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Imitation chicken: states


Those who have been visiting this site for a while know that one of my favorite things is almost-copyright-infringement. With that in mind:


Ilford, England


Colindale, England


Newark, NJ


Poole, England. Photo by Nigel Humphries.

Bethlehem, PA. Photo by Jason Stonehouse.

The Bronx

Utica Avenue, Brooklyn

Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn

University Heights, The Bronx

Coney Island

Trenton, NJ

Newark, NJ

Thanks also to Stephen Payne, Julia Lunetta and Grayson Shepard. I've been working on this project for over a year; come back tomorrow for a different kind of imitation chicken.

12:27 AM | Comments (103) | TrackBack (7)


Utah. Who knew? Nice work.

Posted by: Matt at December 21, 2004 12:49 AM

Yay! I'd forgotten about those pictures. I'm glad they came out usable for you, given the poor quality of my camera.

Posted by: LeDiva at December 21, 2004 01:12 AM

lol thats great. Who would've known there is so much imitation chicken.

Posted by: Chad at December 21, 2004 01:14 AM

I don't think I've ever seen that Kansas Chicken at Coney Island open for business... there used to be an identical one outside the Nevins Street 2/3/4/5 station, but I think it became a Popeye's.

Posted by: Jesse at December 21, 2004 01:47 AM

i have *never* *EVER* heard my fiance laugh, let alone cackle for an extended period of time the way he did when he was scrolling through the chicken entry. awesome. he also says "where's the SOUTH DAKOTA chicken, bitch?!"

Posted by: fiance of brian at December 21, 2004 03:00 AM

Mike, WELL DONE. I really liked this idea. I'm glad you went with it.

Andrew Piccone

Posted by: Andrew at December 21, 2004 03:41 AM

PS-Where in Bethlehem is the Maryland Fried Chicken???

Andrew Piccone

Posted by: Andrew at December 21, 2004 03:50 AM

New Jersey Fried Chicken?? What were they thinking??

Posted by: Joseph Holmes at December 21, 2004 07:53 AM

You left out Kantacky! It's OK though, you've posted it before.

Posted by: Rich at December 21, 2004 09:44 AM

excellent. well done. I tried pulling up a article on kansas fried chicken from the NY Times back in August, but they make you pay if you want to read anything beyond the first sentence. If you have lexis-nexis or something to that effect, I recommend it.

Posted by: erikka at December 21, 2004 10:02 AM

Louisiana does have some excellent fried chicken (much better than KFC), so they're allowed. New Jersey? I don't think so.

If you really want to investigate 'almost-copywright-infringement', a study of New York Ray's (Original, famous, etc.) Pizza would be in order. Try and sort that one out.

Posted by: elliott at December 21, 2004 10:15 AM

Kingston, New York has a Kennedy's Fridy Chicken and the same colors and fonts as KFC!

Posted by: Henz at December 21, 2004 10:21 AM

Kansas Fried Chicken was always a local favorite of mine in the Bronx, those are everywhere.
Arkansas is ok too, but I will say I've had some chicken in Louisiana and man!!! thats some tender chicken.

Now if you TRULY want copyright infringement. Anyone ever hear of Gray's Papaya? Well, NY locals know that there are multiple locations and where the original is, but does anyone know that if you go to the Bronx you can find "Ray's Papaya" advertising nearly the same special as Grays and pratically the same store layouts. Hence why its one of my favorites.

Posted by: Nitty at December 21, 2004 10:30 AM

Speaking of the Bronx, there used to be a bar near Fordham Road called "Caesar's Place." Heh heh heh.

Posted by: laura at December 21, 2004 10:36 AM

I love how the Nathan's neon sign reflects in the Kansas Fried Chicken storefront windows. Excellent. (I'd choose Coney Island's Nathans over the chicken any day.) All the other franchised Nathans suck.

Posted by: Robin at December 21, 2004 11:25 AM

The chickens all look so happy. And Philly made it in! Yay.

