Featured Photo Courtesy of Juniper (St. Louis, MO)

Fried Chicken on the Great River Road

Whether it’s fried in the north or fried in the south, get ready for fried chicken along the Great River Road. Looking for something sweet? Check our sweet stops here!


Oak Lawn Tavern (Brainerd, MN)

North of the cities is a broasted chicken favorite. Reviews rave about the service and friendly staff. Check it out!’

Wing Joint (Blaine, MN)

This joint is best known for their “must try” secret recipe chicken wing dry rub. Their Tub Tuesday special Includes 24 whole wings and is a hit in the Twin Cities.


Hager Heights Drive-In (Hager City, WI)

Traveling during the warmer months? Stop at Hager City’s small chicken drive-in to find out why it has a huge reputation!

Golden Frog (Fountain City, WI)

Originally a saloon in the late 1800s, the historic restaurant is a favorite dinner spot today. Check out their broasted chicken specials throughout the week!


Big JJ Fish & Chicken (Davenport, IA)

Fast food chicken joint that offers some of the best tasting, quality dishes you have ever eaten, including fried chicken wings, delicious chicken tenders, succulent catfish and fried fish. Plus they offer unique sides including slaw, spaghetti, fries, poppers, cheese sticks, hush puppies, crab salad, potato salad, onion rings, fried okra, cheesecake and a variety of pies.

Jack’s Chicken Palace (Dubuque, IA)

Can’t beat affordable, home-made chicken! Hungry visitors can walk-in or call ahead for their order.


Chick’s on the Square (Quincy & Macomb, IL)

These chicks are battered, fried, and dipped into homemade buffalo sauce. If there’s enough stomach room, try the ‘Big A#@ Challenge’.

Castelli’s Restaurant at 255 (Alton, IL)

Family-owned and operated, Castelli’s has been serving the Alton community since 1937. Their fried chicken features TALK-N-CHIC™, a house secret, trademarked recipe that has been passed down through the generations. It’s so popular that 70% of past dining patrons order this famous chicken from the menu.


BK’s Place (Monroe City, MO)

Reviews comment on the great staff and chicken. They also serve fried frog legs if chicken isn’t enough!

Juniper (St. Louis, MO)

This upscale restaurant offers new Southern food and cocktails rooted in the traditional dishes and spirits of the region. Brought to you by the folks that began St. Louis’ first underground restaurant, Entre.


Flamingo Row (Paducah, KY)

This Carribean-inspired restaurant has fun chicken options! Check out their coconut-battered Calypso Coconut Chicken or Wicked Chicken & Waffles.

Betty’s (Barlow, KY)

Chicken is served on select days in a spot that is known for its comfortable atmosphere. The type of food could be coined as ‘southern home cooking’.


Rooster’s Chicken Shack (Bartlett, TN)

Premium chicken strips and nuggets are served with a wide selection of milkshakes to slurp. Locals note the friendly service and taste!

Sling Shot Charlie’s (Arlington, TN)

A great spot for fried chicken with classic southern sides: fried green tomatoes, slaw, onion rings, and more! Check out their Facebook beforehand to see the current menu options.


Ole Sawmill Cafe (Forrest City, AR)

Chicken is marinated, double-dipped, and deep-fried. Consider this Arkansas comfort food!

Kelley’s Kickin Chicken (West Memphis, AR)

On the other side of Memphis, Kelley’s serving southern hospitality! Reviewers who were from out of town noted the tasty chicken and charm of the staff.


The Old Country Store (Lorman, MS)

Eat the “Best Chicken in the World”. Appearing on the Travel Channel and the Food Network, this chicken buffet is definitely causing a buzz.

Walnut Hills Restaurant (Vicksburg, MS)

Recognized as Mississippi Magazine’s 2019 Best Fried Chicken, the restaurant serves a deliciously traditional southern menu. The restaurant was originally a house built in 1880.


Willie Mae’s (New Orleans, LA)

Visitors may have to wait in line for this one! Afterall, it’s home to ‘America’s Best Fried Chicken’.

Southern Chicks Cafe & Daiquiris (New Roads, LA)

Combine chicken with daiquiris and it’s called a delicious time! Make sure to check out their website for specials.