From Our Editors
Back in 1938, it was Hattie’s Chicken Shack, the pride and joy of Louisiana-born Hattie Gray. In those days, when ‘speakeasies and smoky jazz clubs’ were the norm, Hattie’s was open 24 hours at its bustling Federal Street location. After 30 years, the restaurant moved to Phila Street, where it continued to thrive, and Hattie’s stature in the community of Saratoga Springs quickly elevated to legendary.
Today, Hattie’s still embodies many of the same qualities that always made it a success—it was a place where everyone always felt welcome—and some of the recipes remain unchanged, including her famous fried chicken. Featured in the likes of The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and The Wall Street Journal, the Southern-style cuisine at Hattie’s has earned praise from near and far, lauded as a place that “epitomizes Southern charm” with its “authentic, lazy, slow Southern feeling” that even Northerners can’t get enough of.