5 Best Fried Chicken Joints in South Carolina for 2024!

South Carolina's fried chicken scene has won the hearts and appetites of many. From bone-in chicken breasts to boneless chicken strips and every cut in between, fried chicken is simply a way of life in the Palmetto State. This means you can find this deep south staple pretty much anywhere you go in the state. It can be difficult to choose the best-fried chicken joint in South Carolina, given the high level of competition. Here are 5 of the best for 2024!

Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken, Hartsville, SC

Don’t worry, Yogi Bear himself isn’t lurking about to steal your picnic basket. People come from hours away to get a taste of this deliciously sweet fried chicken. They also offer chicken tenders, wings, shrimp, all served up in humble digs.

Carolina’s Chicken and More, Gaffney, SC

For chicken just like your grandma used to make, head to Carolina’s Chicken and More. This is the way home cookin’ was meant to be. Fans rave that this is the best fried chicken they’ve ever tasted, but their cheese steaks and chicken sandwiches are equally amazing.

Boxcar Betty, Charleston, SC

Famously known for their fried chicken sandwich variations, they take care to use chicken that’s cage-free and antibiotic-free. Take your pick of a classic chicken sandwich, or try one that’s been dipped in Buffalo sauce or a variety of other toppings (bacon jam, anyone?).

The Chicken Basket, Anderson, SC

Fried chicken, chicken gizzards, chicken tenders, wings, sandwiches, bird dogs - if it’s chicken, it’s here at The Chicken Basket. Aside from their famous poultry offerings, they also offer classic diner fare, like grilled cheese and hamburgers, along with a few uncommon-yet-tasty varieties like the Polish sausage dog.

Zesto of West Columbia, West Columbia, SC

Don’t let the giant ice cream cone outside fool you—their fried chicken outshines their cold desserts all day long. Here you can get chicken by the plate or by the tub in a variety of cuts. And don’t forget to end your meal with a hand-scooped ice cream cone!

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