The word "Fried" loses it's meaning after seeing it so much. I think I started reading it as "Freud" by the 4th picture. This probably indicates something very bad about me.

Posted by: PurpleCar at December 21, 2004 11:53 AM

You know Kingston? Woah. Anyway, if you need a pic I'll be there later in the week.

Posted by: Jenn at December 21, 2004 11:53 AM

Hilarious and lovely work!

Posted by: Steve at December 21, 2004 01:58 PM

Haha this is awesome. Definitely made me laugh :o)

Posted by: Angela at December 21, 2004 02:46 PM

Hi Mike,
Great theme! OK, here's a challenge for you. Find Trenton Fried Chicken in Georgia and Newark Fried Chicken in Kansas.

Posted by: Arline at December 21, 2004 05:43 PM

I agree with Robin... not only is that Nathan's the only good one around, but it's definitely the pick in Coney Island. Maybe that's why that Kansas Chicken never seems to be open. It's kind of like in Philly, where Pat's and Geno's Steaks are right across the street from each other -- and a place called Sam's Clams tried to survive for several years in the middle of it all... the place was almost never open, and while it was OK, it just didn't work out -- they went out of business.

Posted by: Jesse at December 21, 2004 06:07 PM


Im gonna go eat a taco...

Posted by: Chris at December 21, 2004 08:26 PM

Something about the "We do catering" sign at Louisiana Fried Chicken that rubs me the wrong way.

Posted by: sayvanderlay! at December 21, 2004 11:01 PM

Bestest post ever. Brilliant site, just made all the more better by extensive feature on the unbelievable world of the fried chicken outlet. On my next trip to the States, I'm heading straight to Utah Fried Chicken...(and will be on the lookout for similar establishments here in Australia).

Posted by: skippythebushkangaroo at December 22, 2004 12:57 AM

kentucky kennedy lincoln? wow, what a collection. can't wait til they make it to phoenix arizona

Posted by: r gale at December 24, 2004 12:57 AM

in florida, we have sooooooo many KFC's: Kentucky Fried Chicken.

You should check it out!

Posted by: josielina at December 26, 2004 01:16 PM

Are you retarded, josielina?

In Kentucky, we hate KFC. It tastes horrible, I have no idea how it became so widely popular.

I encourage the attempts to take business away.

Posted by: Jessica at December 27, 2004 02:34 PM

Ha!They have Mississippi [where I'm from] fried chicken!...And in London of all places,odd..

Posted by: Michelle at December 28, 2004 05:09 AM

This guy has a bunch more like this from the UK

Posted by: lunesmartesmiercoles at December 30, 2004 09:49 AM

Why know Kentucky?

Do you think they were first?

Posted by: The Minstral at December 31, 2004 07:12 AM

I love the Ancient Egyptian architectural style (look up Karnak and Luxor Temples in Google Image Search) in the Mississippi Fried Chicken place in London. Sort of an ideal combination...

Posted by: Ribozyme at January 1, 2005 04:18 PM

Come to think of it there's not that many KFC's actually in Kentucky.

Posted by: tr at January 2, 2005 10:59 AM

When I was in Accra Ghana, One of my favorite restaurants served KENTURKY FRIED CHICKEN.

Posted by: Dennis at January 3, 2005 11:19 AM

You could easily put this many together just in my Bronx hood (Florida Fried Chicken pic is two blocks from here); not necessarily states, but we do have Kennedy Fried Chicken...

Posted by: bronxbayo at January 3, 2005 11:45 AM

I highly doubt KFC has been able to trademark the pattern "{StateName} Fried Chicken". There's no issue here.


Posted by: Tosan Jones at January 3, 2005 05:00 PM

Let's not forget about New York's perennial favorite... Kennedy Fried Chicken.

Posted by: INeedAttention.com at January 3, 2005 05:15 PM

I've always wondered about the Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant here in Virginia, which makes almost sense as the Mrs. Sanders' place where I once ate in KY.

