Seattle >Food & Dining > Ezell's Famous Chicken
501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.606317 -122.302973
Neighborhoods: Central, Central Seattle, Minor
Love this chicken! They now have a mobile truck so you can get your chicken on the go!
If it's good enough for Oprah - it's good enough for me. But even without the framed kudos from the almighty one hanging on the wall one bite will tell you that this is some of the best fried chicken you're going to find in Seattle.
Bring on the Book Club! – In the past, I've generally tried to steer clear of most things that Oprah recommends, if for no other reason than because I take pride in my masculinity. However, Ezell's is so good, I may just be totally converted. Being a life-long Southerner let me just go ahead and confirm that Ezell's is as good as any deep fried poultry you'll find south of the Mason-Dixon. I know the place is kind of an institution around the Garfield High area, but even as I write this, I have hard time believing it' was as good as it was. From the breading to the chicken to the rolls, this place is definitely it for classic Southern comfort food. Maybe I should listen to Oprah more often...
I Heard That! – Yes, this is an overrated place! My fave is Popeye's chicken... dammit there is reason why Beyonce was addicted to that place. Church's chicken has better bird than Ezell's. Don't get me wrong, I gave this place a chance over and over again. I've eaten from Ezell's maybe a total of 5 or 6 times and it's been consistantly bleh! Yes, the pieces are bigger (thus the 2 stars) but as stated in previous reviews, the bird is dry, underseasoned and the sides could be bigger. I could really care less about the customer service, just give me my food. Y'all want some real tasty yardbird, route ya'selves over to Popeye's, order some of that Spicy yardbird, red beans and rice, and the potato mash with cajun gravy! And seriously, if you gave Ezell's a 5 star rating, I feel bad for you all, cuz that's the best yardbird y'all done had... damn shame!
Ezell's has ruined me for all other chicken joints – I am addicted to Ezell's. Addicted, I say! I have it at least once a week (I just can't go that that long without having some of their spicy chicken!). The friend chicken is just about perfect: crispety and crunchy on the outside but mouthwateringly juicy on the inside. Damn, nothing beats Ezell's!! I dream about their chicken. Their rolls are also great and I'm really fond of their baked beans. My boyfriend is a fan of their slaw and we both enjoy the decent peach cobbler. The only thing I really avoid is the mashed potatoes; it is homemade but has a a slightly sour taste to it that I just can't cotton to. Also, the service at Ezell's is very utilitarian but they are friendly enough and . .who goes to Ezell's for the service anyway? Once you have that first bite of chicken in your mouth, nothing else matters.
I made the mistake of having KFC last week for the first time in years (exactly two years to be exact: around the same I the time I discovered Ezell's) and it just tasted like dust in my mouth. Awful.
Long live Ezell's!! A veritable Seattle institution . ..
Overrated Chicken – My husband and I tried Ezell's after having read a glowing review in The Stranger. I can't imagine how this restaurant has achieved a positive reputation. The chicken was dry. The taste was greasy and underseasoned--on both the regular and the spicy varieties. The coating was falling off and was almost soggy.
I'm feeling the pain of other reviewers who commented on the poor service. We ordered spicy chicken pieces and spicy strips and the strips wound up being regular.
Popeye's Chicken (a big chain) kicks Ezell's butt all around Seattle...two or three times at least. It would be worth it to drive to Federal Way to get Popeye's if this is the alternative. And, as another reviewer said, grocery store deli chicken is better than this, too.
I guess I'm still looking for great fried chicken in Seattle.
Seattle's Best Chicken? – Doesn't live up to the hype. Visited Ezell's twice and disappointed on both occasions. Had Southern-raised family in town and so I wanted to impress them with some great fried chicken. Went to Ezell's. Got it home. It was old and dry and under-seasoned. Maybe the staff just wanted to get rid of the old stuff before making fresh, but it was a complete rip-off and the sides were nothing very special either. Went back a second time weeks later to see if it was a fluke and the experience was pretty much the same. Additionally, they quarter the breasts (said to be how black folk cut chicken to make it go farther) but charge like it's a half-breast. Lame.
Truthfully, I've had better fried chicken at QFC's deli when the chicken is fresh; you get what you pay for!
The best fried chicken ANYWHERE – Seriously, the fried chicken here is really the best around. It comes in original and spicy--get the spicy variety (it's more interesting than the original) and MAKE SURE you get a roll/muffin. They're sweet and bready and complement the spicy crispiness of the chicken perfectly. Some of my friends swear by the chicken strips, which are breaded and fried white meat, but I like the pieces because they're juicier. Not that you'll be able to fit it in after eating chicken and rolls, but they also make a mean sweet potato pie.
Best Chicken on Earth – Get the original chicken! It's far better than my homemade chicken, and my chicken rules. The service is friendly but they always either forget the potato salad, run out of wings, forget to include a roll, or accidentally grab spicy rather than original. The thing is, when they know that something's not right, they'll give you an extra piece of chicken to say sorry.
Great Food - Service is a Joke – The food is great, but the service is a joke. It is not a question of the order being wrong/right, it is how many mistakes will there be. If they forget one item consider yourself lucky. I order the "spicy" chicken and the workers could care less. If the "regular" is more convenient...that is what you will get. I don't even know why they have a menu. You are just as likely to get what you want if you hand them $10 and tell them you want food. But, the food is good and I still go back.
The cure for a mean fried-chicken craving can be found at this Central District institution. – In Short
This modest joint has long been a worthwhile commute for folks in outlying areas craving fried chicken. Light or dark chicken comes with either a golden crust or spicier seasoning. Dinner includes real mashed potatoes, fresh coleslaw and sweet, buttery rolls. Walking in the door when there's no line is a rarity, especially at lunchtime when Garfield High School students cross the street for takeout.
cold chicken – fried chicken has to be hot and fresh, i got cold ones. i can imagine greatness when they were hot but... w price so high for fast food and screw up service. i've been there only once and not returning.
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