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Cassie Fait

AfterTASTE: Miller's Chicken remains a classic Athens eatery

Miller’s Chicken might be an old favorite for Athens natives, but it’s a newfound favorite for me. I wish I discovered this restaurant earlier in my college career. But, as my last semester draws closer to an end, I am at loss as to where I am going to fulfill my fried chicken craving.

Miller’s Chicken is the ultimate comfort food joint. When my stress level threatens to boil over, I crave this delicious place. There are no instances that come to mind where I actually enjoyed fried chicken before I tried Miller’s. However, their cooks changed my opinion wholeheartedly.

Each piece of fried chicken glory is deep fried to absolute perfection. The golden breading ratio to the meat balances for a taste explosion. Let’s just say, there was very little left on my plate by the end of the meal.

The fried chicken is their specialty, and customers keep going back for that exact reason. Miller’s Chicken receives rave reviews on Yelp, Tripadvisor and other sites for the consistent quality of their food.

The place isn’t limited to just fried chicken. The jalapeno poppers come straight out of the fryer and onto the plate. Food is served quickly and piping hot to each customer. While the food might not be highly nutritious, the grub is certainly worth every bite.

Fried chicken seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth for many restaurants — that is, until it becomes “trendy” again. Besides being paired with chicken and waffles, the deep fried quality usually isn’t there. Instead, the chef prepares the chicken in a breaded and baked manner.

Part of the the draw to the restaurant is the management behind the scenes. The restaurant has been owned by the same family for generations. Today, three generations still work in the kitchen.

The down-home style attracts customers to Miller’s Chicken, which has been a staple in Athens for decades. Despite the ever changing nearby college population, Miller’s Chicken still grabs the attention of students. I imagine it will continue to do so for many more decades to come.

Cassie Fait is a senior studying journalism and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Email her at

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