People here have mentioned Harold's in Chicago and in my opinion that is completely dependent on the location. Overall, nothing all that special about it, though. Not that it's bad. But not necessarily all that great. Even when fried chicken isn't that great, it's still good. Good Popeye's is a real treat, and that hasn't been mentioned here. The key is finding a good franchise location. Some of their locations suck. But when it's good, it's some of the best. FWIW, I do consider myself something of a fried chicken junkie and eat it a couple times a month. Someone mentioned Nashville hot fried chicken earlier and I have to agree that it's some of the best in the country. Check out Prince's or any other number of locations if you don't mind driving into the ghetto. Hot fried chicken will do work to your innards, but it is a treat. Stroud's in Kansas City makes some great fried chicken. It's that fried in a cast iron skillet kind. Willie Mae's Scotch House in New Orleans makes some great fried chicken and some killer read beans and rice to go with it. Theirs is crispier and has a bit more batter. Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken in Memphis is solid, but a bit overrated in my opinion. In Chicago, people rave about the fried chicken at Table 52. Totally overrated in my opinion. Popeye's is much, much better. For those of you traveling through the Midwest, if you stumble upon a Lee's Famous Recipe, I'd highly recommend it. Their recipe is a derivation from Kentucky Fried Chicken's original formula from back in the Colonel's days as the guy that started Lee's was a relative of the Colonel. Their "Crispy and Spicy" is particularly good and their potato wedges are actually dipped in the chicken batter before fried (so awful for you, but tastes sooo good). Someone also mentioned Asian fried chicken. Thai fried chicken can be awesome if you go to a good Thai restaurant. Sometimes it's pretty uninspired, but in the country of Thailand it is often excellent, particularly from a street vendor (I used to live there). So if you know a good Thai restaurant, consider giving their take on fried chicken a try.