Fried chicken really needs no introduction. Whether you like your fried chicken spicy, extra crispy, with waffles, or all of the above, there’s a restaurant on this list for you. Here are the 10 best restaurants to get fried chicken in Houston.
If you live in Houston, you’ve probably driven down West Alabama, past the long line of people eagerly waiting for a spot in this restaurant. The Breakfast Klub, or tbk to those who know it, is a Houston institution. Most famous for its wings and waffles, tbk is the kind of place worth standing in line for.
I would normally be opposed to adding a fast food restaurant to the list, but Frenchy’s is definitely the exception. The original is located on Scott Street, but now there are locations all over the city. Their chicken is the perfect combination of greasy and crispy, making it the perfect late-night excursion. Just don’t forget the dirty rice and biscuits!
Located in the Heights, Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts is known for its off the wall donut flavors and Southern Fried Chicken. Lee’s is chicken and waffles, reimagined; perfectly combining the savory and sweet into their menu items, like the Double Donut Fried Chicken Sandwich. Make sure to try the chicken “H-Town Hot” and don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Dak & Bop is fusion at its finest. Located in the Museum District, Dak & Bop specializes in Korean Fried Chicken, offering flavors from classic Buffalo to Sriracha Honey Lime. Not in a chicken mood? Dak & Bop is still worth the stop. Try some of their other Asian/Mexican fusion items, like the Kimchi & Cheese Empanadas or the Carnitas Bao.
Are you looking for a solid fried chicken sandwich? Look no further than Krisp Bird & Batter. The menu isn’t huge, but what they do, they do well. Not only is their food on point, they use an environmentally sustainable approach, using only pasture-raised, non-GMO fed chickens. Whether you’re near the Richmond location or the Heights, go immediately to eat the Spicy Krisp Classic and waffle fries with a clear conscious and a full stomach.
Located in Rice Village, Punk’s motto is “Simple Southern Food”. Well, the food might be simple, but the flavor is anything but. Whether you’re going for brunch to get the wings and waffles, or you’re there for their fried chicken tray with horseradish mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits, Punk’s will leave you full and happy.
Barbeque Inn is consistently on the Best Of lists in Houston. And with 7 decades of business under their belt, there’s no question as to why. The restaurant itself feels like all the history of Houston in your grandma’s kitchen. Go to Barbeque Inn for their fried chicken, or their brisket, or their ribs…. honestly, it’s all good! There are so many options for restaurants to get fried chicken in Houston.
Looking for a place where it’s acceptable to eat fried chicken and drink champagne all in one sitting? Look no further than Max’s Wine Dive! Famous for their jalapeno-buttermilk marinated fried chicken, come to Max’s Wine Dive to spend some time. Their chicken is made “slow and low” for that perfectly juicy and crispy effect. So, grab a mimosa with friends and wait for the magic to happen!
Lucille’s is perfectly described as “Well Refined Southern Cuisine Defined by History.” This quaint restaurant in the Museum District meets that standard and more. Get their Yardbird, which is brined and slow cooked fried chicken with smoked mashed potatoes and braised collard greens. Also, if you have room, order Lucille’s famous chili biscuits. I guarantee you will not regret it!
From its humble beginnings of an eight-table restaurant in Eado to becoming a 2018 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef, Kitchen has made quite a name for itself. Kitchen 713 has cultivated a uniquely Houston menu, sourcing inspiration from their own southern heritage and incorporating the multi-cultural cuisines that make Houston so rich with flavor. And this unique soul exists in every bite of their fried chicken. Bring a friend and order the whole chicken with a side and biscuits!
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Megan graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Creative Writing and an education in food, bars, and sarcasm. You can find her scoping out the latest Houston restaurant, watching the Astros or drinking an iced coffee.