Are you craving fried chicken? Indianapolis is home to several restaurants that serve the popular dish. Whether you're looking for a family-style eatery, a place to grab a quick bite during your lunch break, or a lively spot to have dinner with friends, you're sure to find it in the area.

Maxine's Chicken and Waffles

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Maxine's Chicken and Waffles is a family-operated soul food restaurant. It serves a variety of fried chicken meals, including a chicken tender basket that comes with four tenders and French fries. Maxine's Chicken and Waffle Meal is a heartier dish featuring two chicken tenders served on the eatery's signature waffles with two sides. Another filling option is the smothered chicken, which comprises a boneless fried chicken breast smothered in gravy and served on mashed potatoes.

If you visit for breakfast, choose from items such as a fried chicken and waffle sandwich or a fried green BLT. If you'd prefer a more traditional meal, try the bacon, egg, and cheese croissant or the Bunnel Breakfast, which features a Belgian waffle, bacon, two scrambled eggs, potatoes, and grits. Maxine's is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's located at 222 East Market St.

Hollyhock Hill

Visit Hollyhock Hill, a family-friendly eatery serving classic Indiana fried chicken. Founded in 1928, the restaurant prides itself on using the traditional techniques of homestyle cooking to create a range of meals. Try the Indiana Fried Chicken Dinner, which features chicken that is American Humane Certified and raised with no hormones added. The chicken is dusted with organic flour, pan-fried to a golden brown, and served with whipped potatoes, cream gravy, sweet corn, and green beans. For dessert, choose between a slice of apple pie or chocolate layer cake.

Meals at Hollyhock Hill are served family-style, meaning all entrees and sides arrive at your table on large plates meant for sharing. The eatery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m. It's located at 8110 North College Ave.

Iron Skillet

Enjoy family-style dining at the Iron Skillet, an eatery located a few blocks from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. All meals begin with a salad and a glass of chilled juice. Entrees, including the Iron Skillet's signature skillet fried chicken, come with hot vegetables, creamy chicken gravy, and homemade biscuits. For dessert, guests are welcome to choose either ice cream or sherbet and help themselves to a variety of ice cream toppings. A wine list, cocktail menu, and beer selection are available as well.

The Iron Skillet is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7:30 p.m. It's located at 2489 West 30th St. To make a reservation, call 317-923-6353.

The Eagle

Stop in at The Eagle, a food and beer hall featuring free-range fried chicken that is brined in-house. Choose from a whole, half, or quarter chicken, and enjoy the signature dipping sauce that comes with it. For your side, options include items such as seasoned french fries, creamy coleslaw, and white cheddar grits. If you'd prefer a sandwich, try the fried chicken sandwich, which is served on a bun and topped with coleslaw, spicy mayonnaise, and house pickles. 

In addition, The Eagle has an extensive cocktail menu that includes bloody marys, bourbon punch, and mule cocktails. Sparkling wine is available as well. The Eagle is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. It's located at 310 Massachusetts Ave.

His Place Eatery

His Place Eatery is a soul food and barbecue restaurant that prepares its meal with a gourmet twist. Try the Southern fried chicken, which is seasoned and fried to a golden crisp. The Chicken and Waffles Plate, the restaurant's signature dish, includes four crispy chicken wings served atop a Belgian waffle. The fried chicken po'boy features fried chicken topped with coleslaw and house-made remoulade sauce and served with one side. Several side dishes are available, including items such as baked beans, candied yams, and tossed salad. For dessert, enjoy sweet potato cheesecake or banana pudding.

His Place is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It's located at 6916 East 30th St.

Chicken Lover

Chicken Lover is an American grill and restaurant that serves freshly prepared, made-from-scratch meals. Try the fried leg and thigh meal, which comes with three pieces of chicken. Another option is the fried chicken tender plate, which comprises five chicken tenders. Every meal comes with two sides, and you can choose from items such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and sauteed cabbage.

Chicken Lover is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and is located at 3490 South Keystone Ave., Unit 11.

Shani's Secret

Shani's Secret serves halal hand-breaded fried chicken. Choose to have your chicken prepared tandoori style or spicy. The tandoori chicken is marinated, dipped in a buttermilk batter, and served crispy. The spicy chicken is covered in a sweet-heat secret sauce after frying. Ask for your chicken extra crispy if you prefer additional crunch. Several meal options are available, including a leg and thigh meal, chicken sandwich, boneless tenders, chicken breasts, and chicken wings.

Add masala fries, naan buns, or malai bombs — deep-fried mozzarella cheese balls — to your meal for an additional fee. Shani's Secret is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. It's located at 4930 Lafayette Road, Suite G. 

We here at Tom Wood Nissan hope you found this list of places that serve fried chicken in Indianapolis helpful. If we missed one of your favorite eateries, please let us know so we can add it to the list. We would love to hear from you!