Houston’s Best Fried Chicken: Seven Restaurants Worthy of a PilgrimageBY Jailyn Marcel // 07.06.17
Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts new chicken sandwich selections. (Photo by Julien Soefer)
Your fried chicken dinner awaits at Killen's Barbecue. (Photo by Kimberly Park)
Pax Americana's honey butter chicken biscuit will be offered on the dinner menu in honor of National Fried Chicken Day. (Photo courtesy Urban Swank)
Harold's fried chicken is brined twice, with salt, sugar, and buttermilk. It's served with white cheddar macaroni and cheese and collard greens.
Got chicken sandwich crazy at Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts. (Photo by Julie Soefer)
Another day, another food holiday — but who’s complaining when the occasion celebrates one of America’s favorite comfort foods: fried chicken.
National Fried Chicken Day is here, and to commemorate the succulent affair, we’re bringing you six Houston restaurants that are putting their own spin on the beloved dish.
From monster sandwiches to fried chicken dinners, these Houston fried chicken restaurants are sure to satisfy your cravings today and beyond.
This entry speaks for itself. As one of Houston’s most iconic institutions, Frenchy’s is the go-to for Creole-style fried chicken. With the original location on Scott Street relocating in 2018 after 50 years, now’s the perfect time to snag a taste of Houston’s food history. 3919 Scott Street, frenchyschicken.com.
Harold’s Restaurant, Bar, and Terrace
If you’re craving a taste of down-home, Southern fried chicken, head to the Heights for Harold’s twice-brined cast-iron rendition. You’re sure to feel like you’re at grandma’s house with sides like macaroni and cheese and braised greens.
Chef Antoine Ware and company are also offering patrons a complimentary glass of beer or wine to commemorate National Fried Chicken Day, which is today (Thursday, July 7). 350 West 19th Street, haroldsheights.com.
Ronnie Killen isn’t just dishing out succulent barbecue at his famed Pearland outpost. You can also indulge in Killen’s fried chicken every Sunday — made from his grandmother’s recipe — during the barbecue temple’s newly available dinner hours.
While the dish is usually served Sunday only, you’ll be able grab Killen’s fried chicken and signature sides tonight for National Fried Chicken Day at both Killen’s Barbecue and its sister restaurant Killen’s STQ. Killen’s Barbecue, 3613 East Broadway, Pearland, killensbarbecue.com; Killen’s STQ, 2231 South Voss Road, killensstq.com.
One of Kitchen 713’s claims to fame is its buttermilk fried chicken, which is served every weekend during brunch. While the classic dish is only offered on Sundays, the Washington Avenue restaurant also offers a Thai fried chicken daily — a perfect option for National Fried Chicken Day.
A sweet plantain chili dip, crispy shallots, herbs, and Thai hot sauce bump this crispy chicken dish to the next level. 4601 Washington Avenue, kitchen713.com.
Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts
Lee’s is already a go-to destination for fried chicken and donuts in The Heights. Now, just in time for National Fried Chicken Day, the restaurant has launched a new collection of fried chicken sandwiches.
Head over for flavors such as Lee’s Blue Bird slathered in a blue cheese spread and sweet Sriracha syrup; Lee’s Ranch Bird topped with poblano ranch dressing, pepper jack cheese, and jalapeño bacon marmalade; and Lee’s Southern Bird, which is enhanced with bread and butter pickles and pimiento cheese.
Of course, you can still opt for Lee’s Classic fried chicken sandwiched between two glazed donuts. 601 Heights Boulevard, leesfriedchickenanddonuts.com.
Craving breakfast for dinner? Pax Americana celebrates National Fried Chicken Day with its Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. The staple brunch item will be offered today on the dinner menu from 5 pm to 10 pm. 4319 Montrose Boulevard, paxamericanahtx.com.
The Barbecue Inn
Don’t let the name mislead you. The Barbecue Inn has been serving some of the city’s top-rated fried chicken since 1946 and neither the recipe nor the surroundings have changed much since its opening. A favorite of caterer Jackson Hicks and untold numbers of picky eaters, the chicken is made to order — all white, all dark meat, or a mix. Try a stack of pork ribs while you wait 25 to 30 minutes for your fresh from the fryer poultry. 116 W. Crosstimbers, thebarbecueinn.com