The Best Chicken Trail Guide for Southeastern Indiana

Yeah, this is a hiking website, but you’ve gotta eat too, right? Ever heard of a culinary trail? Think of it as a trail you hike with your face.

The best fried chicken restaurants in the United States are all conveniently clumped together in one little artery-clogging corner of Southeastern Indiana. Here, fried chicken is lifeblood, and we’ve assembled a comprehensive list of establishments on (and off) the famed “Chicken Trail.”

Behold, fried fanatics! I present to you the ultimate chicken trail interactive map.

(Click or tap the icons for location information.)

  Official Trail     Butch’s Extended Trail

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 2024 Chicken Trail updates

A chicken trail challenge, last organized in 2019 by Main Street Brookville, Inc. in which participants could have a passport stamped to be entered in a drawing, has not occurred in the last several years. With no word of the challenge being revived, we’ve made our own updates to this culinary trail to help keep our favorite Southeastern Indiana delicacy alive.

We’ve removed restaurants that are sadly no longer open and another that never served fried chicken in the first place (which sounds like a no-brainer reason for disqualification to us).

Official 2019 Chicken Trail passport

There were also some restaurants we felt were overlooked in the latest challenge and listed them under “Butch’s Extended Trail.” This extended trail began as a simple list of locations, but we’re working to expand our content (and waistlines) on these can’t-miss destinations.

 The Chicken Trail rundown

Wagner’s Village Inn

22171 Main St, Oldenburg, IN 47036
(812) 934-3854
Hours: Sun 11am-9pm, Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member Wagner's Village Inn exterior facade in Oldenburg, Indiana.

The pepperiest pepper chicken there ever was, experiencing this pan-fried delicacy is a must for any chicken aficionado. Of course, since Wagner’s chicken is seasoned to order, you can actually request them to hold the pepper. But why in the world would you do that?!!!

Close up of chicken pieces peppered and seasoned before cooking at Wagner's Village Inn in Oldenburg, Indiana.

Pro tip: You can also request EXTRA pepper. This is a thing you must do, and you will be glad. The New York Times recently bestowed the honor of “best of the best” upon Wagner’s chicken, and most won’t disagree with that statement. Chicken is a territorial thing in these parts, though, so don’t be surprised if your opinion opens up a full-on chicken-fried debate.

Wagner's Village Inn owner Ginger Saccomando pan fries chicken in the kitchen.

Wagner’s is open on Sundays whereas others are not, so score one for Wagner’s in this friendly battle for chicken superiority.

This is neither here nor there, but the restaurant also has a creepy ass clown painting in the corner. Request the table next to it and eat silently in terror. Just you and your loved ones, a basket of chicken, and the cold deadly gaze of a deranged clown — the perfect atmosphere for any get-together. (Just teasing guys — we love you.)

The author poses next to a painting of a clown that hangs in the dining room at Wagner's Village Inn.
It’s looking at me, isn’t it?

Wagner’s also has Warsteiner Beer on tap, a favorite consumed in mass quantities during Oldenburg’s summer Freudenfest. It goes great with chicken, so be sure to pair a dunkel (or two!) with your meal. Prost!

Stone’s Family Restaurant

2376 E Co Rd 820 S, Greensburg, IN 47240
(812) 591-2435
Hours: Sun-Tues CLOSED, Wed-Fri 5pm-9pm; Sat 11am-9pm
  Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member Stone's Family Restaurant exterior in Millhousen, Indiana.

Stone’s Family Restaurant in Millhousen is one of the more out-of-the-way locations in relation to the “central” Chicken Trail, but the list wouldn’t be complete without this Decatur County icon. The fact that it’s the only Decatur County restaurant on the official trail shows a certain level of respect. It’s worth the trip.

Not only is the fried chicken yummy as heck, Stone’s also wins the unofficial prize for the most photogenic bird. Don’t ask me why — this chicken just photographs well (see the image below as well as the main photo at the top of this article). If there’s such a thing as Instagram-ready chicken, this is it.

