Fried chicken is a universally revered meal that cannot be outdone. The combination of golden, crispy skin with a soft and moist inside makes for a phenomenal tasting experience, whether it’s served as a burger or on its own. With some tasty sides and a cold drink, it’s the ultimate meal for any mood or weather! Outside the CBD is a treasure trove for places that serve the delight, so here are our top picks for the best fried chicken in the Inner West.
As much as eating is about refuelling your body, it has also always been a social experience for people to build relationships over. At Hartsyard, a large variety of meals are served in large portions to be shared with a group of friends. Their fried chicken with sausage gravy and buttermilk biscuits (a savoury scone for us Australians!) is perfect to share with a side of drinks on a Friday night out.
Location: 33 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW 2042
If you like your fried chicken a little fancier, then Bloodwood is a great choice to try the tasty delight. With a simplistic, bare-bones interior, you’ll know you’re in one of Newtown’s food highlights before you even try the food. The succulent and moist fried chicken is served with with iceberg lettuce and fermented cashews, complemented with a spicy dukkah for an exciting Middle Eastern take on the Southern classic.
Location: 416 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
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THE HENSON (Marrickville)
By the old, grand exterior of The Henson in Marrickville, you’d think that it’s just another ordinary Australian pub with local beers and vintage pub fare. However, The Henson places a large focus on community and sustainability to create a thriving and exciting hub for all Inner West locals. A wide and varied menu is on offer here, but as far as fried chicken goes, our choice is the fried chicken tacos with radish, avocado and tomatillo salsa!
Location: 91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
It’s impossible not to think of Mary’s as one of, if not, the best place for fried chicken in the Inner West. Nestled away down a side alley of King Street, this covert eatery has gained immense popularity through word of mouth advertising. It’s grungy and dim interior adds to the unparalleled ambience of the bar, and the incredible fried chicken and burgers making this place a Newtown highlight. The whole fried chicken with mash and gravy is any foodie’s dream!
Location: 6 Mary Street, Newtown NSW 2042
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THE VIC ON THE PARK (Marrickville)
Across the road from the beautiful Victoria Park, The Vic serves as the cultural hub of Marrickville and its neighbouring suburbs. With a sprawling interior that leads into an airy beer garden and tan open plan area out the back, it’s perfect to whet your appetite with some awesome weekly chalkboard specials. As far as fried chicken goes here, you simply cannot skip past their buttermilk fried chicken burger with chipotle mayo and avocado.
Location: 2 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
If you like your fried chicken with a twist, then you definitely have to check out what the team at Roastville have done with the classic dish. Blending classic fried chicken with the unexpected spiciness of kimchi waffles, it’s a flavourful clash of the old South and the eccentric culture of Korea. Also served with the meal is a mix of kewpie mayonnaise, sriacha sauce and parmesan cheese. Grab one of their signature coffees alongside your meal for a delicious and memorable dining experience.
Location: 157 Victoria Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
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THE BALD FACED STAG (Leichardt)
With regular music acts frequenting this Leichardt destination, The Bald Faced Stag is a great place for a night out and to sample some truly exquisite food. With musical acts on most nights of the week, grab a drink and listen to some local tunes with your fried chicken. Our recommendation is the buttermilk fried chicken burger with red cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli, cheese and house pickles, with a plate of wings on the side!
Location: 345 Parramatta Road, Leichardt NSW 2040
CLEM’S CHICKEN SHOP (Newtown)
Clem’s has solidified itself as one of the most popular late-night haunts for some satisfying fare after trawling along King Street on a Newtown weekend, and for good reason. Perfectly cooked and seasoned with a side of fries, it’s the best way to finish the night off. Its chicken is legendary amongst residents of the Inner West, and no doubt lives up to the hype, provided that it’s one of their most popular choices. Don’t miss this one!
Location: 210 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
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MISS PEACHES SOUL FOOD (Newtown)
Last on our list is the soulful and incomparable Miss Peaches, located just off Newtown’s King Street. With a huge collection of Soul Food, you’ll feel like you’re in the heart New Orleans, with menu ranging from grits and po’ boys to its masterful Fried Chicken Plate. Served with Miss Peaches’ iconic mac ‘n’ cheese, braised greens and gravy, it’s the most authentic fried chicken experience you can imagine. With a funky décor and regular events, go and check out what the fuss is all about!
Location: 201 Missenden Road, Newtown NSW 2042