a Roadfood classic. Since 1896.

El Pollo Rico

El Pollo Rico is a restaurant in Arlington’s Virginia Square neighborhood that serves a Peruvian variety of charcoal-broiled chicken known as pollo a la brasa.


** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Ernie's is a small, well-established soul food restaurant in Charleston -- well-known to locals but seldom found by tourists. Prices are low, food flavors are high.
Charleston, SC

Fat Man’s Cafe

An Augusta favorite now located in a repurposed industrial complex, Fat Man's offers fine Dixie vegetables along with masterful fried chicken or pot roast.
Augusta, GA


A "chef-driven restaurant" serving modern Southern cuisine, FireFly, in Key West's Bahama Village, is a source of classic dishes with inventive twists.
Key West, FL

Fish Eye Grill

Fish Eye Grill in the small town of Girard, Georgia, offers estimable southern-accented fare in modern/ rustic lodge-like setting. Save room for dessert.

Four Way Restaurant | Memphis Soul Food Destination

Legendary home-cooking cafe since 1946, Four Way has been through many changes, but it remains a worthy Memphis soul food destination.
Memphis, TN

Frenchy’s Chicken

Frenchy's spicy chicken coating is always crunchy, never greasy. A long line of customers guarantees that every piece served has just come from the fryer.
Houston, TX

Gray Brothers Cafeteria

Gray Brothers cafeteria is a Hoosier heartland sampler, including fried chicken, four-star mac 'n' cheese, cornbread stuffing and butterscotch pie.

Ground Zero Blues Club

Ground Zero is a colorful restaurant / blues club named to signify the blues-lore belief that Clarksdale, Mississippi, is where the blues began.
Clarksdale, MS

Gus’s World Famous Hot and Spicy Chicken

Memphis glory: Gus's fried chicken is cased in an envelope of crust with vigorous crunch, radiating the ecstatic flavor combination of chicken fat and pepper.
Memphis, TN

H&H Soul Food

Soul food with a trendy twist makes historic H&H a breakfast and lunch destination loved by locals. Macon's Allman Brothers were regulars.
Macon, GA

Harvest Table Buffet

For over 40 years, Augusta families have flocked to the Harvest Table, a hospitable buffet offering a tremendous variety of expertly-prepared Dixie favorites.
Augusta, GA

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Hattie B's has quickly gained a reputation as one of the hottest and best hot chickens in Nashville. Cool the burn with a cup of banana pudding.
Nashville, TN

Hell’s Backbone Grill

Get the best dinner for miles at Boulder’s Backbone Grill, from black pepper biscuits to zucchini fritters to chimayo-kissed pot de creme.


Hodak's of St. Louis is a full-menu tavern, but most customers come for fried chicken, made from a recipe used by the Hodak family since 1962.
St. Louis, MO

Hollyhock Hill

Skillet-fried chicken is wonderful at Indianapolis' Hollyhock Hill. With pan gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn niblets, hot breads & apple butter.
Indianapolis, IN

Hominy Grill

Hominy Grill is the best opportunity in Charleston to savor lowcountry cuisine at reasonable prices. It's all good, especially breakfast and desserts.
Charleston, SC

Hot Sauce Williams

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Hot Sauce Williams' specialty is the Polish Boy: kielbasa, BBQ sauce, fries, & slaw all on a bun. Ribs, fried chicken and soulful sides are all very good, too.
Cleveland, OH

Hot Stuff Spicy Chicken and Fish

Southeast of Nashville in Antioch, Hot Stuff makes some of the best hot chicken anywhere. Baker Spencer Middlebrooks' layer cakes are not to be missed.
Nashville, TN

House of Bones

A BBQ parlor that cooks beef, pork, and chicken the slow, smoky way, House of Bones also makes good fried chicken, wings, po boy sandwiches, burgers and salads.


A bargain all-you-can eat buffet west of Augusta, Georgia, Ivery's is downhome cooking at its best, including splendid fried chicken and Dixie vegetables.
Thomson, GA

Jackie Hite’s Bar-B-Que

Best South Carolina Midlands BBQ features whole hogs cooked over hickory coals and scrupulously hand-pulled into supreme succulence. * CLOSED *
Batesburg-Leesville, SC

James Ranch Grill

At Durango’s James Ranch Grill, farm-to-table is more like “table on the farm,” and the rich, grass-fed beef burgers are as fresh as it gets.

