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.
A 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.
Head 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”.
It 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.
Sip 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.
Frenchy'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.
Located 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.
Hungry 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?
Along Westheimer road near the Highland Village shopping destination, is Frank's Americana Revival. Feast on their buttermilk fried chicken with whipped potatoes, sauteed green beans and a cheddar biscuit. For those looking for something fried with four legs, you'll love their chicken-fried steak.
The Waffle Bus
The best way to find The Waffle Bus on a daily basis is to follow them on Facebook or Twitter. The food truck serves up fried chicken and waffle meals that have caught attention from national food bloggers and locals alike. Try a piece of buttermilk fried chicken, sandwiched in a waffle, or fall in love with the chicken & waffle fryders - four buttermilk fried chicken pieces between waffle fry sliders with special sauce.