It’s National Fried Chicken Day, and Houston has no shortage of crispy goodness. Now we know that “favorites” is a touchy subject when it comes to fried chicken, so chomp into these H-Town eateries, and don’t hesitate to sound off on hidden gems not mentioned below.

Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts

lee's fried chicken and donutsA unique pairing in the Heights has diners lining out the door of Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts. Start with an order of fried chicken done right, slowly prepped over a three day process and turned out at lightning speed. Aside from a bucket of chicken, check out Lee's Fried Chicken Sandwich (see ridiculously tasty looking image above), Fried Chicken Salad Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Chopped Kale with sweet roasted peanut dressing.

Dak & Bop

dak & bopHead to Dak & Bop for a taste of Korean-style fried chicken, where the made to order wings and drums are double fried for extra crisp and three special sauces ignite the taste buds. Start with the milder, lightly seasoned “Plain Jane”, then venture over to the “Soy Garlic” before getting adventurous with the “Hot & Spicy”.

The Breakfast Klub

the breakfast klubIt goes without saying that The Breakfast Klub hits our list of must-visits for fried chicken. Wings & Waffles top a tempting array of breakfast favorites from around the country at this cozy comfort food zone. This come-as-you-are hot spot seems to always have a line, but it moves fast and just serves to build anticipation as you watch the waddling diners leave with a satisfied grin.

MAX's Wine Dive

max's wine diveSip on champagne while gobbling down classic Southern fried chicken at Max’s Wine Dive. This "upscale dive bar" offers a standout wine list, late-night comfort food and a Texas-proud jukebox. The best part? Enter to win "The Golden Ticket" by July 6, 2016 and receive one MAX’s Wine Dive gift card per month in the amount of $18 for a free plate of MAX’s Famous Southern Fried Chicken until July 1st, 2017!
 

Frenchy’s  Chicken

frenchy'sFrenchy's Chicken is a walk-up eatery serving highly coveted fried chicken and Cajun sides. Cayenne-flecked, lick-your-fingers-good fried chicken anchors the simple menu at Frenchy Creuzot's unassuming walk-up operation located a couple blocks away from the University of Houston's main campus and has been a culinary institution since the late 1960s. UH students, neighborhood residents and devotees from 30 miles away wait patiently for their orders.

Punk’s Simple Southern Food

punks southernLocated next door to Coppa Osteria, in Rice Village, the spot offers Southern fare with a twist. Think deviled eggs, pimiento cheese and Pimm's cups. And of course, dive into their crispy buttermilk fried chicken served with horseradish mash, brown gravy, buttermilk biscuit with honey butter, dill pickle, and punks special sauce.
 

Barbeque Inn

bbq innHungry Houstonian’s have flocked to Barbecue Inn for more than 60 years to devour plates of crispy golden-fried chicken and country-gravy covered chicken fried steak. And, the truth is, not much has changed at the family-owned institution since opening in 1946. Why mess with perfection?