Jestine’s Kitchen

Jestine's offers a wide selection of Lowcountry specialties with downhome Dixie atmosphere that makes it a tourists' favorite. **CLOSED**
Charleston, SC

Jonathan Byrd’s Cafeteria

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** A huge cafeteria with a cornucopic array of meats, salads and lovely heartland pies. Among the most memorable dishes are macaroni and cheese with a good portion of crusty, chewy top-cheese, a buttermilk drop biscuit that is a textural joy, and bread pudding laced with slices of cooked-soft apple and plenty of sweet caramel sauce.

Jubilee Cafe

For fried chicken, twice-baked potato casserole, three-bean casserole, and pie, Jubilee Cafe is an out-of-the-way gem near Peoria, Illinois.

Junction of Gowensville

The Junction is an upstate South Carolina crossroads cafe renowned for its country-style buffet, which always features sublime, gnarled-crust fried chicken.
Landrum, SC

Juniper Valley Ranch

Skillet fried chicken & baked ham with hot biscuits and apple butter put Juniper Valley Ranch on the Roadfood map. Call ahead for reservations (summer only).

L & M Cafe

Whataburgers, pork chops, fried chicken, and ingenuous dessert star at L&M Cafe, a family-friendly diner with raw nostalgic charm. *CLOSED*

La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant

Serving such soul food favorites as fried chicken, salmon cakes, catfish, and pork chops, La'wan's has become a Charlotte soul food landmark.
Charlotte, NC

Leon’s Poultry & Oyster Shop

Casual, immensely hip and urban-popular, Leon's doesn't lose track of its mission: to serve great Carolina chicken & oysters and lots of beer & wine.
Charleston, SC

Long Lake Sporting Club | Northern Maine’s Unique Ployes

Crusty fried chicken, a house specialty, comes with northern Maine's unique ployes (buckwheat crepes), butter and a pitcher of syrup.

Loveless Cafe

Nashville's legendary country-style cafe got famous for its fried chicken, biscuits, and preserves, but now The Loveless Cafe has a broad downhome menu.
Nashville, TN

M & M Soul Food Cafe

M&M is a modest, downhome soul food restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada: fried chicken with highly seasoned crust, succulent pork chops and pancake-style cornbread.
Las Vegas, NV

Machine Shed

The theme of the Machine Shed restaurant is Iowa Farm Meals: local specialties from huge cinnamon rolls at breakfast to genuine Iowa pork chops and cream pies.

Maranto’s Corner

Maranto's Corner is a gas station eatery in a desolate but welcoming Delta village. Fried chicken lunch is not to be missed.

Martha Lou’s Kitchen

Martha Lou's is a small, hospitable Charleston soul-food restaurant where everything is cooked with brio and served with grace. *CLOSED*
Charleston, SC

Martha’s Menu

A small-town cafe with fried chicken and a plethora of Dixie vegetables, plus corn bread and sweet tea: all for under $10 at Martha's of Corinth, Mississippi.


Martin's serves meat & 3 at its best: great fried chicken, vegetables galore, plus pies that are the pride of Montgomery, Alabama.
Montgomery, AL

Maryland Fried Chicken

A surviving Augusta, Georgia, outlet of a once-bigger franchise, Maryland Fried Chicken offers good eats at reasonable prices in a colorful urban setting.
Augusta, GA

Mason Social

Tender fried chicken, sweet-and-crunchy Brussels sprouts, & half-off-wine Wednesdays keep locals and visitors coming back to Mason Social.

Matthews Cafeteria

Matthews Cafeteria is a Main Street restaurant popular among locals who come for fried chicken, meat loaf, or catfish sided by well-cooked Southern vegetables.

Mayflower Cafe

A Mississippi gem featuring okra gumbo, fried shrimp and oysters, Mayflower is known for comeback dressing, for dipping fries as well as adorning salad.

MCL Cafeteria

MCL of Richmond, Indiana, is a cafeteria featuring homey vegetables and Jell-O, pies and puddings and cakes galore, and excellent fried chicken and catfish.

Middleton Place Restaurant

Part of the Middleton Place Plantation outside of Charleston, this restaurant's menu is a delicious reflection of Lowcountry culture.
Charleston, SC

Miller’s Bread Basket

Loaves, rolls, buns, pies, and cakes are featured attractions at this Main Street Mennonite bakery, where whole meals are southern meat-and-three.

Miss Jane’s Restaurant

A small-town Main-Street cafeteria, Miss Jane's is a treasure-trove of Southern fare including succulent fried chicken and beguiling cakes & pies.

Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House

Mary Bobo's Boarding House offers old-fashioned, boarding-house dining in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home town of Jack Daniel. The menu varies day to day.

