Charlottesville, Virginia Fried Chicken

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 in this area is 20 miles southwest of town, in and around the city of Charlottesville. Some of the city’s best can be found in the most unlikely eateries.


Chicken Coop

It's a gas-station restaurant, but the Chicken Coop serves memorable Virginia fried chicken. While ideal piping hot, it stays delicious for hours.


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.

Must Eats

Wayside Takeout & Catering

In Charlottesville, a city of excellent fried chicken, Wayside is a standout. Available by piece or platter, it is magnificently juicy and peppered just-right.



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

Must Eats

Private: Preston Avenue Shell

In the unlikely location of a gas station deli, some of the most delicious fried chicken in Virginia is cooked and served at rock-bottom prices.


Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

Ace of Charlottesville, Virginia, makes everything from scratch, extraordinarily well. Not just biscuits and BBQ; also pancakes, waffles & fried chicken.