Indiana Fried Chicken Tour

From 2011 to early 2013, a buddy of mine and I went on a mission: to find the finest fried chicken in Indiana. Thus was born the Indiana Fried Chicken Tour.

We visited restaurants famous for fried chicken across the state, though most of our stops were within shouting distance of Indianapolis. I blogged reviews of every restaurant’s chicken (and fixings) all along the way.

As I’ve been doing SEO work on the site I unearthed these old posts. I thought I’d share them again with you, because they were such fun.

Stop 1: Mississippi Belle — This soul-food restaurant on Indianapolis’s Eastside brings it out fast and hot.

Stop 2: Kountry Kitchen — Another Indianapolis soul-food restaurant, in a bit of a blighted neighborhood.

Stop 3: Kopper Kettle — We ventured just outside Indianapolis to this genteel restaurant, a throwback to a time gone by.

Stop 4: The Iron Skillet — Apparently genteel-throwback is a thing, as this Indianapolis restaurant carries a similar vibe.

Stop 5: MCL Restaurant and Bakery — This cafeteria serves all sorts of food but fried chicken is on the menu every day.

Stop 6: Marble’s Southern Cookery — Another soul-food restaurant, on the near Northwestside of Indianapolis.

Stop 7: Wagner’s Village Inn — Located in a southeast Indiana town that looks like a German postcard, this bar offered the finest chicken on the tour.

Stop 8: Hollyhock Hill — The last of the genteel-throwback restaurants, and probably my favorite. Located on the far Northside of Indianapolis.

Stop 9: Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles — Downtown in Indianapolis, Maxine’s will give you chicken without the waffles if you want.

Sadly, our tour ended after nine stops. My buddy and I had been co-workers, and when I moved on from the company, our contact dribbled out into nothing. And my doctor had me experiment with a gluten-free diet to try to solve a pesky health problem, which took fried chicken off my menu.

The Indiana Fried Chicken Tour revisited


18 thoughts on “The Indiana Fried Chicken Tour revisited

  1. This is a post that I’ve been waiting for. I will read each one. I’ve had chicken at all three “genteel throwback” places that you’ve mentioned and thoroughly enjoyed each one. May I have permission to share this on my Facebook page?

  2. Well, perhaps I should pick up where you left off. Although my heart tells me to go with breaded tenderloin sandwiches first. Ok, maybe not my actual heart, but you know what I mean.

    • BTW, the Kountry Kitchen suffered a nasty fire recently and has been closed. I don’t know their insurance situation but have seen appeals to the community for help with rebuilding. The neighborhood around it is gentrifying rapidly, and I wonder whether it will come back at that location.

    • Yeah, my heart screams at me “HAVE A SALAD!!!” while I choose something deep-fried. I did know about the Kountry Kitchen’s fire. I haven’t been through there in a while but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to learn about the gentrification.

  3. Yummy :) Also I wanted to say that this morning I got a ton of ping back approvals for when you apparently posted links to my posts on your website, wanted to say thanks, I had no idea you had done that! <3

    • Lol, yeah, you and a bunch of other people. I’m doing some SEO work on my blog, old posts not related to film photography and road trips, marking them noindex. That way Google sees my blog as being about film photography and road trips. I’m doing my Recommended Reading posts right now hence the pingbacks. I turned off pingbacks on my blog yesterday so that won’t keep happening!

  4. When the corona virus has disappeared, come over to Korea for a few stops of the tour. There is great fried chicken here in many varieties. When people ask me why I’ve been in Korea for so long, I reply, “For the chicken!”

  5. I love fried chicken! It’s contributing to my high cholesterol I know but if ever I’m in your neck of the woods, I’ll have to stop by a couple of these joints! Thanks!!

  6. DougD says:

    Is there really such a thing as good fried chicken? I can’t remember ever having it in a restaurant, my main fried chicken experience comes from Jerry’s Cafe in Missouri where I was working for a few months. It was on the rotation for the lunch special and like everything else on the menu was edible but not outstanding.

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