People have undoubtedly taken a stance on what feels like the age-old debate about who has the best fried chicken, and there are so many options that blow all the others out of the water. Fried chicken sandwiches are an integral part of any restaurant menu in the South, so it is only fair that they get their own national holiday, which takes place on November 9. New Orleans is home to incredible fried chicken, but even better fried chicken sandwiches!
Blue Oak BBQ
While an apology in advance is due because this sandwich isn't available on National Chicken Sandwich Day itself, you won't have to wait much longer. Blue Oak BBQ serves fantastic spicy chicken sandwiches on Tuesdays that are topped with spicy glaze, pickles, and white BBQ sauce. This sandwich is worth waiting another couple of days, but you'll be going back every chance you get after that. 900 N. Carrollton St., 504-822-2583, blueoakbbq.comToups Meatery
A high-end restaurant, Toups Meatery is a heaven for all things meat. From their house-made cured meats to great boudin balls, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich stands out above the rest. Served with braised greens, gruyere cheese, and a hot-sauce butter, this high-end chicken sandwich is more than a happy way to spend National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day. 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999, toupsmeatery.com
Banh Mi Boys
In almost a complete opposite direction, Banh Mi Boys blends po-boys with Vietnamese cuisine to create some of the greatest culinary inventions. The focus of every visit should be the Chicken Katsu Banh Mi, a fried chicken breast topped with tonkatsu sauce, kewpie mayo, and furikake seasoning. This takes the fried chicken sandwich to an entirely new but still insanely delicious level. 5001 Airline Dr., Metairie, 504-510-5360, bmbsandiwches.com
Known for its comfortable atmosphere, the brunch spot Willa Jeanis also acclaimed for its great sandwiches and drinks. Their fried chicken sandwich is topped with serrano pepper slaw and sambal mayonnaise, all on a Hawaiian roll, making it a go-to choice for a meal out with your friends, especially accompanied by their lavender spiked lemonade! 611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-509-7334, willajean.com
Most often associated with great breakfast items, District Donuts also has fried chicken sandwiches that make you question why the restaurant isn't named after them instead. Their fried chicken sandwich and Hot Chicken and Honey Butter French Toast Biscuit are available on their lunch menu throughout the week, giving you a chance to savor the best of the classic sandwich, with garlic slaw, candied jalapenos, and spicy pimento cheese, for a spicy twist on an old favorite. 2209 Magazine St., 504-570-6945, districtdonuts.com