It’s National Fried Chicken Day! Where will you celebrate?

It’s National Fried Chicken Day. Where will you celebrate?

You could try Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. Rocky’s (as the name might suggest) is primarily a purveyor of mercilessly hot chicken. Though you may order your bird completely plain, masters of pain may opt for the über-spicy Mount Saint Hell No — fried chicken whose heat has no equal in Asheville, as far as we know. Just how hot is it? Watch this video of me and Chai Pani chef and owner Meherwan Irani struggling to chow down on the fire-bird.

Also, The Junction turns out a sweet-tea-brined bird, an organic Ashley Farms chicken, no less. The restaurant’s fried-chicken plate is $14, and includes a pickled green-tomato stew and roasted garlic dressing. The Junction is located at 348 Depot St. in the River Arts District.

The folks at HomeGrown serve great chicken, too — and did you know you can actually have it for breakfast there? Heck yeah, you can — over a biscuit. At this point in the day, you’ve probably already had your breakfast, so let us clue you into the fried-chicken lunch and dinner options: How about local bird with one side of the day for $8? Or, you can have a buttermilk-fried-chicken sandwich with horseradish honey mustard for $6.50. Sweet deal. HomeGrown is located at 371 Merrimon Ave.

If you want plenty of awesome for your buck — by awesome, we mean combining fried chicken with bacon — head to Tupelo Honey. The restaurant has a fried-chicken BLT, with hormone-free and antibiotic-free chicken breast, bacon, Dijonnaise and all the rest of the stuff you’d expect to find on a BLT.

For other places to get your fried-chicken fix, there’s also the Early Girl Eatery and the new Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen on Market Street, both in downtown Asheville.

Where will you go to celebrate Fried Chicken Day? Comment below.


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