For as long as Amanda Fisher can remember, she’s been attracted to a particular style of traveling. “I’d always loved road trips and seeking out those off-the-beaten-path, hole in the wall places,” says the 2004 UNC grad. “Barbecue is so good for that. Those places get you into the small towns and they get you off the main roads.”
While she always took travel guides and maps with her on trips, Amanda acknowledges their limitations when hunger strikes on the road. “If you have a book on barbecue and it says, ‘This place is in this town’ and it’s a tiny town you’ve never heard of, you would have no idea where that is in relation to you,” she says. “You really need them all on a map.”
Thankfully for us, Amanda did the hard work and, with the help of her EDIA Maps partner Paul Bright, mapped out all the barbecue joints, breweries, and most recently, all the fried chicken spots in the Tar Heel State. (The Carolina Fried Chicken Map also highlights South Carolina’s best of the bird as well.) The result is a comprehensive guide that will make you want to hit the road and start eating. More than just a map, the flipside of the fried chicken version features insidery tidbits about each restaurant from what’s good as a side to which bird is packing heat. (Even the fun facts will make the drive go by faster – did you know that 40% of NC and SC agriculture is attributed to poultry?)
Amanda, a native North Carolinian who lived in Charlotte for a decade but now calls L.A. home, still looks for those roadside stands and small-town spots. The flexibility of her job means that she can put one of her favorite pastimes first. “I wanted travel to be a bigger part of my life,” she says. With her culinary maps, she’s encouraging others to do the same.
Below are five Chapel Hill and Carrboro spots that made the Carolina Fried Chicken Map – how many from the full list have you enjoyed?
Traditional Southern-fried served picnic-cold with watermelon, deviled eggs, potato salad, heirloom tomatoes & cukes-n-onions.
610 W Franklin St | Chapel Hill
Sn 10:30-2 & 5:30-9 | T-Th 5:30-9:30 | F-S 5:30-10
Chicken Cheddar Biscuit featured on Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America.
201 E Franklin St | Chapel Hill
Get your Southern-fried or chicken biscuit plain or smothered in brown gravy.
408 W Rosemary St | Chapel Hill
Sn 8-9 | M-S 8-9:30
Acme Food & Beverage
Pecan-flour-crusted over mashed with mushroom gravy & butterbeans in herbed cream sauce.
110 E Main St | Carrboro
Sn 10-2 & 5:30-9:30 | M-Th 5:30-9:30 | F-S 5:30-10
Fried chicken biscuits & sandwiches topped however you’d like (honey & pickled jalapeños sounds good) or with black pepper milk gravy for dippin’.
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