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Seattlites are known for their smarts, innovation, commitment to principles and community, hard work, and love of fresh food. This is one Seattle small business that is "livin' the dream" every entrepreneur imagines for their enterprise. Ezell's Famous Chicken may seem like just another fast food restaurant as you pass by its flagship location on 23rd Avenue, but it has a history of determination and food that pleases. It first captured the palates of its neighbors in the Central District and now, after 25 years, people all around Puget Sound. Ezell's fried chicken isn't called "Famous" for nothing. Word has definitely gotten around about their comfort food menu. They've built on that reputation to go on to open six other locations since they opened this shop in 1984. I've heard that Oprah enjoyed the chicken so much on a visit here that she has had it flown to her. It is one of Seattle's successful home grown businesses that goes by the first name of a founder, like Fran's, Ivar's, or Dick's, and has built a very loyal customer base by doing things in their signature way.