A table with plates of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, a dinner roll, corn and a piece of pie.
Stone’s menu fare
Restaurant patrons seated in one of the dining areas at Stone's Family Restaurant in Millhousen.
The Brau Haus

22170 Water St., Oldenburg, IN 47036
(812) 934-4840
Hours: Sun 11am-8pm, Mon CLOSED, Tues-Sat 11am-9pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member the Brau Haus exterior in Oldenburg, Indiana.

If you find yourself eating fried chicken in Oldenburg and you’re not doing so at Wagner’s, it can only mean that you’ve heard the Brau Haus serves up a mean bird in this town as well. And it does. Really mean.

In fact, although it might be sacrilege for an Enochsburg Fireside die-hard to say so — *gasp* — the last time I ate at the Brau Haus the chicken rivaled anything I’ve ever had. Kudos to the cook frying that day, because it couldn’t have been any better.

A basket of fried chicken between two plates and two mugs of beer.

You’d be remiss if you didn’t try the pork schnitzel dinner as well. Alas, that’s a different trail though.

Bonus points: Spaten Beer is on tap. Drink a few and have your picture taken next to the dicke Frau painting outside for the win!

St. Leon Tavern

28920 IN-1, West Harrison, IN 47060
(812) 576-3401
Hours: Sun CLOSED, Mon-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member St. Leon Tavern exterior in St. Leon, Indiana.

When the New York Times mentions your restaurant’s chicken in the same sentence as the words “some of the best I’ve tasted,” it’s cause for celebration.

Such high praise on a national level wasn’t just a boon for St. Leon Tavern, it shone a well-deserved spotlight on something we Hoosiers in the southeastern part of the state have known all along — the chicken isn’t just good around here, it is its own culture.

The NYT article was vindication for this culinary heritage at last. Folks in St. Leon stand a little taller these days, and new customers continue to flow into the establishment on a daily basis seeking the holy grail of piquant peppered poultry.

The only thing the New York Times sort of missed in its article was the headline: ‘If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken.‘ That was probably the fault of a careless copy editor, because I’m positive the author knew that about half of the places in his article are actually closed on Sunday, including St. Leon Tavern.

St. Leon Tavern interior with tables and chairs and a bar area.
Klump’s Tavern

9809 N Dearborn Rd, Guilford, IN 47022
(812) 623-4175
Hours: Sun-Thurs 12pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken trail member Klump's Tavern exterior in New Alsace, Indiana.

The historic Klump’s Tavern in charming New Alsace serves up a wide variety of tasty concoctions including a half-pound “Dale Burger,” deep fried pickles and a chicken hoagie known as a “choagie.” But on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s the fried chicken you need to set your sights on.

Here, you can order your chicken by the piece or by the bird, so dinner is easily customized for members of your party who might prefer more drumsticks and thighs than white meat, or vice versa.

When we arrived at 2:30 on a Friday afternoon, the tavern was about to close for the night due to a funeral. Only in a small close-knit town will you find a business that closes on one of its busiest nights, and although we were a little disappointed, we understood.

Klump's Tavern interior showing Christmas lights on the ceiling over a bar area.
Lil’ Charlie’s

504 East E Pearl St, Batesville, IN 47006
(812) 934-6392
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member Lil' Charlies restaurant exterior in Batesville, Indiana.

Lil’ Charlies Restaurant & Brewery in Batesville has built itself a fine reputation for some of the best steak around — so much so that it might overshadow the fact that they also fry up a tasty half chicken coated in course black pepper.

Since the chicken is made to order, the restaurant asks that you be patient as it does take “a little extra time for this hometown favorite.” Also, it might not go with a chicken dinner, but the warm soft baked pretzels and bier cheese appetizer is too good to pass up.

Lil' Charlies interior showing a dining room with tables and chairs and a bar area.
Osgood Grub Company

406 N Buckeye St, Osgood, IN 47037
(812) 689-4362
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member Osgood Grub Company exterior in Osgood, Indiana.

The Osgood Grub Co. has been family owned and operated since 1977 and features a fun atmosphere with whimsical iron sculptures by artist Dale Loughery. Fried chicken dinners are served with rolls and one side (get the slaw or fries) and come in half orders for $8 or whole for $14.

