Wayside Takeout & Catering

Chicken Dinner
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If only for its credo – “This Chicken ‘Clucks’ For You” – I would like Wayside Takeout and Catering, which bills itself as the home of Ole Va Fried Chicken. The 40+ year old chicken shack fries up pieces of bird that are plump and plush, all about chicken flavor with a finely peppered crust. The seasonings are so refined that I didn’t fully appreciate their goodness until I was down to the bone and found myself hunting for any little patch of crisp skin that fell as I ate. I didn’t want to leave one scrap of this delicious chicken behind!

All meals are served in Styrofoam dishware and although there are a handful of tables inside, most business is take-out. After enjoying an insanely moist thigh and full-flavored breast on premises, I walked out with a dozen drumsticks, which maintained good crunch as room-temp snacks throughout the day.

Baked chicken also is available. Perhaps some day, in another life, it should be sampled.

What to Eat
Wayside Takeout & Catering, Thigh
Thigh
Must-Try
Thigh-oh-my! Of all the delicious fried chicken thighs in Charlottesville (and there are many), Wayside's ranks at or near the top: crunchy, juicy, bursting with flavor and haloed by spice.
Wayside Takeout & Catering, Drumsticks (8 piece)
Drumsticks (8 piece)
Must-Try
Drumsticks are oozingly delicious when warm, but also proved to be a terrific room-temperature snack throughout the day.
Wayside Takeout & Catering, Dirty Rice
Dirty Rice
Must-Try
As good as the chicken was, the dirty rice was the star of the plate. Barely visible was big chucks of spicy andouille sausage.
Wayside Takeout & Catering, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Collard greens are tender and quite bland unless spiked with plenty of hot sauce.
Wayside Takeout & Catering, Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese
Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese
All fried chicken restaurants in this region offer mac 'n' cheese as a side dish. Wayside's version is good, but not good enough to distract appetite away from the exquisite chicken.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday9am - 9pm
Tuesday9am - 9pm
Wednesday9am - 9pm
Thursday9am - 9pm
Friday9am - 9pm
Saturday9am - 9pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 46 MILES | 1 hr 7 min

In the late 19th century, Gordonsville, Virginia was known as the Chicken Leg Center of the Universe because the town's "chicken ladies" used to stand on the train platform offering trays full of fried chicken and biscuits to travelers. Gordonsville honors that heritage with a Fried Chicken Festival every May, but the great fried chicken…

4 stops | 306 MILES | 4 hr 58 min

Blue Ridge Parkway

This five hour trip will take drivers along the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina to wonderful regional food served in restaurants that sing of local color.

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Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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