Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in Atlanta with free chicken and recipes

Half Chicken Plate with baked beans, slaw and white bread from Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. (Becky Stein Photography)

Half Chicken Plate with baked beans, slaw and white bread from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. (Becky Stein Photography)

Today, July 6, marks National Fried Chicken Day, and while it hasn’t been deemed a state holiday like we think it should be, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate.


  • Southern Art and Bourbon Bar is celebrating all week. Guests who dine-in today during either lunch or dinner will get a complimentary basket of chef Art Smith’s signature buttermilk fried chicken.

Also beginning today and running through Sunday, July 10, guests can make their own fried chicken by choosing from a variety of batter flavors including chipotle and lemon pepper, a sauce and two sides. On Thursday, July 7, chef de cuisine Tonya Morris will teach a fried chicken cooking class from 11 a.m. to noon for $35, and from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, fried chicken and waffle corn dogs and family style fried chicken will be on the menu.

Southern Art, 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-946-9070, southernart.com/

  • Participating Church’s Fried Chicken is offering three legs, three thighs, one wing and one breast for $6.99 today only.

Various locations, www.churchs.com/

Where to eat

  • What a lovely coincidence — Watershed’s Fried Chicken Wednesday just happens to coincide with Fried Chicken Day. Enjoy the restaurant’s beloved fried bird for lunch or dinner today.

Watershed, 1820 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-809-3561, watershedrestaurant.com/

One Eared Stag, 1029 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 404-525-4479, oneearedstagatl.com

GA Chapter Room, 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-941-1503, www.gachapterroom.com.

Revival, 129 Church St., Decatur. 470-225-6770, revivaldecatur.com.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, 231 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-996-2837, gusfriedchicken.com/atlanta-georgia-location/


What to make

Check out a foolproof method for crunchy, golden chicken breast

Check out this cookbook for perfect fried chicken recipes

Check out this recipe for spicy fried chicken



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