Since a whole chicken is going to be split by two or three people, you’ll want to add an à la carte side or two to your order.

For something out of the ordinary, go for the twice fried wings. The Grub Co. also offers what looked to be a decent buffet.

Food buffet at Osgood Grub Company restaurant.
The Reservation

1001 N Warpath Dr, Milan, IN 47031
(812) 654-2224
Hours: Sun CLOSED, Mon-Sat 7am-8pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

A man enters the front door of Chicken Trail member Reservation Restaurant in Milan, Indiana.

The Holt family has operated The Reservation since 1985, and during that time they’ve built a strong tradition in Milan and an impressive menu. The fried chicken is not served every day, so be sure to visit on Wednesday or Friday if you want to see for yourself how their bird stacks up against the others.

If you happen to find yourself at the restaurant on a day that their chicken isn’t the daily special, they do offer a chicken & waffles sandwich topped with hardwood smoked bacon. Yum! Other favorites include bacon cheese fries, grilled chicken alfredo and the “Big Chief” — a full one pound Angus hamburger.

If you have any room for dessert after all that, The Reservation has homemade cobbler and an “ultimate chocolate chip cookie skillet.”

Dairy Cottage

1116 Main St, Brookville, IN 47012
(765) 647-5451
Hours: Sun-Thurs 9:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9:30am-11pm
 Menu (Items, prices and store hours are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member Dairy Cottage interior showing a tile floor and a green painted ceiling.

People in Brookville often wax poetic about the Dairy Cottage. “Have you tried their (such and such)?” That’s how a lot of conversations begin in this town. And if your answer is no, any proud Brookville-ian will likely offer to drive you there. Immediately.

The Dairy Cottage is that good, and their “flavor-rich fried chicken” is the highlight of the menu. This may be the only place on the trail that offers chicken buckets and party packs with a “deluxe” option — no backs.

Side note: Backs? If you’re not already familiar with the fried chicken in these parts, you may be surprised to find 10 pieces of chicken in your bucket or basket instead of 8 due to the different way the bird is butchered. I was told years ago this was done to ensure more even cooking in the fryer.

The list of pieces in a ten-piece “country cut” chicken can be rambled off as such: Leg-leg, wing-wing, white-white, bony-bony, thigh-thigh. The faster you can say it, the better. Remember it. This knowledge may one day save your life.

The sparkling interior of Dairy Cottage makes it one of the brightest and most inviting stops on the Chicken Trail as well.

J’s Dairy Inn

207 W Union St, Liberty, IN 47353
(765) 458-5812
Hours: Sun-Tues 11am-9pm, Wednesday CLOSED, Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member J's Dairy Inn exterior facade in Liberty, Indiana.

The folks at J’s Dairy Inn are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and this family restaurant offers good eats at wallet-friendly prices. Chicken is sold in a 3-piece basket and includes “Jo Jo’s” (potato wedges) or regular fries, two rolls and their heavenly cole slaw. For an extra twenty cents, J’s will turn your Jo Jo’s into “Chuck” Fries with their special season salt.

A smart addition to the menu is the chicken bits — small bites the kiddos will love. For those with bigger appetites who aren’t in the mood for chicken (what’s wrong with you?), there is the Jumbo J-Boy, the restaurant’s half-pound version of their signature double-decker burger.

An interesting fried chicken footnote to the J’s story is that Col. Harland Sanders approached the restaurant owners in 1957 looking to sell a franchise of his recipe. J’s politely declined.

J's Dairy Inn interior showing red tile floor and wooden booths.
Pioneer Restaurant

412 Court St, Brookville, IN 47012
(765) 647-7935
Hours: Sun 12pm-12am, Mon-Sat 7am-12am
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member the Pioneer Restaurant exterior in Brookville, Indiana.

Pioneer Restaurant and Lounge sits directly behind the beautiful Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville. The restaurant’s “Saturday Nite Special” is a heckin’ deal that includes a 3-piece chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw and a hot roll — all for $8.95.

