August 09, 2019

Where to Find Cincinnati’s 14 Tastiest Fried Chicken Joints

Believe it or not, the Queen City has become something of a fried chicken hot spot over the past several years. Four new eateries boasting fried tenders and hot chicken have popped up in the last year, joining a multitude of established joints that have been feeding the hearts, souls and mouths of the Southern-loving Cincinnatians for decades. From hole-in-the-wall gems to hot new spots and classic joints we know and love, these are your best bets for some damn good fried chicken.
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Libby’s Southern Comfort
35 W. Eighth St., Covington
Covington eatery Libby's Southern Comfort is helmed by Brad Wainscott, whose local culinary lineage extends to longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern, which are owned by his father. Fried chicken reigns supreme on the menu, in addition to other popular items like goetta hush puppies and oysters on the half shall. Libby's also serves a wide drink menu that features vintage bourbons, Cheerwine bourbon slushes and Braxton beers, among other options.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Libby’s Southern Comfort

35 W. Eighth St., Covington
Covington eatery Libby's Southern Comfort is helmed by Brad Wainscott, whose local culinary lineage extends to longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern, which are owned by his father. Fried chicken reigns supreme on the menu, in addition to other popular items like goetta hush puppies and oysters on the half shall. Libby's also serves a wide drink menu that features vintage bourbons, Cheerwine bourbon slushes and Braxton beers, among other options.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hitching Post
4535 Kellogg Ave., East End
“World’s Best Fried Chicken” is this diner’s claim to fame. The no-frills eatery also offers burgers and Tall Stacks (overstuffed double-decker sandwiches) in addition to traditional classics like meatloaf and liver and onions. 
Photo via Facebook.com/HitchingPostKellogg

Hitching Post

4535 Kellogg Ave., East End
“World’s Best Fried Chicken” is this diner’s claim to fame. The no-frills eatery also offers burgers and Tall Stacks (overstuffed double-decker sandwiches) in addition to traditional classics like meatloaf and liver and onions.
Photo via Facebook.com/HitchingPostKellogg
The Eagle OTR
1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
The Eagle is nested inside a retired post office and has a relatively small menu, comprised of fried chicken, sandwiches, snacks and several side dishes. Booze-wise, they serve 100 kinds of beer and have about 15 different brews on tap. The fried chicken is free-range, all natural and sourced from Ohio farms. Opt for a whole, half chicken (white and dark meat) or a quarter of a chicken (select white or dark). The artichoke dip is a must.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheEagleOTR

The Eagle OTR

1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
The Eagle is nested inside a retired post office and has a relatively small menu, comprised of fried chicken, sandwiches, snacks and several side dishes. Booze-wise, they serve 100 kinds of beer and have about 15 different brews on tap. The fried chicken is free-range, all natural and sourced from Ohio farms. Opt for a whole, half chicken (white and dark meat) or a quarter of a chicken (select white or dark). The artichoke dip is a must.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheEagleOTR
Purple Poulet
603 Sixth Ave., Dayton
Dayton, Kentucky’s Purple Poulet brands itself as a Southern bourbon bistro, emphasis on the bourbon — and the hospitality and service. The eatery is well-known for their Southern fried chicken, offering five different menu items featuring it, including the fried chicken and waffle and "claim to fame" fried chicken dinner.
Photo via purplepoulet.com

Purple Poulet

603 Sixth Ave., Dayton
Dayton, Kentucky’s Purple Poulet brands itself as a Southern bourbon bistro, emphasis on the bourbon — and the hospitality and service. The eatery is well-known for their Southern fried chicken, offering five different menu items featuring it, including the fried chicken and waffle and "claim to fame" fried chicken dinner.
Photo via purplepoulet.com
Joella’s Hot Chicken
180 E. Freedom Way, Downtown; 2440 High St., Crescent Springs
Taste the flavors of the South at Joella’s Hot Chicken, offering Nashville-style hot chicken with the perfect amount of spice and sauce of your choosing. They also offer handmade sides, desserts and sweet tea. 
Photo: Jesse Fox

