Champy's Famous Fried Chicken
Born in the Deep South of the Mississippi Delta is a delicious family recipe that has made its way to the Shoals at Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken. Locally referred to as simply Champy’s, this Southern restaurant is just plain fun starting with the building which is designed to resemble a down home, swamp shack complete with checkered picnic table cloths, a tin-roof, and plenty of décor that pays tribute to the gritty, soulful blues history of Muscle Shoals. When you visit this entertaining eatery you can expect your fair share of: blues, brews, and bird.
Champy’s is the type of restaurant that is completely focused on the customer—it’s essential that each person who walks in their door eats the best, freshest batch of homemade fried chicken the way they like it, enjoys a cool beverage, and of course some good music. It’s a refreshing place to go and unwind after a long day at work or to have fun with friends and family. The experience begins as soon as you pull into the parking lot. The building, built with rustic wood, is lined with license plates from Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi and colorful string lights draped over the outdoor patio, an ideal spot to relax outside and listen to music after the sun goes down. Or you can sit under the covered patio, complete with large, flat-screen TVs, a stage, colorful murals, and pictures of blues music legends.
Walking into the restaurant the string lights continue to brighten the room and bar, while a classic jukebox sits in the corner, ready to play your favorite country crooners or local blues icons. It’s a place where you can make memories with the family or watch some Alabama football with your buddies while eating the best chicken around. The chicken is lightly breaded, crispy, and juicy and is served in family baskets, individual meals, appetizers, and salads. Besides their mouth-watering chicken they also offer delicious appetizers like homemade hot tamales, fried green tomatoes, and award winning hot wings. For dessert try their Mississippi Mud Pie or Key Lime Pie, and wash it all down with one of their drinks named after some of the more famous members of the blues community such as W.C. Handy, B.B. King, and Bessie Smith.
Every Friday and Saturday night the music comes to life on the outdoor, covered patio lined with multi-colored string lights and lazy, spinning fans that keep patrons cool during the hot summer months. There’s nothing quite like eating yummy food while listening to the best in local music with good friends and Champy’s is the ideal place in the middle of the Shoals to make that happen. So go ahead and stop by on July 3rd at 8pm to hear The Late Blumers to kick off your July 4th weekend and start celebrating. The Quad Cities has it all with a weekend of fireworks, food and of course fun on the lake—so make sure and stop by this unique, delicious eatery with the best chicken in town and let the festivities begin!