Last week I accidentally got on the wrong branch of the Blue line and stumbled across some good fried chicken. Louisiana'a Fried Chicken is located at 2003 S. Western, right under the Western stop on the 54/Cermak line. As soon as you get off the train you can smell the chicken. It actually took me two trips to get chicken Although the sign says open until 5:30 at 4:00 I was told that they were closed. The place itself is less than inspiring. There is a small office at the front of the building that says wholesale only. When you walk in it almost looks like a place that has gone out of business. When I came the second time at 1:00 P.M. a woman was loading up box after box of three piece meals, presumably for some wholesale activity. I asked for four pieces and the woman told me that I could have five for $4.55. I did not get any sides as this did not look like the kind of place for it. There is nowhere to sit and eat here so I decided to take it home and see if it had been worth my effort. The pieces were large, crispy, moist, and delicious. The chicken had just come out of the fryer so even 30 minutes later it was still hot. I grew up on some fine fried chicken in Kentucky and this, while not on that level, was some of the best I've had in Chicago. It could have been a fluke so I am anxious to return and try it again.Because they had closed over an hour early on Tuesday, lunchtime would seem to be the best time to go.
Louisiana's Fried Chicken
2003 S. Western Ave.