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210 words about fried chicken

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The fried chicken that launched 1,000 accolades, served with wasabi-honey dipping sauce.
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Somebody said fried chicken is trendy right now, but guess what: It’s always cool to eat fried chicken. Right?

Fried chicken is one of the major food groups. It’s one of the foods we love. It’s always good, even when it’s bad. There is no Best Fried Chicken. There is only My Favorite.

The beauty of fried chicken today is that expensive, fancy restaurants have it, and it’s really good. The brand new Central at Caesars Palace has fried chicken, crunchy-thick because that’s how famous Frenchman Michel Richard likes it. But it lacks a kick. For sublime spiciness, head over to Blue Ribbon at Cosmopolitan, where it’s bright orange with paprika, zesty, crisp and juicy (see above). You are so hungry right now.

Fried chicken is soul food. Go get it at M&M Soul Food Cafe. Get it in the morning with a waffle or at night smothered in peppery gravy. Get that chicken!

Fried chicken makes for the best fast food. KFC ain’t bad. Raising Cane’s is the In-N-Out of chicken. All they do is chicken fingers, perfect every time. I love it, but it’s not My Favorite. Popeye’s. Righteously greasy. Crunchy skin. You should only ever order it spicy, for a potent shot of cayenne. I stand by my chicken.

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Brock Radke has been writing about Las Vegas for almost two decades. He currently serves as editor-at-large covering entertainment and ...

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