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Apr 29, 2011 06:52 PM


I have recently relocated to Austin from Orlando. In Orland, Publix Super Market has, arguably, the best chicken in Orlando. So.... I tried HEB chicken a couple of days ago. Almost inedible. Where should I be buying fried chicken?

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  1. I still like Popeye's for the spice. But have not tried the new chain Bob & Mike's. Not a fan of Bush's or Golden Fried

    1. Try 1) Top Notch Hamburgers on Burnet Rd; 2) Arkie's Grill on E. Cesar Chavez; 3) Hyde Park Bar & Grill (Mondays & Tuesdays, when Tony & Dwayne are in the kitchen); and 4) Flying Falafel & Po Boys on Guadalupe for their Wednesday lunch special.

      Top Notch
      7525 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

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      1. re: brentwood

        I have to vote down Arkie's. I've eaten at least 4 times and have been unimpressed. Often dry and overcooked. I'm not impressed with anything there, really. Which is why I kept ordering the chicken.

        What's surprisingly good is Bill Miller's. A neighbor mentioned it, then a co-worker insisted, so I tried it and was very impressed each time I went. It's always freshly cooked and came out quick even though nobody else seemed to be ordering chicken.


        1. re: sqwertz

          I'll have to second Bill Miller. They have a very good coating, and the pieces are high quality. Most importantly the pieces aren't drenched in grease like Church's or Popeyes. I'll order a two or three piece at least once a month.

          If you are looking for a nice night out, the fried chicken at Max's Wine Dive is really good also.

          Max's Wine Dive
          207 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701

          1. re: sqwertz

            I tried Bill Miller's based on this rec, and have to admit that they made pretty damn fine chicken. I will most certainly be going back.

            1. re: gilintx

              Glad you both like it. And I like confirmation that I have good taste :-)

              -sw (Eating 114-ingredient Totino's pizza rolls)

            2. re: sqwertz

              Very unusually, hubby said yesterday that he'd like some fried chicken. I think that's the first time I've heard that in the ten years we've been married. Anyway, I remembered this post and we sat out for Bill Miller's on Burnet Rd.

              The feel of this place is so familiar. It reminds me of cafeterias of the 1970s and that was a nice, brief pleasant feeling.

              So on to the fried chicken. He had three pieces and "hash browns" and I had two with green beans. The chicken was great. I had a breast and a leg and I am glad I had both. While both pieces were very tasty, I normally would not have ordered the leg and that would have been sad. That was the best piece of chicken I believe that I've had in years... crispy, juicy, mmm.

              The sides were old school, too. The potatoes were well seasoned and cooked with onions. The green beans were the canned varied, seasoned well, also.

              This was comfort food from my youth and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I can't, nor would I want to, eat this way regularly but it was a fun walk down memory lane.

          2. Check out Southern Hospitality on Lamar, just south of Research (in the office park). I believe Tuesday is fried chicken day on the buffet, but you can always get an order of wings and fries. This is a lunch only place, but the chicken is really decent.

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            1. re: gilintx

              If you want genuine Deep South fried chicken then head on over to Galloway on E.12th st.

              It's cooked in an ancient cast iron pan on a gas cook stove using clear oil.

              It's the best fried chicken I've ever had in Texas and is the only fried chicken I've had in Austin that could be served with pride in Alabama or Kentucky.

              These folks could open up in Starkville or Tuscaloosa and make good money, something you can't say about too many meat n 3's round here.


              breakfast is served too


              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                I think Younblood's is hard to beat. Freshly friend served with a roll and honey. Just south of the river on Lamar. Right across the street from the little kiddie ride place.

                1. re: singlemalt

                  Singlemalt, can you give more details on Younblood? I've never heard of it, can't imagine where it is on Lamar, and can't find it on the search engines.

                  1. re: singlemalt

                    I got some fresh Bill Miller's right out of the cooker in San Antonio, very good. As far as Youngblood's goes, I'm more of a Bill Williams' in Houston fan.


                  2. re: singlemalt

                    Youngblood's is a chain that has been out of business for years, right? I remember one in my home town about 40 years ago.

                  3. re: scrumptiouschef

                    Starkville? Damn, appealing to my Mississippi roots... gotta check this place out. I've heard tons of good things about it, just didn't know they serve fried chicken.

                    1. re: scrumptiouschef

                      Many thanks for the reminder on Galloway.

                      1. re: scrumptiouschef

                        I was pretty disappointed in Galloways went I went there recently to try their fried chicken. I'm from the south and this fried chicken was far from what I'm used to. First of all, it was sitting in a steam table all day. They merely slopped it on the plate and put it in the microwave (!!). I don't recall any places in mississippi throwing a dish in the microwave and call it southern cooking. I understand if it is hit or miss, but this fell into the category of lazy cooking, which I've seen a lot of when it comes to soul food in Texas. Stallion, hoovers, for example. They all pass off the same steam tabled almost burnt-sitting for a day food as soul food.

                        1. re: sdk_80

                          are there any places in austin that do it for you?
                          i'm always open to fried chicken recs.

                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                            Honestly.. Top notch is the closest ive come. I fry chicken at the house all the time... but i've searched around and havent found much that has blown me away. So yeah... I would say top notch is the only place i've been a little bit impressed by. So for me... I have really kept that as "only cook at home" and do it right kinda meal.

                            1. re: sdk_80

                              thanks! i hate frying at home plus cooking for one, so i will check them out.

                              1. re: dinaofdoom

                                I've fallen in love with my sideburner on the outside grill for exactly that purpose: frying (especially seafood) and not smelling up the house with oil stuck to every inch of space. I also sear / bake salmon / scallops, any seafood really out there.

                    2. I haven't been there in a while, so I don't remember if it's good, but Hoover's has fried chicken.

                      1. just had the fried chkn at southern hospitality. good good.