Posted by: Steve at January 3, 2005 06:37 PM

Fascinating stuff. Where's that expose of Ray's Famous Original No Really This is The First One Ever Built Pizza? How about for us here in Los Angeles, an expose of all the rip-off versions of Tommy's Burgers? There's Tommies, Timmy's, Tammy's and Tomy's, that I know of.

Posted by: Scott at January 4, 2005 10:57 PM

i randomly found this site when looking for a place to do laundry. anyway... copyrights afford protection for creative expression like songs, movies, etc. what you're into would actually be trademark infringement or trademark dilution. trademarks are designed to protect the consumer as opposed to the producer- it prevents consumer confusion and is meant to make buying faster, safer, and more efficient. someone sees a trademark- name, design, logo- they make the connotation to a certain product and level of quality.

i thought that maybe you'd like to know. or maybe not. w/e. i like the pics- composition as well as your sense of irony.

Posted by: earl at January 7, 2005 02:59 PM

in Rheine/Westf. Northrine-Westfalia Ger.
we have a "Max and Moritz Grillhaehnchen"


Posted by: olsen at January 7, 2005 04:28 PM

I work at Kentucky Fried Chicken. And I can say for a fact that no matter what the imitations are nothing is better than the original!

Posted by: Katie at January 10, 2005 12:42 PM


If we did this based on the number of chickens within a given state then Arkansas Fried Chicken would win hands down. Arkansas, home of Tyson, and Bill Clinton, has a chicken on every corner.

Based on taste, having eaten at several of these places do yourself a favor and try the Maryland Fried Chicken, if they still use the original franchise chicken, fried in peanut oil, it will be the sweetest piece you've ever had. I don't know how many chickens Maryland raises but when it comes to cooking, they have it down!

Posted by: Robert at January 17, 2005 01:10 PM


Posted by: rabbitjoker at January 18, 2005 12:34 AM


Posted by: Nick Buckman at February 3, 2005 01:47 PM

Maryland Fried Chicken is for real. You prepare the chicken exactly like KFC including the secret spices but at the last instant instead of dropping it into the deep fryer you put it in a pan and bake it. Elbow licking good!

Posted by: scribe at February 22, 2005 02:42 PM

Although there is a Maryland Fried Chicken in Bethlehem, PA (It's on Stefko north of the farmer's market) the one pictured is in Easton, PA.

Posted by: Bill at March 16, 2005 12:55 PM

This is so fortuitous...I just today posted a photo of the Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant I took in Orlando.

Posted by: tbtine at March 17, 2005 06:13 PM

The "Big Chicken" in Marietta Georgia was purchased by KFC in 1974. When they went to tear down the landmark and put up their familiar store and logo, there was a public outcry. The landmark still stands today. Power to the Chicken !!!

Posted by: Mike at April 12, 2005 04:27 PM

i own the new jersey in colindale and i have on in hendon and another one in wilsden green all in london

Posted by: ven poolo at April 28, 2005 04:29 PM

There was a Maryland Fried Chicken franchise in Johnston Rhode Island but it went out in the late 70's. I wept, and hoped that one day I might find another of this most noble of chicken places. A few years ago while on business, I found one in the inner harbor market place in Baltimore. It was almost a religious experience ! Anyone know if it's still there ?

Posted by: Cluckcluck at May 10, 2005 11:26 AM

If any of you guys interested in franchising New Jersey Chicken please contact me on +442082036747 or email me on venthvp@aol.com.

Posted by: ven poolo at May 16, 2005 01:55 PM

I own a Maryland Fried Chicken in Michigan...
ouch..lol It was a franchise and we still do the chicken the same as in the 70s. Pretty good I must say.

Posted by: cris at May 24, 2005 06:06 PM

Are Kentucky's chickens cloned?

Posted by: Val at June 2, 2005 10:39 AM

You know thats not really Chicken,
it's Really Cats Meat...... Thats why it taste sooo good! :)

Posted by: Surfer99 at June 29, 2005 12:14 PM


Posted by: WDS at July 13, 2005 01:48 PM

funny stuff. my girlfriend used to work at a egyptian pizza place called al pacino's....

