Deep-Fried Delights from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Grease popping in the kitchen means something good is frying. Follow Guy Fieri to find the best fried and crunchy foods.

Korean Fried Shrimp — Sakaya Kitchen (Miami)

Sakaya is a fast-casual restaurant that features Asian fusion comfort food. The Korean fried shrimp served there picks up some Miami heat after it's fried and tossed in a spicy sauce.

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Deep-Fried Pork Chops — Early Bird Diner (Charleston, South Carolina)

Early Bird Diner is a place where you can get breakfast anytime — even dinnertime. If you're craving something heftier, try the deep-fried pork chops. Smothered with sweet and tangy pepper jelly instead of traditional onions, this dish is sure to make you feel right at home.

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Fried Green Tomatoes — Center Point Barbecue (Hendersonville, Tennessee)

Fried green tomatoes are a classic Southern staple, and here they're topped with a housemade "yum yum sauce." Center Point's fried green tomatoes have been served to country music stars over the years. Also try the restaurant's famous sugar-glazed smoked ham.

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Chicken-Fried Ribs — Fox Bro's Bar-B-Q (Atlanta)

Texan twin brothers Jonathan and Justin started barbecuing in their backyard and upgraded to their own joint in Atlanta. They season a slab of pork ribs with a dry rub and smoke it for four hours before frying it for a crispy bite.

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Fried Chicken — Patton's Restaurant & Catering (Des Moines)

Owner Pam Patton brings Southern cooking to life in a Midwestern town. Soaked in a buttermilk brine overnight, this chicken is fried and served with a plate of spicy red beans and rice. 

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Spicy Atomic Fire Balls — Queens Comfort (Astoria, Queens, New York)

Ex-filmmaker-turned-chef Donnie D'Alessio makes gooey fried mac-and-cheese balls, heavily spiked with sriracha. He is full of surprises, just like his recipes. He even proposed to his then-girlfriend while being featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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Fried Poke — Like Poke (Maui, Hawaii)

A native Hawaiian and an ex-pro surfer, Chef Danny Kalahiki serves fried poke from his food truck, which can often be found near the beach. Enjoy chunky poke cubes that are lightly fried before you take a dip in the water.

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Fried Polenta Sandwich — P's & Q's (Portland, Oregon)

Californian chef Paul Davis creates a mellow atmosphere in his kitchen, while co-owner Emily Anderson serves Midwest comfort classics. They transform creamy polenta into a fried square and assemble it on a bun with pickled onions and a flame-roasted poblano spread.   

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Garlic Fried Chicken — Pyrenees Cafe (Bakersfield, California)

Serving up Basque food since 1935, Pyrenees Cafe features French- and Spanish-influenced dishes. The chef even ditches the deep fryer and opts for a hotel pan filled with oil. The fried chicken is soaked in a rich buttermilk and garlic marinade, fried, then topped with a buttery garlic sauce.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich — Show Dogs (San Francisco)

This hot dog joint not only serves its signature homemade Dijon mustard and sausages, but fried chicken is also on offer. For this dish, chicken breasts get seasoned with a spice mixture before being fried. It's assembled into a sandwich with housemade coleslaw and pickled ginger.

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Fried Clam Roll — D.J.'s Clam Shack (Key West, Florida)

If you are in Key West, D.J.'s Clam Shack is the place to go for the best seafood in town. Co-owner Jeff Gagnon fries turtleneck clams and nestles them into a roll for the perfect sandwich.

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