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The best fried chicken (and we’ll suffer no argument) is found at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, but if the 4,600-kilometre trip to the Seventh Ward in New Orleans seems extreme (wimps!), consider a trip to LA Chicken in Richmond. Poker-faced staff make the juicy pieces to order, and a four-piece original or spicy chicken dinner comes with fries, salad (one of the three amigos: potato, coleslaw, macaroni), and gravy, all under $12. You’ll want to eat it right away, though the charms of industrial East Richmond are few (save for that ginormous new Ikea). En plein air be damned: this is parking-lot fodder and that suits us fine.

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