Wayside Takeout & Catering

Chicken Dinner
Worth a detour

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-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)
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
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
Monday9am - 9pm
Tuesday9am - 9pm
Wednesday9am - 9pm
Thursday9am - 9pm
Friday9am - 9pm
Saturday9am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 1 hr 7 min total driving
4 stops | 4 hr 58 min total driving
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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