Does anyone ever really need a reason to eat fried chicken? Probably not, but just in case you do, National Fried Chicken Day is coming up on July 6. This ultimate soul food has deep roots in America, originating in the South where Scottish immigrant chicken-frying methods were combined with West African seasoning traditions.
Now beloved across the country and around the world, fried chicken was actually an expensive delicacy up until World War II, traditionally only served on special occasions. After the war, mass production techniques made this tasty and flavorful meal affordable for everyone.
In fact, Americans love fried chicken so much that a survey by National Today, which tracks national holidays, found that 16 percent of people would marry fried chicken if they could. Luckily, you don’t have to get down on one knee and propose to enjoy National Fried Chicken Day. How about just treating your office with a bucket or two of this classic cuisine?
Top 10 Fried Chicken Catering Restaurants
Here are the top 10 restaurants on ezCater when it comes to delivering fried chicken, and their most popular fried chicken menu items.
At every Metro Diner, it’s all for the love of food. It’s a philosophy that the customers love as well and keeps them coming back to the 58 Metro Diner locations across 12 states, including Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina. Their standout menu has also made Guy Fieri sit up, take notice and exclaim “diners across the world have to take a lesson from this one” on his show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Try their new twist on an old classic with their Signature Fried Chicken with sweet and spicy sauce. Better yet, upgrade to the Signature Fried Chicken Meal Pack or give the Fried Chicken Waffles Meal Pack a whirl for something a bit different.
A Houston favorite since it opened in 2012, Mia’s Table is a casual, family friendly place where all are welcome. It has now expanded to include locations in Katy, Shenandoah, Bay Area, Memorial City and Cypress. While there is no shortage of delicious Southern staples on their menu, their crisp and juicy fried chicken is the perfect way to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day.
For example, what’s better than fried chicken? How about Chicken Fried Chicken? Try the Chicken Fried Chicken Boxed Lunch with choice of gravy and side, or go old-school with some Fried Chicken Strips.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
After 60 years in business, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken isn’t just a beloved restaurant, it’s a tradition. As is their chicken, which is crispy golden-brown on the outside, juicy and succulent on the inside, and spiced just right, every time. It’s no coincidence that locations of Gus’s stretch from California to Alabama.
But the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Or, in this case, in the breading. Try the individually packaged Two-Piece Fried Chicken, or, even better, the Three-Piece Fried Chicken, and see for yourself.
The food at TGI Fridays is so good, we’re thankful for all the other days of the week that they’re open as well. From humble beginnings in 1965 in Manhattan, the restaurant has evolved into one of the most iconic bar and grill restaurants in the country, with over 500 locations in 44 states.
As for their chicken? No matter what you order, it’s a worthy way to honor National Fried Chicken Day, from their Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich to their Fried Chicken Shrimp Box.
Bob Evans Restaurant
It all began with a small 12-stool diner in Rio Grande, Ohio. Over 70 years later, Bob Evans Restaurants are now in 18 states throughout the midwest and the south and continue to bring Bob’s original vision of farm fresh food to every guest table.
Taste the difference of food made down on the farm with their Homestyle Fried Chicken Tender Platter, served with a choice of two sauces (ranch, honey mustard, or, for those who dare, wildfire sauce).
It was a simple idea but a powerful one. As interstates began to criss-cross across the country, a Tennessee man named Dan Evins saw a need for a place where travelers could stretch their legs and get a good meal at a quality price. Thus was born Cracker Barrel in 1969, locations of which can now be found in 45 states.
Known for their Southern classics, it’s no surprise that their menu is bursting with several mouth-watering ways to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day, including Fried Chicken Tenderloins, Fried Chicken Tenders Boxed Meal, and Chicken Fried Chicken.
The roots of Logan’s Roadhouse run deep, ever since the original restaurant was established in 1991 in Lexington, KY. Those roots now stretch across over 20 states, from Alabama to Michigan to California.
Known for their famous yeast rolls and mesquite wood grilled steaks, the folks at Logan’s also know their way around classic fried chicken. Try the Fried Chicken Sandwich, or for something a bit different, their Roadhouse Fried Chicken Cobb Salad or Fried Chicken Salad.
Cotton Patch Cafe
At the Cotton Patch Cafe, they’ve been serving up Texas-sized taste and value since they first opened their doors in Nacogdoches in 1989. With a philosophy rooted in hard work and hospitality, they now have over 45 locations in Texas and a few in neighboring New Mexico and Oklahoma.
It’s because of that hard work that when they say you can’t find a finer Chicken Fried Chicken in the South, it’s no idle boast. Served with gravy, choice of two classic Southern sides and a roll, it’s guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.
The Wilton Caterer
Who doesn’t love a classic Southern fried chicken dinner? The hard working people at The Wilton Caterer, (now with two locations in Mobile, Alabama) know this and take pride in perfecting this perfect comfort food. In fact, they guarantee that you’ll love it.
Feel the love for yourself with an order of their Southern Fried Chicken, served with your choice of salad, side and dessert.
At Zaxby’s, you can always count on fresh, zesty chicken- with personality. With core values rooted in guest satisfaction, excellence in taste and continuous improvement, they are constantly working on bringing customers the best in chicken. With over 900 locations in 17 states, it’s clear all that hard work has paid off.
Unsure of where to start on the menu? The popular Fried Chicken Sandwich Boxed Lunch is always a big hit, as are the Cobb Salad with Fried Chicken and Cobb Salad Platter with Fried Chicken.
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