Garden&Gun magazine has canvassed the South to find the source of the best fried chicken in every state, from the Carolinas to Texas, Florida to Washington, D.C.
The Charleston-based magazine relied on chefs, travel writers and regular contributors to compile the list — breaking it down into locally owned restaurants, and national and regional chains.
In Columbia, Bernie’s on Bluff Road and Zesto of West Columbia beat all others — winning high praise from Matt & Ted Lee (The Lee Bros. cookbook authors) and Elliott Moss (of Asheville’s Buxton Hall Barbecue).
The Lees say that Bernie’s fried chicken is “A must whenever we’re in Columbia — or just passing by, even. It’s way worth the detour from I-26.”
Moss tells readers to eat Zesto’s fried chicken “with lots of hot sauce and a cheeseburger on the side.”
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