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Crunch! The 6 Best Fried Chicken Spots in San Antonio

  • March 07, 2023
  • | 12:18 PM

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Love at first bite! 🍗

If you fry it, we will buy it! Who doesn’t love a taste of some fried chicken goodness? From perfectly seasoned wings and thighs to saucy sandwiches packed with flavor, we here at UNATION love a delicious local fried chicken spot! So, we had to curate a list of a few of the best spots to get your crispy chicken fix!

We’ve got the crunch you are looking for in San Antonio, so grab your wallet and get ready to venture to find your dream chicken treat! Here is UNATION San Antonio’s guide to “The 6 Best Fried Chicken Spots” in our city! You’re going to love this! These spots are going to be your new favorites! Let’s go!


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Gus’s Fried Chicken

📸: Gus’s Fried Chicken

Were you looking for world-famous fried chicken dating back to 1953? Gus’s Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken is the way to go! One of the most favorite spots in San Antonio, this chicken spot is a foodie must! Here you will find a full-service restaurant with fresh housemade southern sides and deliciously crunchy hand-battered fried chicken made to order! After one bite you’ll be hooked and probably wonder how they got their chicken so good, but this recipe is a family secret so you’ll just have to keep coming in for more! 

Our Recommendations Worth Clucking About:

  • Fried Pickles
  • Half Chicken Plate ( one of each piece of meat, yum!)
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Baked Beans
  • Old-fashioned Coconut Pie


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WOW Chicken & Cupbop

📸: WOW Chicken & Cupbop

In the mood to try something other than the classic Southern fried chicken? Head over to WOW Chicken & Cupbop, a Korean fried chicken must! Prepare for fried chicken of different varieties with a pop of flavor as well as delicious Korean-style sides and other dishes. This small eatery packs a big flavor and is definitely worth a visit if you’re a Korean fried chicken lover or want to try something new. 

Our Recommendations Worth Clucking About:

  • Honey Garlic Fried Chicken
  • Spicy Fries
  • Bulgogi Cupbop
  • Pork Fried Rice
  • Spicy Seafood Noodles


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The Jerk Shack

📸: The Jerk Shack

Caribbean Style Fried Chicken. Does it get better than this? If you’re on the hunt for local Caribbean fusion cuisine made by passionate and talented people, the Jerk Shack is a spot you need to check out. The flavors here are out of this world and this spot is going to be one of your new favorite fried chicken spots for sure! 

Our Recommendations Worth Clucking About:

  • Jerk Chicken (obviously!)
  • Pineapple Slaw
  • Mac n’ Cheese
  • Chopped Sandwich
  • Banana Pudding
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Mr. C’s Fried Chicken & Waffles

📸: Mr. C’s Fried Chicken & Waffles

A crispy and delicious brunch or lunch classic? Mr. C’s Fried Chicken & Waffles will always make the list! This spot has all things sweet, fluffy, crunchy, and of course, TASTY! Not into chicken & waffles? They have plenty of other options making this spot one of your new San Antonio favorites! Just make sure to bring your appetite because you’ll want a bite of everything! Get ready to be obsessed!

Our Recommendations Worth Clucking About:

  • Combo # 1 with a blueberry waffle ( 3 pieces of southern fried chicken and two waffles of your choice) 
  • Mr. C’s Honey Hots
  • Raspberry-Glazed Pork Chop
  • Skillet Mac & Cheese
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • The Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich
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Gold Feather

📸: Gold Feather

All about the beers and birds! Gold Feather brings a menu full of tasty treats, to-die-for sauces, unique sandwiches, and the crispiest chicken tenders and wings! This is a spot you’ll be coming back for because every menu item is incredibly delicious. If you’re looking for a spot with something for everyone, this restaurant is a must! We recommend becoming a VIP for this spot for exclusive events, secret menus, and special offers! Trust us, you’ll be here regularly after a bite!

Our Recommendations Worth Clucking About:

  • Return of the Mac
  • Chips & Queso
  • 6 Piece Tenders with samurai jack sauce and midnight cowboy
  • Bun Mi Fried Chicken Sanwich
  • Chicken & Churro Waffles
  • Jalapeno Cream Corn


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Pete’s Hot Chicken

📸: Pete’s Hot Chicken

Crank up the heat, here is one of the best spots for Nashville Hot Chicken in San Antonio. Pete’s Hot Chicken is a go-to for those who love a spicy kick but don’t worry, there are options for those of you who prefer a milder bite. This outdoor spot is great for the Spring time as we warm up under the Texas sun, chicken in hand! What a dream! This spot is another local favorite worth checking out when you get the chance, you won’t regret it!

Our Recommendations Worth Clucking About:

  • Southern Chicken Sandwich
  • Dirty Bird Loaded Fries
  • The Big Boy Family Deal
  • Fried Apple Pie
  • Pimento Queso

Before You Go...

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide and are excited to get munching at one (or all) of these fried chicken spots in San Antonio. Remember to bookmark or save this guide for future use when you’re looking to get your crispy chick fix! Also, don’t forget to tag us @stufftodoinsanantonio if you visit any of these spots. We want to see what you think!

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