There's a sort of primitive pleasure to eating fried chicken. You're gnawing the bones to get at the last morsels of meat and your fingers are all covered in grease. It's real caveman stuff. Would you have it any other way, though? It's way more fun than using cutlery or even nibbling carefully at the edge of a burrito.

So choose a style (American? Korean?), a cut (thigh? wing?) and your spice level, and get stuck in.

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Juanita Peaches

The birds are carved in-house, meaning every piece gets some decent meat on it.

12 Edward Street, Brunswick

Rockwell and Sons

Brined for three days, tossed in seasoned flour, then fried.

288 Smith Street, Collingwood

Phat Chicks Fried Chicken

Ever tried instant ramen fried chicken?

a 549 Barkly Street, West Footscray

Leonard’s House of Love

Fried in a classic blend of onion, garlic, paprika and cayenne.

3 Wilson Street, South Yarra


Breaded, fried then doused in buffalo or barbeque sauce.

48 Easey Street, Collingwood

Belles Hot Chicken Fitzroy

Get your spice fix in Fitzroy, Richmond or Windsor.

150 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Magic Mountain Saloon

The exact dressings change frequently, but they always have a Thai bent.

62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Parlour Diner

Match with curly fries and jalapeño poppers.

64 Chapel Street, Windsor

Le Bon Ton

Take a chance and order something other than the usual slow-cooked meat.

51 Gipps Street, Collingwood


Cheap and cheerful as they come.

370 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

F.A.T. (Fried and Tasty)

You can order a whole bucket of the stuff, KFC style.

360 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Truck Stop Deluxe

Fourteen secret herbs and spices. You listening, Mr Sanders?

98 Watton Street, Werribee

4Fingers Crispy Chicken

A “fast-casual” fried chicken restaurant drawing on the flavours of Koreatown, NYC.

189-191 Bourke Street, Melbourne