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The deep south is known for great fried chicken. My grandma mastered the art of frying chicken. Nobody else comes close.  Back in the day, nobody in West Alabama could beat the fried chicken at Cotton Patch. It was simply the best. Legendary fried chicken for sure.

A recent ranking says there are five MUST TRY fried chicken restaurants in Alabama.

Martin’s in Montgomery, Alabama is an institution.

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The meat and three has been serving up fine food for more than 80 years. Fried chicken at Martin's is the most popular thing on the menu. Martin's fried chicken is on Alabama's 100 Best Dishes list.

Jackson's fried chicken in Camden, Alabama is another MUST TRY.

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Celebrities have managed to find Jackson’s. Customers include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Eugene's Hot Chicken in Hoover, Alabama is another MUST TRY.

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Eugene's Hot Chicken food truck hit the streets in 2015. Now there are two brick and mortar locations of Eugene's, including Birmingham and Hoover. Order the “stupid hot” fried chicken at your own risk.

The Chicken Shack in Laverne, Alabama makes the MUST TRY list.

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Chicken Shack has some of the best fried chicken you will ever eat. Forgive me Grandma.

Betty Maye’s in Huntsville, Alabama

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Betty Mae’s makes fried chicken so good it will make you want to curl up and take a nap. This is juicy and exceptionally flavorful fried chicken.

Finally, I give Publix fried chicken in Tuscaloosa an honorable MUST TRY mention.


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