Posted by: Tony Renner at July 31, 2005 10:48 PM

al pacino's was in baltimore, maryland... the owners were egyptians....

Posted by: Tony Renner at July 31, 2005 10:50 PM

At texas fried chicken do they use a chair or one of those wired up little hats? Which would be funnier?

:) (dont hate me)

Posted by: Karen at August 22, 2005 08:02 PM

Hey these chicken are really tasting.If you Never tried then Better rush in when you are near it

Posted by: Ashwin at September 1, 2005 04:01 AM

I once was on a trip in France and our bus got stuck in front of a Lousiana Chicken Shack. Wish i had the picture.

Posted by: Althos at September 6, 2005 03:08 AM

where did fried chicken really originate from

Posted by: Mohamoud Hussein at September 21, 2005 04:33 PM

i gives a care about chicken ask someone nobody comes here who would

Posted by: riidwan knows it all at September 21, 2005 04:37 PM

Im a chicken bakaaaar

Posted by: Ben at September 23, 2005 05:57 AM

Those are third rate copies. For a chicken joint that infringes so heavily, I dont know how the owner doesnt get sued, you need to look a little further afield.

In a little town called Sedgley, England, there is a place called "Kent's Tuck-in Fried Chicken"

Beat that :)

Posted by: Sarkster at September 30, 2005 07:01 AM

Louisiana does have some excellent fried chicken (much better than KFC), so they're allowed. New Jersey? I don't think so

What's that supposed to mean, you little punk?

Posted by: Mirson at October 29, 2005 12:59 PM

Given all that info, the only imitation is the KFC.

Posted by: yct at November 11, 2005 05:33 PM

ARIZONA CHICKEN in Philidelphia?

Yeah, if there's one thing we in the Southwest are known for its our....fried chicken...?

Posted by: Eeeeritch at November 29, 2005 01:37 PM

There are tons of Kfcs in Kentucky and many more in the process of being built, but our major competitor here is Lee's famous Recipe. (And for the record, I checked out Lees and went back to KFC.. can we say YUCK?!) Lees definitely has nothing on KFC. As for flavor and taste theres no such thing as a spicy chicken but theres always Indi's chicken. But what really urks my nerves is when people come to KFC and say "id like that famous" famous?! youve got to be kidding!! it original dummy and before i moved i never heard of Lees so ya aint that famous now are ya?? Theyre the ones tryna be like us!
lol thanks for letting rant!

Posted by: Amber at December 1, 2005 07:13 PM

Hey mat guess what I'm from Utah too!!
But anyways the pictues are very intersting, This guy or girl, is totally living my dream of traveling around the world just taking pictures but theres still time!

Posted by: Indira at December 14, 2005 09:13 PM

I used to live in Newark and these chicken shacks are all over the place. They are really good to go to after the Club or if you work late. Only place you can get an Italian Cheese Steak...Bangin'. I only have two questions, what type of friers they use to cook their chicken and what type of flour do they use to coat the chicken. All of the chicken shack joints chicken taste the same...very good. I hope I can get those secrets. Thanks

Posted by: Eric Levan at January 2, 2006 09:41 PM

There used to be a Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant in Marietta, Georgia. It was on Cherokee Street within site of Kennestone Hospital, lodged into a fork in the road. I believe it turned into a shoe store after the restaurant closed (which was by at least 1978, and perhaps earlier). I just drove by it a few minutes ago and now the land is for sale; I suspect the old building will be demolished :(. I remember that the sign had two yellow chickens on it, one big and one little, and maybe an egg. The background of the sign was red.

I don't know why I remember all this stuff from when I was a little kid. We never ate at this restaurant.

Posted by: Ludwig at January 5, 2006 10:33 PM

I think there's a Maryland Fried Chicken in Imlay City, Michigan if anyone's interested. Nice work.

