photo credit: Erin Lodi

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Ezell's Famous Chicken

Fried ChickenAmerican

Central District

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerCheap EatsLunchQuick EatsSerious Take-Out Operation
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Ezell’s is a Seattle institution, and their original location in the Central District makes some of our favorite fried chicken in town. Picking up a pound of spicy tenders or a drumstick and thigh combo with a pillowy roll on the side never fails to make us a bit nostalgic—it’s one of our go-tos whenever we land at SeaTac and want something to remind us of how good it feels to be back home (even though the I-5 traffic on the way from the airport might suggest otherwise).

You might have to weave through hungry teenagers, as Ezell’s is across from Garfield High School, but the chicken is worth dealing with shrieking prepubescent folks. Especially the spicy tenders—they’re consistently crackly-crunchy, and taste perfect dunked in barbecue sauce. Stop in for a quick lunch or dinner, and make sure to grab a container of gooey peach cobbler for dessert.

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photo credit: Erin Lodi

Spicy Tenders

The tenders that have made most other tenders in our lives basically obsolete. We’ve found that a pound is the perfect amount to order for one person. And as is the case for most fried chicken, these slightly spicy, crispy tenders taste even better dunked in barbecue sauce.

Peach Cobbler

Make this your dessert option if you’re in the mood for something sweet. The gooey cobbler is sold by the square, but you can also purchase a half or full pan if you’re having a party or just love peaches. We appreciate how the big chunks of fruit pair perfectly with just the right amount of cinnamon, and the crust isn’t overly brittle, holding everything in nice and tightly. If you’re full after all that chicken, the cobbler reheats well, too.

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