The Pioneer also serves gizzards, which makes them near and dear to my heart. The livers on the other hand you can keep, hahaha. Nothing against the Pioneer, I just couldn’t ever get my taste buds to agree with livers. If you’re feeling wild and want to expand your chicken horizons, go for the “Chunky Chic’n Cheese” sandwich.

Note: The closest parking requires paying a meter during daytime hours, so be sure to break your piggy bank before heading out.

The Pioneer Restaurant interior showing tables, booths and wood paneling.
American Legion

1290 Fairfield Ave, Brookville, IN 47012
(765) 647-4613
Hours: Closed to general public. Look for event info.

A large painted stone chicken stands outside the sign for Chicken Trail member American Legion Post 77 in Brookville, Indiana.

Even the local American Legion post in Brookville gets in on the fried chicken fun, and these vets know their way around a fryer. The Bernard Hurst Post 77 often has a “fried chicken drive-thru” among its monthly public events, and you can’t beat the price at $10 per bird ($6 for half). Call (765) 647-4613 to find out when their next fry is scheduled.

In past years, the Brookville VFW Post 2014 participated in the Chicken Trail as well, and some locals say both camps make the best bird in town. Of course, those might be fightin’ words depending on who you talk to.

American Legion Post 77 exterior.
Liberty Bell

215 S Main St, Liberty, IN 47353
(765) 458-6115
Hours: Sun-Tues 6am-9pm, Wed CLOSED, Thurs 6am-8pm, Fri-Sat 6am-9pm
 Menu (Items and prices are subject to change without notice.)

Chicken Trail member Liberty Bell Family Restaurant exterior in Liberty, Indiana.

Liberty Bell Family Restaurant has an unapologetic red-state vibe that smacks you right in the face the moment you walk in the door. If you like your chicken with a side of politics (and your politics are on the same side as theirs), then you’re going to feel right at home.

Otherwise, the mannequins with MAGA hats might spook you just a little — in which case you should probably get your chicken to go. Democrats still gotta eat, after all, and a Republican chicken tastes the same as a regular one — it just has different beliefs about its eggs.

Rack with several "MAGA" Make America Great Again and Trump hats at Liberty Bell Family Restaurant.

On Saturdays, Liberty Bell lets you gobble as much of their pressure-fried chicken as your poor belly can handle, thus helping make America great again one type 2 diabetic at a time.

To ensure this is a bipartisan ribbing, Democrats should know prior to visiting that there is no free government fried chicken program, so they will have to pay just like everyone else.

We haven’t been back in a while, but with Trump gearing up for another run at the White House in 2024, you can bet there are still dummies wearing MAGA hats at Liberty Bell. There are probably mannequins wearing them too.

 Off the beaten meat trail

After my dad and I drove to each stop on the Chicken Trail circuit one day, Dad asked why some of the places we’d passed or knew of were not on the trail. These thoughts prompted him that night to have a dream about adding our own stops to the trail.

Here are his thoughts encapsulated in a voicemail he sent me the next day that had me in tears.

Dad’s hilarious voicemail

So adding more stops is exactly what I’ve done. I’ll need to think more about how to repackage Dad’s “shit your pants” ratings system for the general public, and I’m not sure if I’m ready for my own reality TV series, but he had some solid ideas. It’s worth noting that in Dad’s eyes if you don’t serve beer, you’re immediately disqualified, haha. I told him those are the places he’ll just have to get his chicken via carry-out.

You won’t get passport stamps for these places, but the deposits they’ll leave in your ventricles will surely be memorable for years to come. And although they aren’t part of the most recent official trail — who knows — maybe they’ll be invited to participate in future years.

So without further ado …

 Butch’s Extended Chicken Trail

Is fear of missing out on every single amazing morsel of fried chicken giving you the meat sweats? Fear no more! Below are some excellent outliers on what we’re calling “Butch’s Extended Chicken Trail” that are steeped in the same Southeastern Indiana fried chicken tradition.

