Fried chicken, a quintessential summer picnic food, is a Southern staple, and Richmond boasts a plethora of locally-owned eateries that each bring their unique flair to this classic favorite. Grab a drumstick and check out these top spots that offer some of the best fried chicken in RVA.

a plate of fried chicken and other soul food dishes at Mama J's

Mama J’s

Mama J’s Kitchen
A Richmond institution and the reigning champion of Richmond’s inaugural Fried Chicken Bracket, Mama J’s serves up its fried chicken with a soulful flair. It is best paired with their famous mac ‘n cheese or collard greens.


Ukrop’s Market Hall
A beloved local favorite, a box of Ukrop’s fried chicken, best paired with their signature potato wedges, is the perfect grab-and-go fried chicken offering.


a chicken sandwich

Buttermilk and Honey

Buttermilk and Honey
For handheld fried chicken sandwiches, head to Buttermilk & Honey for an impressive nine different chicken sandwich offerings – all of which can be made gluten-free and meatless as well.


Fuzzy Cactus
This Northside eatery dedicates a full section of its menu to fried chicken, from a full bird to a chicken box, wings to tenders, Fuzzy Cactus has a fried chicken option to suit your palette.


Liberty Public House
If you prefer your chicken with a bit of heat, head to Liberty Public House where you’ll find the RVA Hot Chicken- available in both sandwich and platter form.