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When it comes to fried chicken, the Bluegrass state is legendary. Afterall, this is the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Before he was "the Colonel", Harland Sanders began selling his secret recipe poultry, touted for its mouthwatering 11 herbs and spices, from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Ky., during the Great Depression.

Today his Louisville-based company is known across the globe as KFC and is part of Yum! Brands.

Fried chicken in Kentucky is known for being floured or battered and then pan, deep or pressure fried.

You can find this deep-fried culinary goodness at a slew of Louisville restaurants from fast to fancy.

Or you can try your hand at making it from scratch at open with this recipe from Bourbon & Biscuits.

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Cottage Inn
570 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217
The Inn has been serving Southern comfort food since 1929 and the fried chicken dinner is a classic. Get in a club or salad as well.

Equus & Jack’s Lounge
122 Sears Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 895-9721
Ask for one of the comfy couches to dine on so you’ll be relaxed after you devour chicken with gravy over mashed potatoes and the sweetest collard greens you’ve ever had. But save room for the gourmet S’more for dessert.

624 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 384-9090
Sourcing 80% of their farm-to-table ingredients from within 100 miles, you’re sure to be eating locally raised chicken. And did we mention the buttermilk gravy?

1033 W Broadway
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 451-0447
Garden & Gun Magazine says this is one of the "50 dishes you must eat now" in their Southern Food Issue. They love the "old school way" Indi's drenches the chicken in hot sauce and "prizes the keel bone from the breast".

Lilly’s Bistro
1147 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 451-0447
Does it get any better than Sweet Potato Pancakes and Bourbon Sorghum Butter with your fried chicken at this original Bardstown Road favorite?

1606 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 365-1921

11400 Main St.
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 742-1456
Try your fried chicken taco style and with a wine flight at this popular wine bar with two locations. The fried-chicken tacos are served in a tortilla with garlic mashed potatoes, cheddar, and pepper gravy.

Marketplace at Theater Square
651 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 625-3001
Some like it hot and you’ll be wanting some Kentucky Bourbon to follow a bite of this hot sauce rich version.

316 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Order the Fried Chicken Plate from the "Low & Slow" portion of the menu for a Southern-Asian twist on fried chicken, made famous by award-winning Chef Edward Lee.

Mike Linnig’s
9308 Cane Run Road
Louisville, KY 40258
(502) 937-9888
They literally fry and serve the whole chicken at this Louisville favorite along the Ohio River.

Neighborhood Services
At the Omni Hotel
Enjoy it on a brioche bun with spicy Chow-Chow, another Kentucky treat.

Royals Hot Chicken
736 E. Market Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Serving Nashville-style Hot Chicken with a Louisville twist - choose from "Classic Fried" to "Gonzo" heat lvels and indulge in one of the many Southern-inspired sides.

Silver Dollar
1761 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Hyatt Regency Louisville
311 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 581-1234
The Hyatt brings a regional flare to their menu at Sway. Available for lunch or dinner, their fried chicken comes with mashed potatoes, gravy and greens. Now that’s the “Southern Way”!