Food & Drink

Looking for Carolinas fried chicken? There’s a map for that

Price’s Chicken Coop in Charlotte is one of the Carolinas chicken stops on the new map.
Price’s Chicken Coop in Charlotte is one of the Carolinas chicken stops on the new map. Observer files

EDIA Maps, created by former Charlotteans Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright, started out with a printed map to North Carolina’s barbecue world. Then they added another on the state’s craft beers.

Now they’ve tackled North and South Carolina and fried chicken, with the new Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map, which points the way to 300 fried-chicken nirvanas, fried chicken trivia (the World’s Largest Frying Pan is in North Carolina?) and fried chicken styles, including two that they claim are indigenous to the Carolinas.

The map covers fried chicken places and styles in both North and South Carolina. EDIA Maps

“When we started this map, we didn’t expect to uncover fried chicken traditions that were unique to the Carolinas,” Fisher says. “What we didn’t realize – and it seems that few people do – is that we have two fried-chicken styles that started right here.”

She’s referred to dipped chicken, with the chicken first fried and then dipped in barbecue sauce, and Calabash chicken, with the chicken breaded and fried similar to the seafood method used at Carolinas Calabash seafood restaurants along the coast.

With more than 300 places named, there are plenty of Charlotte stops, including Price’s Chicken Coop and Bar-B-Q King, for dipped chicken.

The new map can be pre-ordered starting Thursday (National Fried Chicken Day) at Folded versions are $9.99 and unfolded poster-style versions are $29.99. The maps will be available for shipping in August.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis