Oprah may have flown Ezell’s chicken out to Chicago whenever she had a particular craving, but there are plenty of other crispy Northwest recipes for this comfort-food favorite.
Ma‘ono Fried Chicken & Whisky
Crafting the fried chicken with gochujang and honey-hot mustard sauces is a two-day process: On the first day, chicken is soaked in buttermilk; the next, it’s dipped in batter and double fried, coated in soy sauce powder, ground bonito, shiitake mushrooms and konbu seaweed. $19 half chicken/$38 whole chicken; call ahead to reserve. West Seattle, 4437 California Ave. SW; 206.935.1075
Brave Horse Tavern
On Sunday nights, legions descend upon this South Lake Union hub for the fried chicken dinner, for which pieces are brined in dill pickle juice and dredged in an Old Bay–spiked flour. $14. South Lake Union, 310 Terry Ave. N; 206.971.0717
Lisa Dupar brought her Southern fried chicken recipe all the way from the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, where this Southerner got her start. Her chicken is topped with crushed saltine cracker crumbs and finished off in the oven to evaporate excess grease, then served with a three-potato salad. $19. Redmond, 18005 NE 68th St.; 425.556.5972
Heaven Sent Fried Chicken
The juicy fried chicken at Ezell Stephens’ (the original owner of the famous Ezell’s) new establishment comes in both spicy and original flavors, served up with two small sides and a roll. About $10 for a four-piece order. Three locations, including Lake City, 14330 Lake City Way NE; 206.363.1167