Best Fried Chicken (2008)
Robert Sietsema: Theres no better fried bird in town than at Mitchells Soul Food, a working-class holdout in upscaling Prospect Heights. The skin does the crisping workits only lightly dusted with flour, salt, and pepperand the resulting product is juicy and crunchy at the same time, and the staff couldnt be nicer. The sides are great, too!
Sarah DiGregorio: The Korean-style fried chicken at BonBon Chicken is cooked to order, so you may have to wait a few minutes, but youll be rewarded with piping-hot chicken enveloped in a crackly, paper-thin crust. Choose the spicy version and each piece comes lacquered in a fiery glaze. Theres kimchi slaw, fries, and various salads available on the side, but the chicken is the culinary equivalent of crack and needs no embellishment.