From downtown to the ’burbs, Portlanders of all ages are reaching for another piece of the ultimate comfort food: crispy-crunchy chicken. All fried-chicken joints mentioned below are open for takeout.
Bonchon, a chain from South Korea that recently moved in at Clackamas Town Center, tosses its chicken (tenders, wings or boneless wings) in one of two sauces: spicy or soy-garlic. The spicy is pleasantly hot. The soy-garlic is delicious, too, and also great for dunking potstickers in. Don’t miss the sweet pickled radishes or the creamy sesame-sriracha dipping sauce that comes with the onion rings! “This is the best fried-chicken place ever,” declared my 5-year-old son, Cruz.
For a Nashville-style hot-chicken sandwich, head to Basilisk in The Zipper on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The housemade pickles are heavenly. Pro tip: You can order chicken without the super-spicy sauce, and they have outdoor seating when allowed.
In the Southwest ’burbs near Washington Square Mall, Ezell’s Famous Chicken lives up to the hype. Pro tip: Its sides could be a meal on their own! The rolls, mac ’n’ cheese, baked beans and potato salad are kid-approved.
The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is now home to two fabulous fried-chicken joints: Baes and Holler. Baes, which also has a location in downtown, offers strips, sandwiches and pieces, and a number of kid-friendly sides like buttered corn and waffle fries. It also offers a family meal, which includes a whole fried chicken and up to four different sides. Meanwhile, Holler specializes in fried chicken wings, pieces and sandwiches, but also has burgers and meatloaf sandwiches on the menu, along with cornbread, cookies and housemade ice cream.