Ezell’s Famous Chicken

Chicken Dinner | Soul Food
Worth a detour

Ezell himself was on hand behind the counter the day I stopped in to his restaurant at 23rd Avenue and East Jefferson, and he looked to be a man who enjoys life. And why shouldn’t he? Starting at this location in 1984, he has expanded to over a dozen Famous Chicken restaurants in the Puget Sound area, and has become a conspicuous success. While not indigenous to Seattle (Ezell brought the recipe from Texas), his fried chicken has become one of the city’s Roadfood highlights, not to be missed by anyone on a chicken-eating tour around the country.

It is a curious bird, not as juicy as most great chickens. It doesn’t drip or ooze. But the flavor is packed into the meat, which is tender and moist and completely satisfying; and the thin case of crust, with which each piece is liberally endowed, is melting-rich. When you order your food at the counter — white or dark, by the piece, as dinner or snack pack or family pack — you will be asked if you want it traditional. Not a bad choice, but I say spicy is better. It is bright and zesty but not Nashville-chicken-hot. Beans are thick and substantial, slaw is crisp, soft rolls are yeasty-sweet, and mashed potatoes are the real deal. Peach cobbler is good and buttery.

All business is take-out.

What to Eat
Ezell’s Famous Chicken, 2 Piece Dark Meat Chicken Dinner
2 Piece Dark Meat Chicken Dinner
Thigh's crust is as flavorful as bacon.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11am - 10pm
Monday10am - 10pm
Tuesday10am - 10pm
Wednesday10am - 10pm
Thursday10am - 10pm
Friday10am - 10pm
Saturday10am - 11pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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