Gazedibles: Fried ‘n’ true

Mama E's Wings & Waffles (Mark Hancock)

Mama E’s Wings & Waffles (Mark Hancock)

Mama E’s Wings & Waffles

3838 Springlake Drive

405-424-0800

If you don’t understand the draw of fried chicken and waffles, then you probably haven’t eaten at Mama E’s, where the waffle and wing combo draws a crowd on the regular. From lawmakers to lawbreakers, fans of this eastside staple love the tasty fried chicken on top of sweet waffles. There’s much more to the menu — including neck bones and macaroni and cheese — but the chicken is a must.

The Drum Room (Erick Perry)

The Drum Room (Erick Perry)

The Drum Room

4309 N. Western Ave.

drumroomokc.com

405-604-0990

When people talk about the best fried chicken in Oklahoma City, it doesn’t take long to hear The Drum Room mentioned. With a little sweet heat mixed into the flour dredge, this fried chicken beats out plenty of competitors. And if you’re looking to speed up the tempo of your meal, grab an order of fried drummies in Flaming Lips hot sauce for a fast-paced chicken fix. Or snare yourself a whole bird and take it home to share with the rest of the band.

Wing Supreme (Erick Perry)

Wing Supreme (Erick Perry)

Wing Supreme

3925 N. Lincoln Blvd.

facebook.com/wingsupremeokc

405-702-5464

It must have been a challenge coming up with a name for Wing Supreme. Good Wings doesn’t come close to describing how delicious these hot wings are. And How Delicious These Hot Wings Are is more descriptive, but also way too long. Wild Buffalo-Style Wings is a lawsuit waiting to happen. In the end, there was only one name that would do for some of Oklahoma City’s most superior chicken. And these wings are supreme.

A Family Affair Restaurant (Gazette / file)

A Family Affair Restaurant (Gazette / file)

A Family Affair Restaurant

1742 NE 23rd St.

405-427-1919

It’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite at A Family Affair. When you head down the buffet line, you will be tempted by all manner of tasty sides and a bevy of spicy soul food options. Catfish? Meatloaf? Gumbo? Lord have mercy; it’s a challenge to pass them by. That is why you should get that Cajun fried chicken to eat in the dining room and then order a second entree to eat that night.

Jax Soul Kitchen (Emmy Verdin)

Jax Soul Kitchen (Emmy Verdin)

Jax Soul Kitchen

575 S. University Blvd., Norman

gldining.com/jax

405-801-2828

Sooner or later, we all end up in Norman. Whether it’s the college town of your dreams or nightmares doesn’t matter — you’ll get hungry either way. That’s when you need to pull up a seat at Jax Soul Kitchen for a plate of smoked fried chicken. White meat chicken is smoked to infuse the meat with tons of flavor before it’s lightly battered and fried crisp. Order sides of cheesy grits and collard greens and you’ll be in heaven.

Jim's Famous Chicken (Emmy Verdin)

Jim’s Famous Chicken (Emmy Verdin)

Jim’s Famous Chicken

824 SW 89th St.

jimsfamouschicken.com

405-703-2704

People ask Jim how he got famous, and he tells them all the same thing: “I was the first man to successfully train a snake to be a mixed martial artist.” That’s not how Jim’s Famous Chicken got famous, though. It got famous for serving some of the finest fried chicken in Oklahoma City — juicy and tender on the inside, crispy and tasty on the outside. And if you’re looking for livers and gizzards, Jim’s has those, too.

Pearl's Oyster Bar (Emmy Verdin)

Pearl’s Oyster Bar (Emmy Verdin)

Pearl’s Oyster Bar

5641 N. Classen Blvd.

pearlsokc.com

405-848-8008

Long before oysters became de rigueur for OKC’s fanciest restaurants, Pearl’s Oyster Bar was shucking and serving bivalves for hungry customers. So why go there for fried chicken? Because it’s tremendously tasty. Partially boned and fully delicious, Pearl’s ultimate fried chicken is served with garlic mashed potatoes and some of the best gravy this side of the bayou.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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