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5 Fried Chicken-Loving Hotels To Make Azealia Banks Swoon

September 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

Hip hop star Azealia Banks—whose hit song "212" went viral in early 2012—took a moment on Twitter yesterday to proclaim the wonders of sitting in hotel rooms eating fried chicken and watching BBC documentaries. Which we can totally identify with.

So for her sake (and partly our own), we decided to put together a handy Top 5 list of US hotels that serve awesome fried chicken, to be enjoyed either in-room or at the restaurant. As for the BBC docs? Less of a concern.

#5. Revel in Atlantic City made a big splash at the start of the summer by opening with a Beyonce concert. Well, we got to take a look around the hotel last month, and particularly enjoyed the fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($23) we sampled at Central Michel Richard. Who needs taco trucks anyway?

Longman & Eagle, how we pine for thine chicken divine

#4. We swooned over the fried chicken and waffles ($13) on the menu at Chicago's Longman & Eagle hotel. The hotel only has six rooms, but boy, is their kitchen up to par. Nevermind that breakfast wasn't included in the rate—that may have been the best meal we ate all year.

#3. Anyone up for a little sushi with their fried chicken? No? Well that's ok, as you're welcome to skip the tuna and go straight for the poultry at Blue Ribbon, which opened over at Thompson LES back in April. Luckily, the restaurant serves until 2am nightly, so if it's a late-night hankering you're dealing with (Azealia, we're lookin' at you), they've got you covered.

#2. As it happens, InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta made CNN's list of "7 of America's Hottest Hotel Restaurants." The restaurant? Southern Art (headed up by Art Smith, Oprah's former personal chef). The "must-try dish"? Buttermilk fried chicken with Yukon gold potato puree, garlic green beans, and red pepper gravy ($22). If Oprah likes it, it can't be bad.

#1. Last but not least is yet another Chicago hotel, this time Hotel Palomar, which may strike you as an odd choice. Until you learn (as we did last night) that founder Bill Kimpton (who passed away in 2001) was part of the Kentucky Fried Chicken team when the company went public in 1964. Strange but true!

As a result, we'd recommend heading to Kimpton's Sable Kitchen & Bar, which we featured as one of the Top 5 Chicago Hotels for Foodies earlier this year, and which serves soul-satisfying fare like buttermilk fried chicken & waffles with bourbon maple syrup ($16). Drool. We don't know about you, but this post is making us hungry. Time for an early lunch!

[Photos: Paper Magazine; HotelChatter]

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