Posted by: Bobby at January 15, 2006 12:20 AM

I don't get it. Where is the almost copyright infringement? The closest thing I can find it infringing on is "Kentucky Fried Chicken", which is no closer than "Joe's Auto Repair" infringing on "Tom's Auto Repair", or "Clean View Window Washing" infringing on "Prettiness Window Washing".

Posted by: TC3 at March 6, 2006 07:03 PM

Don't you dare change a thing, unless it's to just add more photos! ESPECIALLY don't change your reference to "almost copyright infringement" -- this is the second semester I hope to show your site to my Intro to Business Law class -- we LOVE the site, and it helps us remember the copyright vs. trademark distinction -- the other postings are correct that you actually are showing trademark infringements or dilutions, but mistakes are more memorable as learning experiences, no? These photos are even funnier on a 10x6 foot projection screen.

So change your site, and I will hunt you down and force-feed you some Manitoba fried grits, got that? LOVE your site, man. You are a genius. I chortled for a good 30 minutes when I found this. PLEASE keep up the good work!!! Oh... and I have a bogus KFC photo from Lahore, Pakistan for you! E-mail me if you want it.

Posted by: Adam at March 6, 2006 09:45 PM


Posted by: rODRIGUEZ at April 4, 2006 03:55 PM

The maryland on your fried chicken is actually in Easton, PA. I pass by it every day though there is a Maryland Fried Chicken in Bethlehem, but the building is yellow

Posted by: sonia at April 12, 2006 06:33 PM

i finally tried maryland fried chicken here in florida and it was the worst dinner i have ever had.now im trying to find out how to get a hold of the corporation but am having no luck.have any suggestions???

Posted by: sue a davidson at July 22, 2006 06:42 PM

Utah Fried Chicken? Go figure. Though we do have a real chicken legacy. The very first KFC was built here in Salt Lake City. Until Pepsi Co. bought the company in Utah it was called Harmons KFC because the Harmon family put up the money to get it started.

Posted by: Michael House at August 30, 2006 01:53 AM

chicken is wonderful, esp Kentucky Fried Chicken as made by the venerable Colonel Harlan Sanders

Posted by: rich at September 23, 2006 09:11 PM

that kansas chicken on coneyisland is where i used to live.i love that place block away from ocean and keyspan park and all of the cool rides. can't wait to go back to coney island-_-


Posted by: malik at November 1, 2006 06:16 PM

that kansas chicken on coneyisland is where i used to live.i love that place block away from ocean and keyspan park and all of the cool rides. can't wait to go back to coney island-_-


Posted by: malik at November 1, 2006 06:18 PM

what the hell do people in utah know about good italian food? and this is a clear cut case of blatant racism: there is no new mexico fried chicken! seriously, what is it going to take for people to acknowledge new mexico as a state?! people don't ask if you have your passport ready for going to kansas!
other than that, great signs!

Posted by: joe at November 6, 2006 05:54 PM

New Jersey fried chicken is about the funniest thing I've seen in a while!

Posted by: d mack at February 1, 2007 10:44 PM

New Jersey Chicken,right next to Archies Srilankan Food!And to think I got here while doing Google search for "presidents".LMAO!

Posted by: Chelveston the Duck at February 19, 2007 11:43 AM

isn't it incredible how there seem to be so many dumb comments out there. so many people post on these sites and they're talking about shit nobody else is talking about. makes me wonder how dumb i really am.

Posted by: himynameis at March 6, 2007 01:21 AM

I dont get this at all. Are there not allowed to be other fried chicken joints other than KFC. Are they not allowed to use red in their decor, do you really only want one franchise of chicken in the whole country I'm sure KFC would like that. I'm sure they'd also be interested in copyrighting chicken so that we can only legally eat their chicken.