Mochiko Chicken

Mochiko is a locally spun teriyaki bowl concept where Hawaiian fried chicken and char-broiled teriyaki combine with homemade sauces to fill rice bowls.
Las Vegas, NV


You don't need a southern family to enjoy the southern family dining experience at Monell's. Meals feature kettle-fried chicken, some of Nashville’s best.
Nashville, TN

Moonshine Grill

Southern comfort food is cooked up with care at Moonshine Grill, a very popular Austin, Texas, destination restaurant.
Austin, TX

Mr. D’s

Mr. D's is a Henderson, Kentucky, drive-in serving vividly spicy chicken made from a recipe popularized decades ago by legendary chicken man Colonel Jim.

Mrs. Rowe’s Family Restaurant

A tourist-friendly restaurant off I-81 in Staunton, Mrs. Rowe's is an easy opportunity to enjoy southern comfort classics, three meals a day.

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe is a small Phoenix, AZ cafe that has become a southwestern legend for its exemplary soul food, especially fried chicken and fried pork chops.
Phoenix, AZ

MTO Café

Childish comfort food attains maturity thanks to fresh ingredients and sharp execution. MTO Café is a must stop, if only for its apple rings.
Las Vegas, NV

My Three Sons of Charleston

A humble soul food / Gullah gem in North Charleston, My Three Sons serves emblematic southern comfort food, from 4-star fried chicken to creamy banana pudding.

Nana’s Soul Food

Offering some of the best soul food in Charlotte, Nana's is a cafeteria with a vast array of choices. Great vegetables! Prices are low and service is friendly.
Charlotte, NC

Nellie’s Restaurant

Nellie’s is a small-town favorite that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When tres leches cake is on the menu, it's a must.
Newburgh, IN

Noriega Hotel

A pillar of the California Basque community in Bakersfield, Noriega Hotel is an old boarding house that still serves three family-style meals a day.
Bakersfield, CA

O’Steen’s Restaurant

St. Augustine's best shrimp are served at O'Steen's. Also unique local red Minorcan clam chowder and fine Southern-style side dishes. Popular & always crowded.
St. Augustine, FL

Old Country Store

The Old Country Store serves a classic Southern buffet for very little money. Deep-fried chicken is juicy and deeply flavorful. Great vegetables galore!


For bountiful soul-food breakfast at minimum cost in Tallahassee, Florida, Olean's is a best-bet restaurant.

Pann’s | Doo-Wop Design Coffee Shop | Los Angeles

Pann's is a Southern California coffee shop that exemplifies 1950 doo-wop design. It serves breakfast all day and lunch counter classics.
Los Angeles, CA

Papa’s Kitchen

Located off Atomic Road near the SRS nuclear reservation, Papa's Kitchen is a cheerful cafe serving breakfast, meat-&-2 lunch & supper, and handsome burgers.


Parker's is a legendary BBQ restaurant that is also known for superb fried chicken. It's a convenient stop off I-95 in Wilson, North Carolina.
Wilson, NC

Patty’s Pantry

It's only a gas station canteen, but excellent chicken and fries make Patty's a good mom and pop stop just off I-84 in Connecticut.
Southbury, CT

Peaches ‘n’ Such

A farm-stand cafe surrounded by South Carolina orchards, Peaches 'n' Such serves breakfast, lunch and, of course, peach ice cream and peach cobbler.

Price’s Chicken Coop

Price's Chicken comes encased in crunchy skin imbued with the silky, savory goodness of chicken fat. A Charlotte, North Carolina, fried chicken best bet.
Charlotte, NC

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

Nashville hot chicken was created at Prince's, which still serves the best. Even mild is hot. Hot is thermonuclear!
Nashville, TN

Rainbow Drive-In

Honolulu's Rainbow Drive-In is a top spot for hefty, affordable plate lunch that is the island ideal.
Honolulu, HI

Reel M Inn

Order crispy fried pickles and settle in for worth-the-wait fried chicken at Portland's iconic dive bar called Reel M Inn.
Portland, OR

Rip’s | Illinois Valley Fried Chicken At Its Best

Of the many taverns that serve Illinois Valley fried chicken, Rip's is the best. Crunchies -- bits of insanely yummy fried skin and batter -- are a bonus.

Rizer’s Pork & Produce

On a quiet Lowcountry road, Rizer's Pork & Produce is an all-you-can-eat buffet serving pork it raises and vegetables it grows. A memorable taste of Dixie.

