Fried Chicken Charlottesville

Best Fried Chicken in Charlottesville

In Food & Drink by Tammy Brown

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Is there anything more Southern than some classic fried chicken, with all the fixings? I’m not talking about Colonel Sanders or Popeye’s, which may satisfy a craving in a pinch. We’re talking about fresh, juicy chicken that’s hand-breaded and fried to perfection. Once you ditch the KFC for these local favorites, you’ll never go back. But what’s fried chicken without mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, or baked beans?

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, then check out our list for the best fried chicken in Charlottesville!

Wayside Chicken

If you’re a Charlottesville local, then you’ve heard of Wayside Takeout & Catering. Not only has Wayside been serving up fried chicken for over 50 years, but the popular eatery has been featured in Southern Living’s “Best of South” edition. Eat out or dine-in, the choice is yours! There’s plenty of options when it comes to how much chicken you need, ranging from a 2-piece meal to family deals with 24 pieces of chicken, 4 large sides, and 12 rolls.

Whether you need to feed yourself or the entire family, Wayside is happy to help. Sides include macaroni and cheese, potato salad, cole slaw, collard greens, and more. Be sure to check out Wayside for some of the most flavorful fried chicken you’ve ever tasted!


Another go-to place for fried chicken in Charlottesville is Brown’s. It may not look like much on the outside but it’s what matters on the inside, right? A family-favorite and owner-operated restaurant, Brown’s boasts amazing food and customer service. With a perfectly crispy outside and a tender, juicy middle, the chicken at Wayside is nearly flawless. However, they aren’t just known for their chicken. Their potato wedges are almost just as famous as the fried chicken!

Smoked Kitchen and Tap

Located just outside of Charlottesville in Crozet, Smoked Kitchen and Tap is typically known for being a barbeque joint (hence the name). Although their barbeque is killer, they also dish up some of the best fried chicken in the area. Although Brown’s and Wayside are the most well-known fried chicken spots in town, Smoked offers a better atmosphere for hanging out with friends and grabbing a drink.

You can grab their Signature Fried Chicken with two sides and cornbread, or opt for chicken and waffles for a truly southern-style meal. With more gourmet sides including creamed corn with smoked jalapeno, cheesy bacon potatoes, and roasted cauliflower, this place is heaven for foodies. Don’t worry, mac and cheese, baked beans, and french fries are still on the menu and just as delicious. The fried chicken sandwich is where Smoked really stands out in comparison to other chicken places. Topped with southern hot honey, Duke’s mayo, and pickles, the sandwich hits all the right spots. Sweet and savory with just a touch of heat.  

Feeling hungry, yet? Next time you’re craving some greasy fried chicken, do yourself a favor and skip the fast food joints. Check out one of these local favorites for some of the best fried chicken in Charlottesville. You won’t be disappointed!

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