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The 7 best fried chicken joints in Houston

Published On 10/15/2014 Published On 10/15/2014
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1. Barbecue Inn 116 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018

Barbecue Inn's menu has been mastered for over nearly 70 years, by tweaking and perfecting their family recipes. Their fried chicken is out of this world, and it’s not even the best thing on the menu! People drive in from all over just to enjoy their fried shrimp! With either pick, you are going to enjoy a homemade batter so crispy and tasty that it will be hard to go home and tell granny that hers still the best.

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2. Punk's Simple Southern Food 5212 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005 (Rice Village)

Grandma’s fried chicken, sweet corn hushpuppies, and other Southern favorites are on the menu at this spunky Rice Village soul food spot from Clark Cooper Concepts. All the recipes have been handed down for generations, including Chef Brandi Key’s buttermilk biscuits which are offered -- stuffed and smothered -- in a mix & match biscuit bar, which sounds like it belongs in fat kid heaven. The interior feels like a modernized version of a Western saloon, carrying the restaurant's concept through both space and cuisine.

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3. Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette 1050 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

The bright blue of the cursive neon is enough of a beacon, but the '50s-diner-meets-five-star-hotel interior and fish-centric menu call to the Greater Heights like a seafood siren. Serving up fish every which way, Liberty offers big platters of East Coast oysters, pan-seared fresh fish on their own or on a po boy, and a whole slew of sides like creamy mashed potato and garlic-y sauteed spinach.

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4. The Breakfast Klub 3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

This Fourth Ward breakfast spot has some of the best fried chicken in Houston. They even give you the option of fried catfish (and waffles OR GRITS!). Plus, every once in a while there is a clown that makes you balloon animals while you wait in line. Real talk.

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5. Lucille's 5512 LA Branch St, Houston, TX 77004

This chicken-frying establishment was named after the owner/executive chef’s great-grandmother, Lucille, the first African-American businesswoman of Texas. Chef Chris Williams serves Southern-style dishes with European twists, to make his dishes both familiar and unique. Freshness is key, and they prove it with a backyard garden that supplies much of their produce. When it comes to the fried chicken, "Yard Bird" as they call it, freshness is not spared.

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