Rolled & Baked

** PERMANENTLY CLOSED **Great biscuits are the basis of an inventive menu in which southern classics are created with a modern twist. Rolled & Baked is one-of-a-kind-wonderful.

Root Cellar

Downhome southern food with an uptown twist makes the Root Cellar a fun Lexington, South Carolina, restaurant for culinary traditionalists & adventurers alike.
Lexington, SC

Royal Guard Fish & Chips & More

Royal Guard is a spanking-clean fish & chips restaurant that also has a clay oven from which emerge excellent seekh kabobs, chicken tikka and naan flatbreads.
Danbury, CT

Shealy’s Bar-B-Que

Shealy’s is the dominant BBQ in central South Carolina, a buffet-style feast that includes pork, pulley bones & countless southern sides.
Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Shirley Mae’s Cafe

Shirley Mae's Cafe is a Louisville institution serving fine fried chicken and side dishes in a true downhome setting.

Smith House

The Smith House of Dahlonega, Georgia, serves classic southern food boarding house style. Count on fried chicken, Brunswick stew, catfish and hushpuppies.


Oklahoma BBQ shines at this 30+ year old smokehouse with a broad menu that includes not just brisket, ribs & hot links but also burgers, calf fries and cobbler.

Southern Kitchen

Good old vintage Virginia restaurant, just off I-81 in New Market. Southern Kitchen serves fine peanut soup, country ham, and cream pies.


Does Stroud's of Kansas City serve the best fried chicken anywhere? With from-scratch fixins, too, from soup and mashed potatoes to sweet cinnamon rolls.

Sweet T’s

Downhome cafeteria style southern fare makes Sweet T's a best-bet lunch destination between Atlanta & Augusta, Georgia. Glorious desserts!
Thomson, GA

Taylor’s Bar-B-Que

BBQ plus a meat-and-three cafeteria make Taylor's a country-cooking destination (open at 4:30am) in the Bird Dog Capital of the World.
Waynesboro, GA


Teibel's serves Grandma's fried chicken: lightly-seasoned with chewy bread-crumb-crusted skin. Boned and buttered perch are another Northwest Indiana classic.

Thomas’ Promises

Homespun soul-food meat-and-two meals make Thomas' Promises a grand Sunday supper destination. Secret-recipe mac & cheese is a must.
Aiken, SC

Triplet’s Blue Store II

A spin-off of a roadside chicken shack, catering to LSU students and savvy locals who know that this little shack has destination-worthy fried chicken.
Baton Rouge, LA

Vanessa’s Soul Food Kitchen

A friendly, out-of-the-way, family soul food kitchen, Vanessa's is a Roadfood prize in the Valley of Aiken County, South Carolina.

Verucchi’s | Fried Chicken and Ravs in an Illinois Supper Club

Verucchi's is an Illinois River Valley supper club serving Italian-American classics as well as Italian fried chicken with ravs, a local favorite.

Wade’s Restaurant

Legendary meat-&-3 destination since 1947, Wade's draws Spartanburg crowds for well-priced, very-Southern vegetables, fried chicken, & motherly dinner rolls.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant

Famous for fried squash, the Wagon Wheel has been serving locals and travelers on old Highway 21 in Fort Lawn, South Carolina, for over 30 years.

Wakulla Springs Lodge

Surrounded by Florida forest & swamp, Wakulla Springs Lodge is a nature-lover's retreat serving southern food 3 times a day. Fried chicken is a best bet.

Wedron Office | Illinois Valley Fried Chicken & Bluegill

A remote Illinois tavern surrounded by corn fields, Wedron Office serves excellent fried chicken & bluegill. Entertainment: overhead TVs.

Wendill’s Chicken House

Opened in 1929, Wendill's is one of Southern California’s oldest restaurants, and with a unique menu: fried chicken, standard Thai dishes, and Latino flavors.
Los Angeles, CA

West Egg Café

From roasted corn and fried chicken hash to fluffy biscuits with hot pepper jelly, excellent and large breakfast dishes abound all day at Atlanta’s West Egg Café.
Atlanta, GA

Wife Saver

An Augusta-area sextet of fast-food restaurants, Wife Saver is known for crunch-crusted chicken, fried shrimp, and bountiful southern-style vegetables.
Augusta, GA

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Willie Mae's is a soul-food Mecca in New Orleans -- a favorite not only among locals but also of food pilgrims in search of the fried-chicken holy grail.
New Orleans, LA


Quick burgers, chicken baskets, milkshakes and ice cream make Zesto Drive-In of West Columbia, South Carolina, a culinary time machine to 20th century America.
West Columbia, SC

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