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Bertha's Fried Chicken
Bertha's Fried Chicken
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7 Essential Spots for To-Go Fried Chicken in Charleston

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Bertha's Fried Chicken
| Bill Addison

In need a fat, juicy, hunk of Southern bird? Not sure where to go for your chicken fix? Let this map be the ultimate guide. While many will argue that their grandmother makes it best or that grocery store chain Publix is the only way to go, these are the restaurants you can have a sit in and dine.

A few of these establishments only offer fried chicken on certain dates, and sometimes only with reservations, so be sure to double check times before getting hopes up for a certain bird from a particular address.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bertha's Restaurant

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2332 Meeting Street Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 554-6519

Bertha's Restaurant is where folks go to taste the love of family recipes in every bite. If there’s a line, don’t let it intimidate you — the staff works fast at Bertha’s Order the fried chicken with a square of mac and cheese and cabbage or collards. Orders can be made to go.

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2. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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NoMo eatery Edmund’s Oast offers crispy fried chicken in four flavors: regular, Korean, New Orleans barbecue, or spicy. Order a two-, four-, or eight-piece to go with collards and pasta salad.

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3. Leon's Oyster Shop

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698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6500

The crack of the cayenne-colored chicken skin at Leon’s Oyster Shop will keep anyone coming back for more. Order online or call ahead.

4. Dave's Carry Out

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42 Morris St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-7943

Most folks know about the fried shrimp, fish, and pork chop at Dave's Carry Out, but for those who look under the sandwich section of the menu will notice the chicken wings. These giant, fried saviours from hunger come in orders of four, but that's all you'll probably need. The skins stay crunchy, and the wings stay hot, as they are freshly fried as you wait in the dining room where everyone seemingly knows everyone who walks in the door.

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5. Early Bird Diner

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1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 277-2353
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The chicken and waffles at Early Bird Diner are continually rated top in the city. The giant chicken breast is crisp enough to stand up to the syrup and honey mustard drizzle on top. Call for takeout.

6. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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Fans of the fried chicken at Husk can now order the dish for curbside pickup or delivery. Founding chef Sean Brock said the recipe is "a hybrid of 5 or 6 different types of chicken: gas station, honky tonk, Colonel Sanders, Husk five fat, hot chicken, and buffalo wings."

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7. Kinfolk

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4430 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-0006
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Like it spicy? Order some Nashville-style hot chicken from Johns Island restaurant Kinfolk. The flavor is addictive for those who like fire. The menu also offers a non-spiced version.

Chicken at Kinfolk
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1. Bertha's Restaurant

2332 Meeting Street Rd, North Charleston, SC 29405
Bertha's
Bertha’s
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Bertha's Restaurant is where folks go to taste the love of family recipes in every bite. If there’s a line, don’t let it intimidate you — the staff works fast at Bertha’s Order the fried chicken with a square of mac and cheese and cabbage or collards. Orders can be made to go.

2332 Meeting Street Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
Edmund’s Oast/Facebook

NoMo eatery Edmund’s Oast offers crispy fried chicken in four flavors: regular, Korean, New Orleans barbecue, or spicy. Order a two-, four-, or eight-piece to go with collards and pasta salad.

1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Leon's Oyster Shop

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

The crack of the cayenne-colored chicken skin at Leon’s Oyster Shop will keep anyone coming back for more. Order online or call ahead.

698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Dave's Carry Out

42 Morris St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins

Most folks know about the fried shrimp, fish, and pork chop at Dave's Carry Out, but for those who look under the sandwich section of the menu will notice the chicken wings. These giant, fried saviours from hunger come in orders of four, but that's all you'll probably need. The skins stay crunchy, and the wings stay hot, as they are freshly fried as you wait in the dining room where everyone seemingly knows everyone who walks in the door.

42 Morris St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Early Bird Diner

1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

The chicken and waffles at Early Bird Diner are continually rated top in the city. The giant chicken breast is crisp enough to stand up to the syrup and honey mustard drizzle on top. Call for takeout.

1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

6. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Bill Addison

Fans of the fried chicken at Husk can now order the dish for curbside pickup or delivery. Founding chef Sean Brock said the recipe is "a hybrid of 5 or 6 different types of chicken: gas station, honky tonk, Colonel Sanders, Husk five fat, hot chicken, and buffalo wings."

76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Kinfolk

4430 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
Chicken at Kinfolk
Kinfolk Chs/Facebook

Like it spicy? Order some Nashville-style hot chicken from Johns Island restaurant Kinfolk. The flavor is addictive for those who like fire. The menu also offers a non-spiced version.

4430 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

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