Cedar Grove Tavern
405 4th St., Cedar Grove, Indiana
(765) 647-6240
Hours: Sun 12pm-12am, Mon-Sat 11am-2am

Homeboyz Fried Chicken and Fish
1451 Washington St., Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 657-7977
Hours: Sun-Wed CLOSED; Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm

Laurel Hotel
200 Pearl St., Laurel, IN 47024
(765) 698-2912
Hours: Sun 11am-8pm, Mon-Wed CLOSED, Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

Napoleon Tavern
US 421 & 229, Napoleon, Indiana
(812) 852-4404
Hours: Sun 6:30am-2pm, Mon-Sat 6:30am-9pm

Fry’s A&W Drive In
1501 N. Lincoln St., Greensburg, IN 47240
Hours: 10:30am-9pm, CLOSED December-January

The Chicken Inn
541 E Hendricks St, Shelbyville, IN 46176
Hours: Sun 11am-2pm, Mon CLOSED, Tues-Thurs 11am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

Storie’s Restaurant
109 E. Main St., Greensburg, IN 47240
(812) 663-9948
Hours: Sun-Mon CLOSED, 7am-8pm, Tues-Saturday

Have a suggestion for the extended trail? Let us know!

 Or heck, why not make your own?

I asked my brother-in-law what went into making a great fried chicken, and he came back with this dead simple recipe:

 Rosey’s Best Damn Fried Chicken Recipe 


  • 10-piece cut chicken with breast cut across
    (this way the breast pieces aren’t too big and fry more evenly)
  • Buttermilk
  • Salt
  • Course ground pepper, a.k.a. restaurant-style grind
  • Flour
  • Lard


  • Soak chicken in buttermilk
  • Season with salt and pepper before dredging in flour
  • Pan-fry in lard

Garnish with cold Busch Light Draft.

 Forever in our aortas

Restaurants previously participating in the Chicken Trail that sadly are no longer open include:

The Fireside Inn

2174 S County Line Rd, Greensburg, IN 47201

Chicken Trail member Fireside Inn restaurant exterior facade in Enochsburg, Indiana.

Simply put, this place did fried chicken right. What started out as a tavern for a veteran and his war buddies in 1950, the Fireside Inn later began its legacy of fried chicken perfection in the 1960s and has spanned three generations of owners in the Kinker family.

Sadly, the owners made the difficult decision to close the Fireside to spend more time with family. Its last day serving its famous chicken was May 30, 2024.

Restaurant patrons seated in a dining room at the Fireside Inn restaurant in Enochsburg, Indiana.

This one hurts. As an Enochsburg native, this restaurant was near and dear to my heart, and it was my favorite fried chicken. We wish the Kinker family the best.

A small girl rides a bike on Enochsburg Road outside the Fireside Inn.

Below is a list of more Chicken Trail stops that have closed their doors forever.

  • Bonaparte’s Retreat, Napoleon
  • Farmhouse, Metamora
  • Goldfinch Restaurant, Brookville
  • Grote Trading Post, Bright
  • Hearthstone, Metamora
  • Lincoln Street Grill, Greensburg
  • Mousie’s, Connersville
  • Old Brick Tavern, Penntown
  • Ye Old Shack, Brookville
  • Cricket Ridge, Batesville

 What is YOUR favorite?

We’d love to hear about your own chicken-fried experiences. Have you ranked this list? Think we’ve missed a place? Let us know!

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 Now take a hike!

If you’ve gone on a 10-mile hike, you’ve earned yourself a half chicken dinner basket. Alternatively, if you’ve just eaten a half-chicken dinner basket, you now need to go hike 10 miles just to burn off those calories.

See how we tied this all back to hiking? You’re welcome.


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29 Replies to “The Best Chicken Trail Guide for Southeastern Indiana”

  1. Okay there are so many parts of this that made me laugh, but Andrew’s face next to that creepy art definitely takes the cake…er…chicken. I also need to eat my way into a heart attack by trying every single place and following that killer map! You guys rock!!

