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Fried chicken from Quick Pack Food Mart. (Photo by Jenny Kuglin / Seattle Refined)

5 of Seattle's hidden gem fried chicken spots

With several locations and lots of history, most Seattleites have had a piece of Ezell's Chicken or Heaven Sent, but there are plenty of other fried chicken spots worth giving a try in the Emerald City. From traditional to exotically spiced, here are five hidden gem fried chicken spots worth checking out the next time you're craving the decadent treat.Mary's Kitchen at El Corazon. Mary Gallagher has bright red hair, plenty of tattoos, and some of the best fried chicken in all of Seattle. Mary's Kitchen may be a small takeout window at the El Corazon club, but the food has big flavor. The batter is light and fried to a golden brown, with the perfect amount of seasoning. Her macaroni and cheese is excellent too, so save some room for a few bites of that too. This spot has only been open for a few months, so get there before it becomes one of Seattle's hottest destinations.

Mary's Kitchen at El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave E
Neighborhood: South Lake Union

Quick Pack Food Mart. Fried chicken from a convenience store may not sound that appetizing, but that's only because you haven't tried the fried chicken at Quick Pack Food Mart. This small, unassuming spot at the corner of MLK and Jackson in the Central District has spicy fried chicken that's my favorite in town because it is ridiculously moist. At less than three bucks for a breast and $1.39 for a wing, it's a cheap and delicious lunch on the go. (Pro tip: Ask for a side of the hot sauce they keep behind the counter.)

Quick Pack Food Mart
2616 S Jackson St
Neighborhood: Central District

Harry's Chicken Joint. If you want good, old-fashioned fried chicken with a homey atmosphere, you need to head to Harry's Chicken Joint ASAP. The fried chicken at Harry's is brined in buttermilk for a day, dredged in herbed flour, dipped in buttermilk again, dredged again, smoked, then slowly fried in a cast-iron kettle. Harry's itself is small and casual and I prefer to sit at one of the counter stools while dipping my chicken in one of the amazing homemade sauces.

Harry's Chicken Joint
6032 California Ave SW
Neighborhood: West Seattle

Marco Polo Bar and Grill. This place is a true dive bar, with pull-tabs, pinball machines, and an indoor fire pit; but it's also got "World Famous Broasted Chicken" that will blow your mind. It takes about 20 minutes to get to your table after you've ordered it, but it's definitely worth the wait. If you go during Happy Hour, you can wash it down with $2 beers.

Marco Polo Bar and Grill
5613 4th Ave S
Neighborhood: Georgetown

Fort St. George. The Chicken Karaage is the most non-traditional fried chicken on this list, but it's definitely worth a try if you're feeling experimental. I'm sentimental toward this chicken since I ate it on one of my first dates with my now-husband, but I think him showing me this chicken is what made me start to fall in love. Fort St. George serves western-style Japanese food and the Chicken Karaage is lightly battered, spicy, and sour. You dip it in mayonnaise (!) and chomp on tiny dill pickles served on the side. Good luck having just one order.

Fort St. George
601 S King St
Neighborhood: International District

What's your favorite fried chicken in Seattle? Let me know in the comments!




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