The top five places for fried chicken in Savannah, Georgia

There's no more popular example of Southern eats than fried chicken. At its best, this magical combination of chicken, flour, fat, and just-the-right spices results in a mouth-watering dish with a delightfully crunchy coating encasing tender, juicy meat with a deep chicken flavor.

And if you're in Savannah, Georgia, you're in luck – there are plenty of places here that are famous for serving up a plate of the finest fried chicken – traditional and otherwise. The top five are:

1) Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room – Take a seat with friends and strangers at one of this Savannah landmark's tables for ten and partake of the platters of fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé, and other southern-style eats. Get there well before 11:00 AM opening – there's always a line. Open for lunch only. And remember to bring cash, because Mrs. Wilkes takes no cards.
107 West Jones Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Telephone +1 912-232-5997.

2) The Lady & Sons – Enjoy down-home-style fried chicken, as well as seafood, steaks, and a variety of southern side dishes, at celebrity chef Paula Dean's 200-year-old, 300-seat landmark restaurant in downtown Savannah. Take your pick of table or buffet service. Reservations accepted up to one year in advance, and walk-up guests are always welcome.
102 W Congress Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Telephone +1 912-233-2600.

3) The Olde Pink House Restaurant and Tavern – Enjoy an upscale meal here at downtown Savannah's only 18th-century mansion. The Pink House take on fried chicken is contemporary southern, and comes in the form of a pecan-crusted chicken breast with a blackberry bourbon glaze. Reservations required for main restaurant; get the same menu, same prices on a first-come/first-serve basis in the Planter's Tavern downstairs.
23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Telephone +1 912-232-4286.

4) Sisters The owners say "Our southern traditional meals will make you think of wonderful dinner at big Mama's house." Come here for the fried chicken; come back again for slow-cooked delicacies like ribs, ox tails, turkey wing, and of course a host of mouth-watering old-South side dishes.
2605 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA 31404. Telephone +1 912-335-2761.

5) The Pirates House – First opened in 1753 as an inn for seafarers, the Pirates House is now one of Savannah's more popular stops for visitors and locals alike – and the honey-and-pecan-encrusted fried chicken gets raves from everybody. 20 East Broad Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Telephone +1 (912) 233-575.

Martin Sinderman lives in downtown Savannah. He's a freelance writer as well as owner/operator of Savannah Sidewalk Tours, a walking-tour company.