    1. Hahaha, thanks Jessie! If you’re ever in our neck of the woods we’ll give you the full culinary tour: fried chicken, pork tenderloin, mock turtle soup and goetta (a.k.a. Cincinnati caviar). 🙂

  2. That day I showed up late to your wedding and met your dad, I definitely saw him in you. And now with the voicemail, he definitely sounds a lot like you. Go figure.

    For years I’ve told Teresa I need to start a blog on heritage bakeries (my word) that features recipes handed down through generations. Ones that still use all sugar, real eggs, etc. and don’t focus on cupcakes, gluten free items, or artisanal breads. Basically the artery clogging desert companion to the fried chicken trail.

    This also brought back some good memories of the Humpty Tenderloin Trail. With onion rings.

    Genes Cafeteria used to be known for it’s fried chicken in Columbus. So I have fried a few hundred dozen chickens in my life growing up. Some day I’ll need to get geared up and try to recreate. You two will be on the guest list.

    1. Ooooh, now there’s a blog I’d read — that’s a great idea! And I totally agree about our tenderloin week. I must have gained ten pounds, haha. That’s the next food post I should write. I look forward to being a guest at your next chicken fry! Thanks for reading Greg!!!

  3. We’re new to Columbus Indiana, and we were finally off together on a weekday to try Shorty’s ( they’re only open during the week at lunchtime) and we lucked out that it was Fried Chicken day. OMG the chef is from New Orleans and she makes the BEST fried chicken I’ve ever had. It looks a mess but don’t let that stop you from partaking! Mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans finished out our plate, and my husband also had to try her red beans and rice. He loved it. Seriously though the chicken was superb. I think they said they only make it on Tuesdays but they really should make it a daily thing.

    1. Thanks for sharing Maureen! I’ve only had the biscuits and gravy at Shorty’s, so I’ll have to give the fried chicken a go. I was lucky enough to have met Shorty, God rest his soul. The breakfast was outstanding, and I couldn’t believe how cheap the bill was. I haven’t been back since Shorty died, so I don’t even know if they still do breakfast there. But if the chicken is as good and messy as you say it is, well I only work a handful of blocks away. I think it’s time to go get messy, hahaha!

  4. Head a little further north to Willow Springs in Hagerstown, Indiana. Last time I was there (couple years ago), they were using some sort of spice on their cast iron pan fried chicken. Also, a place called Baby’s Indy on the near north side of Indianapolis is serving a spiced/zesty broasted chicken. It was really good.

    I hope to get out and try some of the other places on your list soon.

    1. Thanks, I’ll have to check them out if I’m ever in those areas! I tend to prefer just salt and pepper on my chicken, unless we’re talking Buffalo wings, heh. But I have an open mind, so I’d be willing to give it a shot.

  5. The Pioneer has the best chicken, service and hours. Dawn does a great job!
    Relative to your doing your own:
    1. Deep fried is best.
    2. Deep fryers can be made relatively easily. 55 gallon drum, furnace burner, gas regulator and cast iron tub
    3. Lard is the nectar of the gods.
    4. No buttermilk! Keep it simple salt pepper and flour.

    1. Thanks Joe! I was never sure if buttermilk did much for the flavor, but then again I’m not sure which places use it. When I ate at the Brau Haus last week, I commented to my dad that the chicken seemed kind of … buttery … and more milky-tasting. It didn’t dawn on me until later that it had probably been soaked in buttermilk, haha. It was excellent though! Thanks for reading!

  6. This one may not exactly qualify, unless counting your car/van/truck as a dining room, but A & W in Greensburg has been making some damn good chicken for many years. Just saying. Also, it features O’Mara’s chicken as do many of the places mentioned on your list.

    1. It’s funny you mention that because one of my Greensburg friends said the same thing. Also, growing up, my mom always said Fry’s A&W was her favorite, but in all this time I’ve never had it. I knew they remodeled not long ago to look more like an A&W chain, and I’d assumed (incorrectly) that with that they got rid of their carry out chicken. My Greensburg buddy and some of our friends are talking about a little road trip to investigate. I’m going to do some research to see whose recipe it is — Fry’s or the chain. If it’s a local recipe, then I’ll most definitely add it to the “extended trail.”

