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Any good places for fried chicken that aren't too far (in driving time) from the I35 corridor ? THANKS for your help .

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  1. As bad as it sounds, the best experiences I've had with fried chicken in Austin usually comes from Popeye's. I'm not even aware of any non-chain restaurants that serve fried chicken aside from chicken fried chicken or the ubiquitous chicken strips.

    Of course, if someone can point me in a different direction, I'm probably game to try it.

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    1. re: exlnghrn

      I agree. It doesn't exist in Austin. I moved here 17 years ago after spending a lot of time the prior 3 years in Kansas City and eating at Strouds about every time I was there. Moved down here and have been looking since. Chicken Fried Chicken is about as close as you can get. Original Threadgills used to have a decent one of those, but I haven't been there in years and heard it had gone downhill. The new Threadgills is not good at all.

      1. re: exlnghrn

        Call Arkies Grill....tell em to drop you a half a fried chicken and you'll be there in twenty minutes.Arrive,wait ten minutes and your food will appear.Eat some damn decent fried chicken,ask the waitress what the freshest pie is,she will be honest and the pie will be good,have a cup of their truckstop coffee you will be buzzed up and comfortably full.

      2. The fried chicken I've had at Tony's Southern Comfort was fantastic.

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        1. re: tom in austin

          i'm going to have to agree with tom in austin. tony's fried chicken is some of the best i've had in austin yet.

          1. re: ktown378

            I’m another big fan of the fried chicken at Tony's Southern Comfort. Gene's does a pretty good job with fried chicken, too. And if you like fried chicken gizzards, check out Reggie’s.

            You'll find more details on these three places on the "austin soul food" thread:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/392558

            Best,
            MPH

            1. re: MPH

              Top Notch Burger on Burnet Road has really good fried chicken (thought it has been a while since I've had it).

              1. re: RonJ

                Personally, I like Top Notch's burgers but not their fried chicken, though there are other local ‘hounds who do like it. To quote something I posted elsewhere (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37331... ):

                “I think the chicken is tasteless and the oil is rancid far too often. The breading is crunchy and just greasy enough, but it doesn't taste good. It just tastes fried. For the same reason (poor quality of oil, flavorless coating), I don't get that excited about their onion rings.”

                It’s not bad for fast food, but it’s not my ideal version of fried chicken, either. For what it’s worth.

                Best,
                MPH

          2. re: tom in austin

            Yes! Tony's does give southern chicken comfort.

          3. Gene's or Top Notch are your best bets.

            1. I'm going to have to second the Popeye's rec. Love that chicken from Popeye's. Seriously. I'm hoping to try Tony's this week, so I'll ring in on that later.

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              1. re: foodiegal71

                While Popeye's is about as solid as a national fast food fried chicken chain can get, you'll find that Tony's completely blows it away. I'm not sure how I survived my fried chicken cravings (in Austin) before discovering Tony's.

                1. re: tom in austin

                  I'm going to Tony's for lunch on Friday and I can't wait to try the fried chicken now!

                  1. re: foodiegal71

                    If you like chicken fried steak, I recommend getting what I call "Best of Both Worlds": order the chicken drumettes appetizer and a chicken fried steak main course. This rarely goes wrong for me.

                    1. re: tom in austin

                      That, my friend, is sound advice. I am going to have to do this for sure! Thank you.

              2. Many thanks to Tom in Austin, ktown, MPH, and others who recommended Tony's Southern Comfort for fried chicken.

                Holiday visitors developed a craving for it, and I found this thread after a non-trivial amount of hunting / searching for it. Maybe this recent reply will make the thread easier to find for others.

                The fried chicken was moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and had a flavor that I woke up craving.

                Mashed potato w/ gravy and red beans and rice sides were very good; both the gravy and red beans and rice could have been spicier. They were out of veggies which I was really hoping to try.

                The only hiccup was that the day had everyone split up running various errands, and I could tell that the female relative who caught the Tony's errand was a little jar'd by the homeless guy offering to watch her car, and didn't expect the homeless people inside. However, she loved the fried chicken too, said she wants to go back on next visit to try the veggies too, just not alone ;-).

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                1. re: sweet100s

                  Just adding an update: Tony's Southern Comfort was really on their fried-food game today. The last time I went, also on a Sunday, the fried chicken was pretty good, but it wasn't as good as usual. Something seemed to be off with the frying oil. This afternoon the place was packed with people enjoying fried chicken and waffles (among other things)—and with good reason. Their fried chicken, of which I ate way too much, was well executed, with flavorful breading and moist chicken. The exterior was well seasoned, and needed no salt and pepper. Their waffles are always quite soft, but at least they are rich and eggy—and become even more decadent if you add tons of melted butter and syrup. Even when I order the chicken and waffles, I always ask for a side of the spicy sauce that comes with the fried-chicken drumettes.

                  Their CFS was good today, too. Occasionally, when I've gone at off hours, I've been served versions in which the breading has ballooned away from the meat. That wasn't the case today. The peppery breading and meat cohered perfectly, and the steak was tender and flavorful. The mashed potatoes on the side were pretty good. They still look and taste homemade, though they're just plain, mashed-up potatoes (no cream, no butter). Fortunately, though, they come doused with white-cream gravy. The gravy today was good. It wasn't floury, and it had a nice touch of black pepper. The green beans were just standard green beans, very soft, no discernible pork flavor. They're probably canned. To me, their corn bread seemed better today than I remember it being in the past. It's still cake-like, but it's sweeter and moister.

                  Desserts were a mixed bag. The peach-cobbler filling seemed like it consisted of very cinnamony canned peaches topped with a cakey pie-crust-like topping which had become a little soggy. The crust didn't have much buttery flavor, but it was a little sweet. If I'm not mistaken, the filling might not have been baked at all. It still had some of the crunch of peach slices straight from the can. The cobbler pastry hadn't browned much, either. In fact, this is one of the palest peach cobblers I've ever had.

                  The German chocolate cake consisted of a single-layer chocolate cake, just a little more than 1" thick, with a dense, brownie-like crumb. It was topped with a gooey, housemade, take on standard German-chocolate frosting that had been drizzled with a chocolate glaze that had hardened. At first, when I tasted it at the restaurant, I liked this cake. It was still cold, but it tasted pretty good. Since I was too full to eat the whole slice, I took most of it home. Later, though, after the cake had warmed up, the interior seemed very dry and flavorless. The frosting was still pretty good, but it seemed much sweeter than it had previously. I wondered just how fresh the cake was. This was one time when a cake tasted better cold than it did warm. Next time, I might just order another slice of corn bread (or another waffle!) instead of having dessert.

                  1. re: MPH

                    Thanks for the update MPH!

                    If anyone has any 'pull' with Mr. Tony, could you please convince him to serve fried chicken on Fridays ?

                    Twice now I've tried to get Tony's delicious fried chicken on Fridays on the way home from the airport on a Friday, but no love.

                    Friday seems to be Catfish day...