Ever since southerners began to travel up to the north for jobs and prospects, like those that were widely available in Detroit in the early part of the 20th century, the Motor City has enjoyed many fine new foods, too. One of those foods – fried chicken – is a national favorite, and Detroit is home to some of the best old and new restaurants that cook up this soul food staple day in and day out for hungry Detroiters.
Beans & Cornbread
29508 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034-5703
(248) 208-1680

Since 1997, Beans & Cornbread has been one of Metro Detroit’s top spots for home-cooked, independent soul food. While not located within the city of Detroit, Beans & Cornbread is just outside the city in nearby Southfield. Their fried chicken has been called the best in Detroit and the testimonials on their website stand on their own. There’s plenty of good fried chicken in Detroit, but Beans & Cornbread just has a little special extra something. Real Detroit magazine called it Detroit’s Best Soul Food back in 2014.

Chicken King
3560 Elizabeth Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 683-6440

Specializing in all types of chicken and the many delicious ways to serve it, the Chicken King is one of Metro Detroit’s top places for all things chicken. Not only is their fried chicken some of the best, but their broasted chicken is some of the best in the city. Chicken King has expanded in recent years and has two locations in Metro Detroit, with their flagship store in Farmington and a second location in Waterford.

Urban Soul Detroit
1535 E. Lafayette St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 344-9070

The recently-opened Urban Soul Detroit fills a major gap in the fried chicken world of the Motor City since the closing of Southern Fires restaurant, which was much-beloved for its amazing soul food. The folks behind Southern Fires opened Urban Soul in the downtown area and since then, have been hearing locals sing their praises for their amazing fried chicken, which, according to many, tastes better than ever. Make sure to stop by today to try out this new and exciting downtown dining option.Related:  Best Restaurants In Detroit Worth The Hype

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken
1122 Ann Arbor Road W.
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 453-6767

Solely a carry-out facility, if you’re looking for a fancy sit-down restaurant, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken isn’t it, but if you’re interested in some of the best fried chicken in the state, Lee’s in Plymouth is hard to beat. They’ve won franchise awards for their incredible sales numbers because everyone in the area absolutely loves their delicious soul food. Tried and true, Lee’s has stood the test of time in a small location and it’s their food that keeps everyone coming back.

(Haab's in downtown Ypsilanti. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

(Haab’s in downtown Ypsilanti. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

Haab’s Restaurant 
8 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 483-8200

Located in the heart of downtown Ypsilanti, is one of the city’s oldest restaurants, Haab’s, established back in 1936. Many hardcore fried chicken enthusiasts will defend that the famous “Chicken In A Basket” meal from Haab’s is absolutely Metro Detroit’s best fried chicken available. For nearly 100 years, patrons have enjoyed a half chicken, fried perfectly, with their famous shoestring potatoes and biscuits with honey, all for only $12.99. By far the best deal on amazing fried chicken in Southeastern Michigan.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.