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Six New Fried Chicken Options to Find Around Denver

From drive-thrus to food halls, a pair of food trucks, and the back of a cocktail bar

J Street Kitchen inside the new American Bonded sells a three-day brined and fried chicken
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Fried chicken connoisseurs have six new battered and crisped birds to put on their radars. Some spots have recently opened, while others are set to debut in the coming months. One will require a day trip.

  • At the back of the new American Bonded bar in RiNo, J Street Kitchen is plating a three-day brined and fried bird that’s sprinkled in both dehydrated onion and malt vinegar powders so the flavor starts well before the crunch, according to chef and owner Jason Bray. His chicken is served with hot sauce, a malted yeast waffle, and brown butter syrup. The restaurant stays open late for bar diners.
  • The name Lou’s Hot and Naked might deter some diners, but its fried chicken will be a welcome sight for fans of Frank Bonanno’s soon-to-open Milk Market at the Dairy Block. The hot chicken here will resurface from Bonanno’s Lou’s Food Bar, which closed on 38th Avenue last January. It’s a Nashville-style preparation, dipped in sriracha buttermilk then a ghost pepper and habanero sauce.
  • Inside another recently opened food hall, Zeppelin Station, street food stall Injoi serves Korean fried chicken. It comes in wings, thighs, and tenders, plain or with a dry rub created by chef Bill Espiricueta. For the full experience, hungry diners can order the $14 rocket man sandwich, which takes two glazed tenders between brioche buns, and tops them with slaw and pickled cucumbers. The sandwich comes only in hot or extra hot versions.
The rocket man at Injoi in Zeppelin Station
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Where to Find Denver’s Finest Fried Chicken [EDEN]


800 East 26th Avenue, , CO 80205 (720) 361-2976 Visit Website

Zeppelin Station

3501 Wazee Street, , CO 80216 Visit Website

American Bonded

2706 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 942-1201 Visit Website

Dairy Block

1800 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80203 Visit Website