Where to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in Denver

National food days are nonsense. Except this one.

The medium-heat fried chicken at Lou's Food | Bar. There are three thighs here because the joint ran out of chicken twice today. This is all that's left. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)fried chicken; food; denver; colorado; lous food bar; highlands; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
The medium-heat fried chicken at Lou's Food | Bar. There are three thighs here because the joint ran out of chicken twice today. This is all that's left. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) fried chicken; food; denver; colorado; lous food bar; highlands; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
The medium-heat fried chicken at Lou’s Food Bar. There are three thighs here because the joint ran out of chicken twice in one day. This is all that was left. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: national food days are nonsense.

But we can make an exception for this one because fried chicken is having a moment in Denver. It’s always been around and it’s always been delicious, but like big butts, it’s been Columbused. Gourmet takes on the soul-food staple are popping up on menus everywhere, and surely no one can complain about more fried chicken. 

Below are the restaurants old and new, traditional and trendy, dishing out fried chicken in Denver.

The Cluck Truck, food truck

CoraFaye’s Cafe, 2861 Colorado Blvd., Denver; and 16251 E. Colfax Ave., #210, Aurora

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House, 2844 Welton St.
Buttermilk-brined Redbird chicken, tangy Napa and apple slaw, tomato, Swiss and mayo on a Blue Point French roll.

Grind Kitchen + Watering Hole, 300 Fillmore St.
Served with house pickles and honey mustard slaw.

The Hornet, 76 Broadway
The honey-stung fried chicken is a buttermilk battered chicken breast with cayenne honey, southern bean succotash, garlic mashed potatoes and sausage gravy.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar, 1001 Santa Fe Drive
Boneless chicken breast pounded, house seasoned and pan-fried, served with country gravy and pork belly green beans.

Jamaican Grill, 709 W. 8th Ave.
Jamaican barbie-fried chicken.

Jezebel’s Southern Bistro & Bar, 3301 Tejon St.
Fried chicken and waffles: three fried chicken wings with Belgian style waffles, maple syrup and honey butter.

Lou’s Food Bar, 1851 W. 38th Ave.
Nashville-style fried chicken.

They have a Tuesday special — a beer, chicken and a cookie for $20 — and they’re extending it through National Fried Chicken Day.

Max’s Wine Dive, 696 Sherman St.
Southern fried chicken: jalapeño-buttermilk marinated chicken served with mashed potatoes, collard greens, Texas toast and chipotle honey butter.

If you go to Max’s today, post something about the joint on social media, then show it at the restaurant to buy one fried chicken meal and get the other free.

Steuben’s Food Service, 523 E. 17th Ave.
Served with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and gravy.

The Squeaky Bean, 1500 Wynkoop St., #101
Fried chicken BLT served with pickle, special sauce, bacon and onion.

Welton Street Cafe, 2736 Welton St.
This Five Points staple has been serving fried chicken for three decades and hasn’t changed the recipe once.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2907 Huron St.
Tender thighs served with honey sriracha drizzle and bread and butter pickles.

Work & Class, 2500 Larimer St.
Served with a house buffalo sauce and only served during Sunday night dinner.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.