Mardi Gras Eats: Louisiana’s Best Fried Chicken
I will let you in on one of my deep, dark secrets: I am a fried chicken addict. So once a year, at Mardi Gras, I saunter into Popeyes and over-order everything. With that in mind, and since almost every cooler on the parade route in any Louisiana city is packed with fried chicken, I decided to do the legwork for you and find Louisiana’s best fried chicken restaurants statewide.
NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER: This is tough, because they’re frying chicken on every corner in New Orleans. One of my favorites is Fiorella’s, where you must have the red beans, as well. Did we mention they’re open until two a.m. on weekends? Because sometimes you just need a three-piece plate in the middle of the night. You know who you are.
Named for the patron saint of cooks, the fried chicken at Saint Lawrence is a godsend to frequenters of New Orleans’s upper French Quarter. Golden, crispy, and particularly well-seasoned, the chicken is part of the restaurant’s seasonal approach to elevated pub fare and pairs delightfully with their seasonal squash medley and mile-high cornbread. Another feature that sets Saint Lawrence apart from its neighborhood competitors is its rotating selection of outstanding frozen daiquiris (the Pimm’s Cup daiquiri is a perennial favorite).