by imneverfull - 0 Reviews - 7 List
We've got the skinny on the best fried chicken in Houston and there's no doubt that the Colonel's got nothing on these birds. As usual for Houston, these restaurants are all over the map. Some of them serve fried chicken all day, some at certain times, and there are even a few ethnic versions for you to try.
Updated: September 13, 2010
This diner in north Houston dates back to the 1940s and looks it (even the waitresses are from that era). Contrary to the name, however, the BBQ should be skipped in favor of anything chicken-fried--fried chicken, fried shrimp and chicken-fried steak are all exceptional and the pie is laudable too.
Frenchy's has some of the most soulful fried chicken in Houston and everyone knows it, so don't be surprised to find long lines, especially on Sunday after church. As for sides, we're partial to dirty rice or red beans and rice, but keep in mind that not all Frenchy's locations are created equal. We only travel to the original near the University of Houston, which also happens to be open late.
For a proper soul food breakfast, Houstonians head to Midtown for wings and waffles. Buttered waffles, salty, crispy wings, and maple syrup are a combination from heaven itself. The line is known for extending out the front door and around the building so bring a friend or a good book.
Situated next to the Airline Farmers Market, this old-school diner caters to farmers and day laborers. Fried chicken takes 20 minutes to prepare but it's definitely worth the wait. Other Southern style dishes like meatloaf and chicken and dumplings taste just like Mom's and rotate on a daily schedule.
Just off the Washington corridor, Beaver's is known for gourmet comfort food and BBQ. But Wednesday lunch is a jackpot for fried poultry fans when Chef Jonathan Jones makes his fantastic jalapeno buttermilk fried chicken with chipotle honey. The "box lunch" comes with a salad, dessert and a drink for $12.
This chic new addition to the Shepherd strip just south of Washington Ave hosts family-style fried chicken nights on Sunday. Expect huge platters of salad, fried chicken, cole slaw and baked beans. The $60 nightly special feeds four but there's usually enough for cold leftovers in the morning.
Chef Randy Evans runs fried chicken specials frequently during lunch hours at his modern, certified-green restaurant on Upper Kirby. The local, organic chicken comes from Brenham's Bryan farms and is served with mushroom cream gravy on top of a plate of mashers.
This Tex-Mex joint known for incredible cheese enchiladas and frozen margaritas also has "fried spring chicken" served with french fries or baked potato suspiciously listed on the menu. Be open-minded and don't let the thirty minute wait time deter you. It may be hard to take fried chicken served on a comal very seriously--until you take your first bite.
You'll find Toreore, a Korean fried chicken franchise, in the food court of this massive Asian grocery store. The fried chicken only comes in boxes of seven or 14, but the pieces are on the small side. Our pick for chili-heads is #6, which is sweet and extremely spicy. Those afraid of heat should opt for garlic flavor.