Posted by: James Slade at March 14, 2007 09:04 PM

In the 1960's we would get a barrel of Maryland Fried Chicken at the original store on Colonial Dr. in Orlando...years later and I have ran KFC and Bojangles restaurants and have a good idea about how chicken is prepared...Broaster chicken (how the Colonel got started) is still my favorite and many of the faux restaurants which you see are actually Broaster "franchises". They don't have to use the name; just the products and equipment. Go to the Broaster webpage and type in your xip code to see if any of your favorite restaurants are really Broaster...Well...last weekend my buddy and I went to Orlando and I was dying for Maryland Fried Chicken. I placed my order...was so excited to taste it again after 39 years...it's freaking BROASTER CHICKEN! I felt stupid...though I distinctly remember it being breaded more like KFC and twice as spicy (21 as opposed to 11 herbs). Any MFC fans notice a difference in the chicken from store-to-store? Anyway, my buddy fell asleep in mid-bite while eating a chicken titty. Here is the YouTube link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6WQfzl7PIk

Posted by: conchchowder at November 3, 2007 12:00 AM

for all who care KFC in Utah just junked thousands of pounds of paper coupon books because they didnt like the way they looked......I think the news mrdia would love this the books are sitting at advo going in the trash what a waste

Posted by: Bzo at November 9, 2007 11:53 AM

does anyone have contacts with the news media they should see this its huge

Posted by: bzo at November 9, 2007 11:55 AM

If anyone is scheduling a Maryland Fried Chicken road trip, be sure to add my store in Thomasville, GA to the list!

Posted by: Jeremiah Horne at March 6, 2008 11:31 PM

Isn't it cruel to torture the chickens just to earn money?KFC is doin' a cruel act to do such a thing

Posted by: Conrad Pinto at April 24, 2008 04:57 AM

Actually Maryland Fried Chicken has been around longer than KFC. KFC started up in the '60s. Maryland? The early '30s.

None of the chain joints have been even remotely as good as the long gone (and with good reason) Coon Chicken Inn.

Posted by: Drive-In-Freak at April 27, 2008 02:21 AM

Congrats, you may have inadvertently helped pin down the location of the tail end of a robbery that I was the victim of, by getting me interested in nutty fried-chicken restaurant names. I had passed by a "U.S. Fried Chicken" in Elizabeth, NJ near downtown, and the name clicked with me because I thought, "oh, it's one of those silly fried-chicken restaurant names."

Posted by: I wuz robbed at May 15, 2008 05:04 PM

Congrats, you may have inadvertently helped pin down the location of the tail end of a robbery that I was the victim of, by getting me interested in nutty fried-chicken restaurant names. I had passed by a "U.S. Fried Chicken" in Elizabeth, NJ near downtown, and the name clicked with me because I thought, "oh, it's one of those silly fried-chicken restaurant names."

Posted by: I wuz robbed at May 15, 2008 05:05 PM

the Kansas Chicken in newark is now out of business. however a Bojangles opened on Broad St.

Posted by: joe a at June 10, 2008 05:17 PM



Posted by: Eboni at November 25, 2008 02:25 PM

(in the jean jacket and white shirt..next 2 the older lady and man)


Posted by: Eboni at November 25, 2008 02:27 PM

maybe you should do your homework before you write something though mr sanders is not a native to the state Utah is the home of the worlds first KFC making Utah fried chicken the best choice out there for imitators

Posted by: Stu at February 11, 2009 06:18 PM

In Manchester, UK, there is an ALASKA Fried hHicken!

Posted by: Siobhan at March 2, 2009 05:10 AM

My Favourite one has to be New York chicken in North London where tehy have been playing New York Jay z song every day.

Posted by: dav at November 3, 2009 01:37 PM

i like american fried chicken in patterson

Posted by: hammer at December 4, 2009 10:33 AM

that maryland fried pictured is actually in easton, pa. there is one in bethlehem on stefko blvd, but it's not the one pictured

Posted by: dogma at January 13, 2011 04:35 PM

Colindale and Ilford are parts of London, but that Tennessee Fried Chicken is in High Wycombe, which is NOT part of London.

The Mississippi Fried Chicken you have a picture of is in Canonbury which is part of London. There's also a Mississippi Fried Chicken and Ribs around the corner in Highgate.

Posted by: Si at March 8, 2013 07:21 AM

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