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Fried chicken is a way of life in the South – it’s a matter of pride for both professional chefs and at-home cooks. The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is honored to have its fried chicken ranked among the best in the South in a new list by Garden & Gun magazine.

Garden & Gun polled chefs, travel writers and its own magazine contributors to find out who made the best fried chicken for their article, “Fried Chicken Bucket List: A state-by-state guide to the best birds in the South.” The Hotel at Auburn University’s chicken was one of eight Alabama restaurants named.

Nominated by Rob McDaniel, executive chef at Lake Martin’s Springhouse restaurant, the hotel’s fried chicken is a hidden jewel, both on the catering menu and at the hotel’s restaurant, AT Ariccia Trattoria.

“It’s not listed as a regular menu item, but folks that are in the loop can order Mrs. Annie Cook’s fried chicken,” McDaniel said. “Mrs. Annie has been working for the hotel for 14 years, and in that time, she has gotten the fried chicken on lock. Just ask for it and you’ll see.” Read more about the hotel's fried chicken online.