2 kinds of non-traditional fried chicken you should try this weekend

Chef Robert Phalen’s fried chicken is a focal point on the menu at Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters. / Photo: Henri Holllis

You don’t have to look far to find amazing crispy, golden-fried chicken in metro Atlanta (heck, you can have fried chicken at a restaurant in Atlanta every day of the week and not come close to running out of restaurants).

But if you’re something a little different, we have two suggestions:

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters, from One Eared Stag owner Robert Phalen, goes beyond the typical fried chicken with its multi-process fried chicken which can be ordered sweet, hot or house-fried. “Every single piece I’ve ordered has been both impressively juicy and tender while retaining a crunchy, flavorful batter that can stand on its own,” AJC food writer Wyatt Williams writes in his recent review. you can also The East Lake restaurant, which opened Feb. 5, also offers a variety of sides as well as oysters.

For a completely different take, check out Ponko Chicken from sisters Reiko Clark and Maggie Antoine, who give fried chicken an Amer-Asian twist with a panko crust and sweet soy sauce drizzle. Ponko is a “noteworthy alternative to Chick-fil-A or Zaxby’s,” AJC food writer Wendell Brock wrote in his recent review.

Both spots have some kinks to work out, but if you’re looking for a break from your beloved Southern fried chicken, give them a try.

Mary Hoopa’s, 2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta. 404-254-5236, maryhoopas.com
Ponko Chicken, 2896 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. 770-451-4251, ponkochicken.com.

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