Thursday, August 4 2022

Where to find the best fried chicken in Houston? We asked the same question of Chronicle readers, more or less, and the results clearly showed a winner.

Probably to no one’s surprise, Frenchy’s emerged as the first choice. The 53-year-old restaurant is a acclaimed Houston institution with a menu full of southern fried chicken and Louisiana dishes. Here’s what Alison Cook said about Frenchy’s:

“Several times a year, I find myself in unseemly arguments with friends over the merits of our favorite fried chicken spots. I always find myself defending that Third Ward chicken stand, where the red-pepper Creole coating is eminently appetizing.”

If you can’t get to the original location off Scott Street there are 10 others to hang out with inside and outside the Loop.

barbecue inn came in second place. Older than Frenchy’s, the Northside restaurant is probably better known for its fried chicken and fried chicken steak than the rest of its barbecue-heavy menu. The hostel also landed on a list of places to visit if you ever decide to leave Houston (boo). Here’s what barbecue columnist JC Reid had to say about the chicken here:

“The colossal chunks of perfectly breaded and fried chicken are broken on the outside and plump and juicy on the inside. The chicken is cooked to order, so expect a 20-30 minute wait, during which you can graze on an old-school iceberg lettuce salad.”

And at the third comes the not so local but still damn delicious Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken. Tennessee Import has restaurants in 14 different states. The restaurant was part of a fried chicken revival that hit Houston in 2018, according to the Chronicle’s Greg Morago.

Honorable mentions, in order, include Micro’s, of Harold, Chicken Choong Man and The ToreOre. And a special nod to La Lucha which was submitted multiple times but was not selected.

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