On the hunt for a new restaurant to take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride of enjoyment? Then look no further than the food that is as well-paired with waffles as it is with mashed potatoes and asparagus. In this blog, we are featuring arguably the best comfort food out there: fried chicken. Denver’s chefs offer a smorgasbord of fried chicken dishes, from creative to classic. Here are a few favorites in no particular order.
Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken
Hot chicken is – well – pretty hot right now, but the chicken coming from Avanti F&B in Lower Highland (LoHi) sets itself apart from the competition. Chef Nick Graves has navigated the proper channels of research and development in Nashville where hot chicken is beloved by many. Chef Graves puts his own unique spin on Nashville hot chicken which he dishes out on deviled eggs, sandwiches, biscuits and even in a waffle cone with “angry” macaroni and cheese. For those who can’t handle the heat, don’t worry; there’s also traditional southern fried chicken. There’s also a plethora of mouthwatering sauces to choose from. Try the Comeback Sauce (similar to Louisiana Remoulade), the Alabama White BBQ Sauce and the Charred Onion Ranch.
Steuben’s in Uptown provides a retro neighborhood ambiance sure to elevate your comfort food experience. Enjoy their fried chicken three ways every day: buttermilk-brined and on its own with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and chicken gravy on the side, on top of a Belgian waffle or Nashville hot with a bacon brown-sugar glaze served with texas toast, pickles, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy. Also check out their Tuesday special: a Nashville-style hot chicken breast on a brioche bun with green goddess coleslaw and house-made pickles. In a rush and want fried chicken takeout? Grab a six, nine, or 15-piece bucket of Steuben’s original or Nashville hot fried chicken with mashed potatoes, chicken gravy and scratch-made biscuits or texas toast.
Welton Street Cafe
This family-owned cafe in Five Points has been serving customers in the Mile High City for more than 20 years. They specialize in Southern-style cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Have a big appetite? Welton Street Cafe has you covered. Their fried chicken entree is a juicy half-bird, seasoned and expertly fried for minimal grease, served with two sides and cornbread or white bread. For the full southern experience, order it with fried okra, a sweet tea, and peach cobbler or sweet potato pie for dessert.
The Post Chicken & Beer
If you haven’t tried The Post’s chicken yet then this location is a must. The Post in Rosedale won Westword’s Best Fried Chicken for 2021. Chef Brett Smith has perfected his fried chicken recipe. His buttermilk-brined chicken is delicious, extra-crunchy and gluten-free, making it accessible to almost everyone. Best of all, you can order it up in a variety of dishes, from chicken chicharrones with pinto bean hummus, to deviled eggs topped with crispy chicken skins, to a widespread of salads and sandwiches. We recommend the Fried Chicken Ranch BLT with tomato jam and paprika ranch or their Chicken and Waffles with a pumpkin seed butter, chorizo country gravy, chile-cherry chutney and maple syrup. Wash it down with one of The Post’s in-house brews, such as the Howdy Western Pilsner or the El Corn Amber Lager, both of which have been awarded medals at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival.
Osaka Ramen may be known for its mouth-watering ramen dishes, but you must try chef Osaka’s equally delicious Chicken Kara’age. His fried chicken comes as a small plate dish or a sandwich. This crispy chicken dish is a lightly battered, deep-fried citrus-shoyu marinated chicken served with spicy mayo. The same great chicken comes with ginger-sesame slaw and Japanese pickles in the Chicken Kara’age sandwich at OPEN, the sandwich shop inside American Bonded. Additionally, one dollar from each sandwich purchase goes to food-based local nonprofit, Project Angel Heart. Both Osaka Ramen and OPEN/American Bonded are in Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo).
It’s safe to say that Denver has an abundance of quality fried chicken locations. From classic southern-style chicken to a chef’s creative spin on an already delicious entree. Treat yourself to a comforting meal at any of these delectable locations that are sure to provide your tastebuds with a memorable experience.