5 Places to Get Crispy, Delicious Fried Chicken

It’s National Fried Chicken Day! Here’s how we would celebrate.

THIS IS OFFICIAL PERMISSION to eat fried chicken all day long. Not that you need it. Need a little help deciding where to get your fix? Indulge your fried tooth in this quintet of ways:

1. Coaches

1125 N. NINTH ST. | 414-708-5541

This counter-service food court spot inside Eleven25 at Pabst offers all kinds of parts – breast, thigh, leg, etc. For sides, you can get mac and cheese, fries, greens, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits and much more. 

2. Tomken’s

8001 W. GREENFIELD AVE. | 414-258-9110

Buckets in various sizes, chicken dinners, wings and sandwiches are all part of this poultry-heavy menu. A more recent menu addition is the fried thigh – get it served with dipping sauce or as part of a dinner (with fries, coleslaw and Italian bread).

Photo by Pearl Nemecek



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3. Nino’s Southern Sides

4475 N. OAKLAND AVE. | 414-964-3663

Order your fried chicken with choice of two sides from a list that features collards, yams, mac and cheese, coleslaw, black-eyed peas and others.

Fried chicken. Photo by Adam Ryan Morris.

4. Daddy’s Soul Food Grille

754 N. 27TH ST. | 414-448-6165

Fried chicken is offered every day on their soul food buffet. And one of the specialties here is that genius combo of fried chicken and waffles.

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

5. Maxie’s

6732 W. FAIRVIEW AVE. | 414-292-3969

Scroll down the menu posted on Maxie’s website and you’ll find it – buttermilk fried chicken (4 or 6 pieces) served with mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, maple-braised collard greens and orange-honey butter biscuits.

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.