10 Best Spots For Fried Chicken In Austin, Texas

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Despite being the home to really amazing barbeque, Austin, Texas will also never be left behind with their crunchy and juicy fried chicken. A great compliment for hamburgers, potato fries, salads, and pasta dishes, you will never go wrong having it for lunch or dinner accompanied with a sparkling glass of wine. Don’t fret for having it to-go is also an ideal way to complete an outdoor picnic and best when chilling out with friends while watching movies. Whether you are a fried chicken connoisseur or just need to satiate your taste buds with this delicious treat, here are the top 10 spots for fried chicken in Austin, Texas you shouldn’t miss trying when visiting this side of The Lone Star State.

1. Bird Bird Biscuit

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Dig in and enjoy a fresh and filling quick bite in this place with a small menu yet loaded with delicious treats to keep you full. Have the crowd’s favorite, Queen Beak, for a scrumptious biscuit with a nice beaded and spiced piece of chicken in the middle while sipping a cup of hot coffee to kick start your morning. If you’re looking for something to reward your sweet tooth, have a pack of Dough-Doughs biscuits tossed in cinnamon sugar for a complete sugar rush. Feast your eyes in the small but cute dining area while waiting for your order that you will definitely get hot and fresh.

Bird Bird Biscuit

Address: 2701 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Website: Bird Bird Biscuit

Opening hours: 7am - 2pm (daily)

2. Tumble 22

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Prepare for some hotness overload in this restaurant that serves spicy chicken that is crispy on the outside and super juicy and tender on the inside. Spice up your life with their four heat levels ranging from “wimpy” to “Cluck n Hot” perfect for diners who love to eat spicy food. Have the freedom to order whatever type of chicken meat you want (light meat or dark meat) and grab delicious sides or sandwiches for non-spicy lovers too. Don’t forget to get some signature sips to wash down your meal and have some pecan pie stuffed with chocolate for dessert to cleanse your palate after.

Tumble 22

Address: 7211 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

Website: Tumble 22

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 10pm

3. Culinary Dropout

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Party all year long at Culinary Dropout serving genuine food and drinks with local bands playing live music on-stage. Feel welcome in its unique atmosphere with a covered patio where outdoor seating is arranged with plush sofas and with a ping-pong table, cornhole, and other games perfect for hanging out while waiting for your food. Take your brunch to the next level with their fried chicken with a buttermilk biscuit, honey drizzle, sunny side up egg, and fresh herbs. If you have someone with you who’s not a fan of fried chicken, fret not for their menu includes enough diversity that even kids will love including sandwiches and salads.

Culinary Dropout

Address: 11721 Rock Rose, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78758

Website: Culinary Dropout

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri: 11am - 12pm; Sat: 10am - 12pm; Sun: 10am - 10pm

4. Fixe Southern House

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Enjoy the beautiful setting of this fine dining restaurant with first-class ambience, great bar service, and excellent food choices. Feast on their fried chicken with buttermilk, kale, green apple, and spicy honey or have the heritage pork chop for those who don’t want the chicken dish. Don’t forget to take a bite of the famous Fixe biscuits with optional gravy, jam, honey, and spreadable spicy sausage with wide-ranging flavours that go well with the light and fluffy biscuits. Definitely, a must-visit place for diners who want to have an authentic southern cuisine with a modern twist while in Texas.

Fixe Southern House

Address: 500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Fixe Southern House

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 4:30pm - 11pm; Sun - Thu: 4:30am - 10pm (open for lunch on Sunday: 11am - 2pm)

5. Lucy's Fried Chicken

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Make your way to this homegrown restaurant that serves fried chicken with other Texas fare and also has a bar that offers creative craft cocktails and plenty of cold beer. Enjoy the branch located in College Avenue set inside a funky converted old house where the backyard dining area is shady and breezy, just right for hanging out with friends. Aside from the house specialities, enjoy munching down on a perfectly cooked giant chicken fried steak, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, and onion rings, all of which is served to treat your palate while in Austin.

Lucy's Fried Chicken

Address: 2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Website: Lucy’s Fried Chicken

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12pm; Sun: 10am - 11pm

6. Gus's Fried Chicken

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Savour the experience of dining in this chicken house famous for its spicy flavoured fried chicken with tasty side orders. Satisfy your cravings with Gus’s Fried Chicken that has a crispy coating that is somehow magically welded to the moist meat. Family friendly and casual, you will never go wrong spending quality time with your whole crew in this place after strolling around Austin. Don’t forget to order some sides for they all taste like homemade goodness such as the coleslaw, beans, and fries and make sure to grab some pie for dessert.

Gus's Fried Chicken

Address: 117 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Website: Gus’s Fried Chicken

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

7. Max's Wine Dive

Take delight in this fun and funky restaurant and wine bar with an industrial feel offering gourmet comfort food and quality wines at reasonable prices. Fill your tummy with a delicious serving of buttermilk fried chicken that comes with a side of kale, mash potatoes, and French toast. Aside from the decent glass of wine, grab some crab cakes, meatloaf, and the artichoke dip for your chicken for a complete dining experience. If you have food allergies, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff or the chef for recommendations for they are more than happy to go out of their way to accommodate everyone’s needs.

Max's Wine Dive

Address: 207 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

Website: Max’s Wine Dive

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 12am; Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 10pm

8. Gourdough's

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Relax while having a satisfying meal in this restaurant with a cosy pub atmosphere and a doughnut dough concept for almost everything on the menu, that kids will surely love. Enjoy the outdoor seating as you indulge over the delicious taste of their doughnut entrees including the Mother Clucker made of hand-battered fried chicken breast and honey butter or grab a bite of the famous Country Clucker with a perfect combo of salty, sweet, and different textures. The food is very heavy, so come hungry but make sure to leave room for sweet doughnuts such as the Salty Balls and Glory Daze for a complete dining experience.


Address: 2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Website: Gourdough’s

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 12am; Sat: 10am - 1am; Sun: 10am - 12am

9. Chi'Lantro BBQ

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If you’re a fan of Asian food and love the unique spices of Korean cuisine, make your way to this food house that serves yummy fare. Devour the delicious goodness of authentic Korean fried chicken wings doused in sweet and spicy Gangnam sauce that is well cooked, seasoned, and garnished with sesame seeds. Satisfy your cravings and have a rice bowl for a complete Korean dining experience and don’t go home without trying their sinfully delicious kimchi fries.

Chi'Lantro BBQ

Address: 5222 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

Website: Chi'Lantro BBQ

Opening hours: 10:30am - 10pm (daily)

10. Top Notch

Famous for their charcoal American hamburgers, a visit to this old-school restaurant with an ultra-casual counter-service dive will never be complete without tasting their mouthwatering fried chicken. Stop by for a unique drive-in moment or choose to sit inside to experience a time warp back to the old days and enjoy one of the best fried chicken in town together with a flame-broiled flavourful burger and onion rings with a crunchy batter. Kids and the young at heart will surely love to make use of the paper convertible car cut-outs, lots of cute photo ops, and memorabilia from Dazed & Confused on display.

Top Notch

Address: 7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

Website: Top Notch

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

Don't chicken out trying this fried chicken

Spicy Fried Chicken Wings, smoked blue cheese dip, b&b pickles $9
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Throw away your food inhibitions and dig into these treats from any of the food institutions mentioned above while touring around the city. Whether you’re looking for a unique food adventure or just want to try some of the finger-licking good dishes, you will never go wrong trying out fried chicken in Austin that is both delicious and satisfying. Remember that some people are allergic to chicken meat, so make sure to consider your companions’ dietary restrictions for an enjoyable dining experience.

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