About Us

Ezell's Famous Chicken was started over 20 years ago as a family-owned and operated business.

The story began when the family moved from Texas to Seattle. Shortly thereafter they decided that they'd start a business making chicken like they used to back home in Texas.

Lewis and the family saw their mission as simple: Provide FRESH and high quality chicken and GOOD homemade side dishes, served with FAST and courteous service. In short, Ezell's Famous Chicken had to be Fresh, Good and Fast!

After waiting six years for funding,, the family opened the first store in Seattle's Central District at 501-23rd Avenue, across from Garfield High School, on February 3, 1984. They’ve been living their dream of owning and operating a successful chain of fried chicken restaurants ever since.

Since the very beginning, Ezell’s Famous Chicken knew they had a product that the public would love. Their recipes called for using high quality ingredients and preparing everything fresh daily. All they had to do was get them to "just try it once," and they would return for more.

Ezell's Famous Chicken has become a household name in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest, earned many loyal customers along the way. There are currently 11 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest and a recently opened location in Dubai.

Signed celebrity photo

Signed photo of Oprah

Ezell's Famous Chicken was started over 20 years ago as a family-owned and operated business.

The story began when the family moved from Texas to Seattle. Shortly thereafter they decided that they'd start a business making chicken like they used to back home in Texas.

Lewis and the family saw their mission as simple: Provide FRESH and high quality chicken and GOOD homemade side dishes, served with FAST and courteous service. In short, Ezell's Famous Chicken had to be Fresh, Good and Fast!

After waiting six years for funding,, the family opened the first store in Seattle's Central District at 501-23rd Avenue, across from Garfield High School, on February 3, 1984. They’ve been living their dream of owning and operating a successful chain of fried chicken restaurants ever since.

Since the very beginning, Ezell’s Famous Chicken knew they had a product that the public would love. Their recipes called for using high quality ingredients and preparing everything fresh daily. All they had to do was get them to "just try it once," and they would return for more.

Ezell's Famous Chicken has become a household name in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest, earned many loyal customers along the way. There are currently 11 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest and a recently opened location in Dubai.

History in Pictures

Ezell's history in photographs - Oprah signed photo

In loving memory of Samuel Stevens, one of Ezell’s Famous Chicken’s founders.