Mrs. Wilkes' garners top Yelp ranking for fried chicken

ICONIC local restaurant Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room received top accolades from Yelp recently, with their legendary fried chicken being recognized as the best fried chicken in Georgia.

The honor came as the website Insider collated rankings of fried chicken in every state in the union.

"This is one of the best restaurants or food experiences that I've been to and most definitely the place to go in Savannah. It's all about the Southern food and hospitality.


The family-style meal is worth the wait. The fried chicken is about the best I've had. The side dishes are delicious as well as the biscuits," wrote one Yelp user.

Mrs. Wilkes' is famous for its family-style, communal seating, which could have you meeting new friends from around the globe to enjoy to enjoy their wide-range of of Southern-style comfort food.

Started in 1943 by Sema Wilkes, the famous spot on Jones Street downtown has been a tourist attraction for decades in addition to being beloved by locals.

Sema's granddaughter Marcia Thompson now runs the restaurant.


To find the best fried chicken for takeout, Yelp identified businesses in the restaurant categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning "fried chicken."

When available, all businesses on this list also had to have a passing health score or a score greater than a B/80 as of July 1. 

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