My fiance read the Washingtonian's article on fried chicken this weekend and got a major craving for the dish, so we headed over to Pearl Dive since it was a) the closest on the list and b) sounded the best.
Oh...my...God is that fried chicken amazing!!! It is very likely the best fried chicken I've ever had. It's fried perfectly, the skin does not pull away from the chicken when you bite into it. The seasoning is spot on, a little spicy but not too much. The meat remains juicy (they only serve dark meat. I wonder if this is because they found their white meat dried out too much) and crispiness of the skin is wonderful. No grease....just delightful.
It's served with a great coleslaw (also has a little heat), perfectly cooked collard greens (no vinegar...just the way I like it), and roasted fingerling potatoes. It also comes with pickled vegetables that we thought were way too spicy (the only downside of an otherwise perfect dish).
We split the dish (and got some oysters and the asparagus salad to start), which was more than enough. He even have a thigh left over for some late night cold chicken eating later in the week.
My understanding is you can also get a take out bucket with about 8 pieces in it and sides. It's a pretty good deal and a fun dinner for a party or a picnic.