Joella’s Hot Chicken

180 E. Freedom Way, Downtown; 2440 High St., Crescent Springs
Taste the flavors of the South at Joella’s Hot Chicken, offering Nashville-style hot chicken with the perfect amount of spice and sauce of your choosing. They also offer handmade sides, desserts and sweet tea.
Photo: Jesse Fox
Richie’s
1301 Linn St., Price Hill; 4871 Reading Road, Saint Bernard; 110 Woolper Ave., Avondale
Richie’s is a great place to find top-notch, no-frills soul food in the Queen City. Their spicy chicken is made in house, along with their fish and hot and spicy potato wedges. 
Photo via Richie's Facebook

Richie’s

1301 Linn St., Price Hill; 4871 Reading Road, Saint Bernard; 110 Woolper Ave., Avondale
Richie’s is a great place to find top-notch, no-frills soul food in the Queen City. Their spicy chicken is made in house, along with their fish and hot and spicy potato wedges.
Photo via Richie's Facebook
The Greyhound Tavern
2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell
The Greyhound Tavern has been a Fort Mitchell institution since the 1930s. You won’t want to miss the divine fried chicken, the ginormous onion rings or the Hot Brown. It’s family-style fried chicken night on Mondays and Tuesdays, with generous portions of bird — rolled in secret-recipe herbed flour and fried — mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and biscuits. 
Photo via Facebook.com/GreyhoundTavern

The Greyhound Tavern

2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell
The Greyhound Tavern has been a Fort Mitchell institution since the 1930s. You won’t want to miss the divine fried chicken, the ginormous onion rings or the Hot Brown. It’s family-style fried chicken night on Mondays and Tuesdays, with generous portions of bird — rolled in secret-recipe herbed flour and fried — mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and biscuits.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreyhoundTavern
CHX
1211 Broadway St., Pendleton
CHX is owned and operated by Hickory Wald — the team behind 3 Points Urban Brewery, Nation Kitchen and Bar and Rhinehaus. Their signature menu item is Bantys, which are "lump-sized" chicken pieces named after a wild and soulful breed of Indonesian chickens called "Bantam," in two different brined and golden-fried finishing options: original or hot. In addition to Bantys, the chicken joint also offers salads, sandwiches and shareable sides like CHX nachos, fried cheese curds, wavy fries and more.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

CHX

1211 Broadway St., Pendleton
CHX is owned and operated by Hickory Wald — the team behind 3 Points Urban Brewery, Nation Kitchen and Bar and Rhinehaus. Their signature menu item is Bantys, which are "lump-sized" chicken pieces named after a wild and soulful breed of Indonesian chickens called "Bantam," in two different brined and golden-fried finishing options: original or hot. In addition to Bantys, the chicken joint also offers salads, sandwiches and shareable sides like CHX nachos, fried cheese curds, wavy fries and more.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hyde Park Hitching Post
2715 Madison Road, Hyde Park
This classic Hyde Park eatery is known for its “pot ‘n pan cooking” and some really good fried chicken. The restaurant uses fresh chicken, hand-breaded with their signature recipe batter. They offer a variety of different dishes, including family-sized fried chicken meals with sides, chicken baskets, a generous breakfast menu and homestyle dinners like Aunt Ruth’s Homemade Meatloaf or country fried steak. 
Photo via Facebook.com/HydeParkHitchingPost

Hyde Park Hitching Post

2715 Madison Road, Hyde Park
This classic Hyde Park eatery is known for its “pot ‘n pan cooking” and some really good fried chicken. The restaurant uses fresh chicken, hand-breaded with their signature recipe batter. They offer a variety of different dishes, including family-sized fried chicken meals with sides, chicken baskets, a generous breakfast menu and homestyle dinners like Aunt Ruth’s Homemade Meatloaf or country fried steak.
Photo via Facebook.com/HydeParkHitchingPost
CityBird Tenders
1344 Vine St., Downtown; 11309 Montgomery Road, Suite D, Symmes Township
The deep-fried offspring of The Eagle in OTR, CityBird is owned by Thunderdome Restaurant Group, dishing out cage-free, all-natural chicken paired with housemade craft sauces. CityBird’s “house-brined, fresh fried” chicken leans more toward tenderness than crispiness, but still packs a considerable punch.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

CityBird Tenders

1344 Vine St., Downtown; 11309 Montgomery Road, Suite D, Symmes Township
The deep-fried offspring of The Eagle in OTR, CityBird is owned by Thunderdome Restaurant Group, dishing out cage-free, all-natural chicken paired with housemade craft sauces. CityBird’s “house-brined, fresh fried” chicken leans more toward tenderness than crispiness, but still packs a considerable punch.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger