Best fried chicken sandwich in Georgia? PDQ in Augusta!

Carter's Restaurant, Peach & the Porkchop, Industry Tavern and Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli also winners

While the Southern culinary tradition extends well beyond fried chicken, there's something about a crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside piece of perfectly browned poultry that gets our mouths watering. 

  • Home Grown
    Atlanta

    Home Grown in Atlanta puts a fresh spin on their Fried Chicken Sandwich by topping it with spinach, tomato and horseradish ranch on grilled Texas toast.
    Photo courtesy of Johnny Branch / Home Grown

  • Wright's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe
    Dunwoody

    Fried chicken lovers will find an excellent Chicken Club on the menu at Wright's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe that includes fried chicken crispy bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a toasted onion roll.
    Photo courtesy of Wright's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe / Facebook

  • Rock's Chicken & Fries
    Atlanta

    A bestseller at Rock's Chicken & Fires, the Bacon Cheddar is made with all-natural and antibiotic-free buttermilk fried chicken topped with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.
    Photo courtesy of Rock's Chicken & Fries

  • Atkins Park Restaurant
    Atlanta

    The Spicy Texas Chicken Sandwich from Atkins park Restaurant in Atlanta features a fried chicken breast garnished with lettuce, tomato, Atkins Park wing sauce and a choice of blue cheese or buttermilk ranch.
    Photo courtesy of Atkins Park Taverns

  • The Rooster King
    Fairburn

    The Rooster King, a family-owned restaurant in Fairburn, serves a fried chicken sandwich on a toasted Kaiser roll from a local bakery. Garnishes include whipped mayo, garden tomatoes, romaine hearts, dill pickle chips and three hand-breaded and fried jumbo chicken breast tenders.
    Photo courtesy of The Rooster King

  • Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli
    Atlanta

    A recent addition to the menu at Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli is the Fried Chicken Reuben – a crispy fried chicken breast topped with slaw, pickles and a tangy sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli / Facebook

  • Industry Tavern
    Atlanta

    The fried chicken sandwich from Industry Tavern in Atlanta has an Italian twist with the addition of salami, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar.
    Photo courtesy of Industry Tavern

  • Peach & the Porkchop
    Roswell

    Two customers, Jim and his son Jim, Jr. suggested this popular sandwich at Peach & the Porkchop, hence the name Jim II. A fried chicken breast is topped with grilled jalapeños, sautéed onions, mushrooms, bacon and pepper jack cheese on a freshly baked bun.
    Photo courtesy of Peach & The Porkchop

  • Carter's Restaurant
    Douglas

    Diners have been sinking their teeth into fried chicken breast sandwiches at Carter's since 1968. Chicken comes with bone in or out and garnished how you like.
    Photo courtesy of Carter's Restaurant

  • PDQ
    Augusta

    PDQ's menu features a couple of fried chicken sandwich options. The Crispy Chicken includes a hand-breaded breast made to order with mayo, lettuce, tomato and Grillo's pickles, while the Honey Butter Chicken is dipped in homemade honey butter and served with Grillo's bread and butter pickles.
    Photo courtesy of PDQ

The history of this Southern staple was brought to the U.S. by Scottish immigrants, who fried their chicken in fat rather than baking – a method more common among immigrants from other parts of Europe. Some of these Scottish immigrants settled in the South, and when slaves were brought over from Africa to work as cooks, they added their own twist to the dish. Today, fried chicken enjoys universal appeal with many interpretations. And in Georgia, it's found its way into the sandwich.

10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best fried chicken sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with local Georgia food writers and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants. For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting daily for their favorites. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Fried Chicken Sandwich in Georgia are as follows:

  1. PDQ - Augusta
  2. Carter's Restaurant - Douglas
  3. Peach & the Porkchop - Roswell
  4. Industry Tavern - Atlanta
  5. Goldbergs Bagel Company & Deli - Atlanta
  6. The Rooster King - Fairburn
  7. Atkins Park Restaurant - Atlanta
  8. Rock's Chicken & Fries - Atlanta
  9. Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe - Dunwoody
  10. Home Grown - Atlanta

Congratulations to all these award-winning restaurants!

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