Champy's World Famous Fried Chicken - Chattanooga, TN

I've been watching Champy's for a while. You see, the last few restaurants that have been in its loation on MLK have folded. Champy's, amazingly, has survived. So I've wondered, what's their secret?

My friends have raved about the bands and patio scene there. My neighbors have told me that the chicken is the bomb and that I will love their tamales. Even better, Champy's serves 40's. They even sell 40oz. coozies. I didn't even know coozies for 40's were an option.

So this past Sunday we went. The vibe, even in side on a cold spring day, is cool and eclectic. Our waiter had been there since it opened and told us that yes, we needed to come back when the patio was open and there were bands. And then came the gluten-free issue. I know. You are wondering what a g-f girl is doing in chicken-land. Well.... I'm not so sensitive that if the same oil is used for with and without that I will be sick. Champy's can do naked wings and naked chicken because everything is made from scratch.

The menu is pretty much limited to chicken, so I was surprised to discover their tamales are beef. On the weekends they also have crawfish in season. Unfortunately they were out when we arrived on Sunday... if you are a fan of mudbugs you better get there on Friday or Saturday! My chicken came out super hot, straight out of the fryer, and was moist and tender. Yumm. The coleslaw and potato salad get B's as sides, but the baked beans were mighty good. And beyond 40's, I sure did enjoy my Sweetwater 420 draft.

So the secret... good vibe, good food, and just a great neighborhood hang out to lean back and relax. We will be heading back to Champy's when the weather gets a little warmer for sure. You can find them downtown Chatt near the raised tracks on MLK. Here's their menu. They don't have a website up yet, but they do have a Facebook Fan page, so check them out and become a fan.

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