National Fried Chicken Day is Today: Here's Where to Celebrate

Betty's Soul Food was named "Best Comfort Food" in our 2012 Best Of issue.

Today is National Fried Chicken Day, the annual event where breaded poultry, placed in bubbling oil until golden brown, gets its own place on the calendar...sort of.

To be honest, any reason to eat fried chicken works for us...here are our favorites.

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Ernie's Italian Chophouse

in Lighthouse Point is celebrating with an Italian family-style fried

chicken dinner deal for two ($54), which gets you a Caesar of mixed

green salad, chicken scarpariello (a whole chicken broken into eight

pieces), cavatelli with fontina cheese (the Italian version of mac 'n

cheese), plus a cannoli to share. The deal is good through Sunday, July

8. It's the upscale way of celebrating this humblest of meals.

Betty's Soul Food in

Lauderdale Lakes is what real fried chicken is all about. Betty Taylor

has been at the same location off Sistrunk Boulevard for what seems

like ages. Time stands still when you walk in the door and are embraced

by the scent of good southern cooking, A quarter of a chicken with two

sides (we choose the black eyed-peas and collard greens) is $8.99,

which is a small price to pay for a trip to the deep south.

Keese's Simply Delicious in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is perfectly located

for taking out a fried chicken lunch to enjoy as a beach picnic. This

family-owned restaurant has had the same storefront since 1953 and the

recipe has never changed. Order four pieces for $9.95, eight pieces for

$18.95, then wait...because the chicken is fried to order. Take a walk

to the beach a block away to watch the surfers and come back a few

minutes later to pick up your bird, fried to perfection.

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