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Wayside Takeout & Catering

2203 Jefferson Park Ave., Charlottesville, VA - (434) 977-5000
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/1/2014 4:37:00 AM
If only for its credo – “This Chicken ‘Clucks’ For You” – I would like Wayside Takeout and Catering, which bills itself as the home of Ole Va Fried Chicken. The 40+ year old chicken shack fries up pieces of bird that are plump and plush, all about chicken flavor with a finely peppered crust. The seasonings are so refined that I didn’t fully appreciate their goodness until I was down to the bone and found myself hunting for any little patch of crisp skin that fell as I ate. I didn’t want to leave one scrap of this delicious chicken behind!

All meals are served in Styrofoam dishware and although there are a handful of tables inside, most business is take-out. After enjoying an insanely moist thigh and full-flavored breast on premises, I walked out with a dozen drumsticks, which maintained good crunch as room-temp snacks throughout the day.

Baked chicken also is available. Perhaps some day, in another life, it should be sampled.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Collard Greens
Drumsticks (8 piece)
Macaroni 'n' Cheese
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Thigh-oh-my! Of all the delicious fried chicken thighs in Charlottesville (and there are many), Wayside's ranks at or near the top: crunchy, juicy, bursting with flavor and haloed by spice.
"Thigh-oh-my! Of all the delicious fried chicken thighs in Charlottesville (and there are many), Wayside's ranks at or near the top: crunchy, juicy, bursting with flavor and haloed by spice."
Michael Stern





Low prices, casual setting, and delicious better-than-home food make Wayside a favorite haunt of students from nearby University of Virginia.
"Low prices, casual setting, and delicious better-than-home food make Wayside a favorite haunt of students from nearby University of Virginia."
Michael Stern


What, exactly, does it mean to say a chicken ''clucks' for you'?
"What, exactly, does it mean to say a chicken ''clucks' for you'?"
Michael Stern


Drumsticks are oozingly delicious when warm, but also proved to be a terrific room-temperature snack throughout the day.
"Drumsticks are oozingly delicious when warm, but also proved to be a terrific room-temperature snack throughout the day."
Michael Stern


It was a cold February day, so the picnic tables were unoccupied, but I did notice several people eating fried chicken in their cars in the parking lot.
"It was a cold February day, so the picnic tables were unoccupied, but I did notice several people eating fried chicken in their cars in the parking lot."
Michael Stern


Collard greens are tender and quite bland unless spiked with plenty of hot sauce.
"Collard greens are tender and quite bland unless spiked with plenty of hot sauce."
Michael Stern


All fried chicken restaurants in this region offer mac 'n' cheese as a side dish. Wayside's version is good, but not good enough to distract appetite away from the exquisite chicken.
"All fried chicken restaurants in this region offer mac 'n' cheese as a side dish. Wayside's version is good, but not good enough to distract appetite away from the exquisite chicken."
Michael Stern



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