10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in Idaho

Idaho’s fried chicken options are truly sublime. Whether you’re craving buttermilk fried chicken brined in lemon or chicken accompanied by a heaping plate of waffles, Idahoans do it right. Next time your stomach is rumbling for a fried delight, check out the 10 best places for fried chicken in the state. 

1. Juniper, Boise, ID

Boise has several fantastic fried chicken spots, but one of the very best has to be Juniper. Winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Award and named Best of Boise in 2015, Juniper offers farm-to-table dishes served on their crafted juniper wood tables and on their balcony level. Chicken lovers will find tons to rave about, but our favorite dish is their chicken in a biscuit brunch plate.

2. Grit, Eagle, ID

Grit in Eagle, Idaho, serves delicious American dining Tuesday through Sunday. Their Sunday brunch menu includes a spicy chicken fried chicken, served with a pearl sugar biscuit, chorizo sausage gravy, and egg. For lunch or dinner, consider their fried chicken appetizer, served with lemon brine, dill pickles, and buttermilk bread.

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3. Knotty Pine Bar and Restaurant, Victor, ID

The Knotty Pine is one of Victor, Idaho’s favorite supper clubs. The large menu includes many American classics, with the buttermilk fried chicken as a clear standout. Order either one quarter or one half chicken—both are served with smashed red potato, gravy, and a vegetable medley. 

4. Fork, Boise, ID

How can one city be so lucky? Fork is a frequent inclusion on best fried chicken lists of all kinds, and it’s no wonder why. Their cast iron buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffle is, simply put, divine.

5. Jimmy’s Down on the Street, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Jimmy’s Down on the Street has the esteemed distinction of having been named Idaho’s “Best Diner” by msn.com. They’re open for breakfast and lunch and serve up “made-from-scratch” southern-style dishes, including their famous biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, and breakfast scrambles. They’ve also been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” 

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6. Abracadabra, Idaho Falls, ID

Abracadabra in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is open for breakfast and lunch. Their fried chicken is a clear standout. Make sure to arrive early as they tend to get full and expect to spend over $10 for lunch.

7. Shanaz, Meridian, ID

Shanaz is a fusion-style restaurant serving the Treasure Valley area. They fuse American with Asian-style flavors for many delicious dish. The panko crusted chicken slenders and honey stung fried chicken and waffle dinner are well worth the trip alone.

8. Wingers Roadhouse Diner, Pocatello, ID

Wingers Roadhouse Diner in Pocatello, Idaho, offers eat-in, takeout, catering, and brunch options, along with a nightly happy hour menu. They’ve got burgers, salads, and more, but are known for their assortment of fried chicken wings.

9. Lodgepole, Moscow, ID

Lodgepole “melds classic flavors and techniques with fresh ingredients” to bring Moscow, Idaho, “a New American classic menu.” What’s that mean for fried chicken lovers? Chicken and waffle Wednesday. Stop by any Wednesday between 5-10 p.m. for fried chicken over a fluffy waffle. 

10. Loaf and Ladle, Sandpoint, ID

Loaf and Ladle’s mantra is to serve “Simple, honest, good” food. They source locally for as many of their homemade dishes as possible, including their saline, hormone, and antibiotic-free chicken. Their chicken and waffles, served with cheddar bacon waffles and topped with crispy chicken breasts, fiery maple syrup, and pickles is as honestly simple and good as it gets.

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