It’s time to dig in to Sacramento’s chicken scene with the new Fried Chicken Trail from Visit Sacramento.


Fried chicken has always been popular, but it’s really taken off over the past few years, and some of the region’s best culinary talent has taken up the challenge to make the best fried chicken in town.


But the secret’s out – there’s so much good chicken, that you’ll just have to keep coming back for more.


If you’re into Nashville-style hot chicken, one must-stop location is Nash & Proper. Owner Cecil Rhodes launched his fried chicken through his food truck, and it took off from there, leading him to open a brick-and-mortar location at 1023 K St. in the middle of 2020.


Hear more from Rhodes on the Visit Sacramento Podcast.


Listen to "Nash & Proper's Cecil Rhodes on Opening Restaurant During Pandemic" on Spreaker.


If you’ve heard of Urban Roots, you’re probably aware that it’s one of the best barbecue places anywhere, and they make great beer to boot. Now, you can head to Bawk! by Urban Roots, which takes the same attention to detail and culinary talent that proved so successful with barbecue food and turned it into fried chicken. Several years in, it’s still doing great, and the food is as good as ever. Located at 1409 R St., it’s in one of Sacramento’s most exciting areas, where you’ll also find drinks, live music and a host of murals and other fun spots.


Speaking of R Street, Iron Horse Tavern has you covered for fried chicken as well, at the corner of 15th and R streets. The interior decor is a nod to Sacramento’s railroad heritage, but the patio is where the restaurant really shines, serving, of course – fried chicken – and unique takes on classic dishes with an excellent craft cocktail selection to complement beer and wine.


In town for a show at Golden 1 Center or the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center? Then you’re in luck because you’re really close to Cafeteria 15L at 15th and L streets, which brings “Downtown Home Cookin’ ” to Sacramento, including excellent fried chicken. The trendy indoor spaces are complemented by a secluded patio, and it’s all across the street from the gorgeous Capitol Park and World Peace Rose Garden.


The restaurants above are just a small selection of what you’ll find in Sacramento’s Fried Chicken Trail. To make sure you get themes of your Sacramento dining experience – and a few prizes along the way – sign up for the fried chicken trail. Don’t worry, there’s no annoying app to download, it’s instantly delivered via email, and as mentioned, you can win prizes by checking off the restaurants you visit (plus some even offer discounts if you show them the pass on your phone).


Learn more and sign up now here.


RESTAURANTS: It's not too late to be included in the pass! Please email for more information.