    1. I’m guessing this is SPAM, but it made me laugh. Comment approved! 🙂 P.S. – I’m glad they’ve found a way to measure toxic masculinity. Yay technology!

  7. Great read. Have been to several of these and they are all fantastic. Lived in Columbus for many years and used to frequent Skooters on State Street. Really great fried chicken at very reasonable price. I am ready to go for a road trip

    1. Hi Keith! Good to know — I’ll have to give Skooters a try. Haha, I’m currently trying to drop a couple pounds though, so I might need to hold off until I’ve earned a “reward.”

  8. I am not sure how I got here. I don’t hike, but I do eat fried chicken, And I live in Brookville. I have ate at several of places on your list. There are still many I need to try. If you ever get southwest of Indy, you need to try Gray Brothers Cafeteria in Mooresville. I grew up just north of there. When I go back I try to go by and get a carryout of Chicken. I get 2 thighs and a leg for $4. They are huge, crunchy and juicy. At a piece of their great pies, you can not go wrong. I enjoyed the read and will come back and check on you.

    1. Hi Julie! Thanks for the tip — I will definitely check them out next time I’m in that area ? We’ll be updating the trail in 2020, so be sure to check again once “chicken trail season” starts back up in April. Take care!

  9. Just a heads up that my husband, daughter and I went to St. Leon’s Tavern this past weekend (6/27/20). It is as the NYT describes, but with a significant part missing: the racist patrons. We literally heard a group of men called Black people “coloreds” — and, if I am going to also stereotype them from other parts of their conversation and MAGA hats, I would say they use other, even more offensive language in private. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone – especially as there seem to be so many other good options. And you may want to put a disclaimer in your overview of it so folks can avoid it if they have any sense at all.

    1. That is unfortunate to hear, Amy, and that kind of behavior certainly has no place in chicken trail-dom. One would hope that it was an isolated incident, but having grown up in the vicinity I know that it likely happens more often than anyone would like to admit (and apparently a-holes like fried chicken as much as everyone else). I’m hesitant to condemn an entire restaurant for the behavior of some clearly idiotic patrons, but I’m approving your comment here so that others might take your experience into consideration. To help counterbalance your negative experience, I highly encourage paying a visit to Homeboyz Fried Chicken & Fish in Columbus, IN. Good people, awesome food and you’ll find none of what you described in your comment.

  10. Thanks for this list of Hoosier destinations for fried chicken goodness! We measure all fried chicken by the Iron Skillet on the west side of Indianapolis. The chicken is gorgeous, and it comes with an entire meal served family style, including the delicious creamy onion soup with garlic croutons. The biggest danger is filling up before the main course arrives! The Iron Skillet features a full bar and opens Sundays but is closed Monday and Tuesday. We always plan at least two hours for our leisurely visits with friends. In my view, their surpasses such venerable establishments as Hollyhock Hill in Indy, The Chicken Place in Ireland, Indiana, and the Copper Kettle in Morristown. However, when I awaken in the middle of the night, it’s from dreaming of the fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans. It’s not just the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten; it’s the best fried chicken I’ve ever imagined. We will all die someday, somehow, but they certainly won’t find my body at the foot of a treadmill.

    1. Hahaha, this is great David! I hope to try all of these places! My favorite fried chicken will always be Fireside in Enochsburg, Indiana, but a dead ringer for it is Eischen’s Bar in Okarchee, Oklahoma. Just don’t ask me what you’re supposed to do with the basket of white bread and sweet pickles that comes with your order, lol. If they find ME dead at the foot of a treadmill, it’s because I hit my head after slipping in my own chicken grease-like sweat. Oh, and coincidentally there is an Iron Skillet at the truck stop off I-74 about two miles from the Fireside. We’ve always referred to it as the “yuck stop,” but maybe we should give its chicken a chance, eh?

  11. St. Paul Tavern in St. Paul= awesome all you can eat fried chicken on Friday nights and all you can eat delicious fried fish Wednesdays/Sundays.

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