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Where is the best Spicy Fried Chicken in Austin on par with Prince's in Nashville

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I have recently been to Nashville, TN and fully..completely..utterly blown away by the hot chicken scene there. Tried Bolton's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/boltons-spicy... it is not even the best chicken joint in town. Prince's ( http://www.yelp.com/biz/princes-hot-c...) where it would take atleast 2 hrs to get ur hands on a piece of chicken is supposedly the best. it was also featured on Man V food with Adam on Travel channel.

Since then I am trying to find something...anything that comes closer to that experience in AUS without success so far. Tried Ms.P's electric chicken trailer and planning to stop by Lucy's today. I have Lucky J's trailer and some more places on my radar.

I am down with the hipster crowd in Austin (Yes I am talking to you Ms. p's) but I am looking for the real..authentic..thing. I would think the best damn hot chicken joint would be African American owned just like Prince's and Bolton's in Nashville. Also if you need to add hot sauce on the side..its not hot chicken in my book.

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  1. Austin is in desperate need of a quality fried chicken place. The ones we have of note aren't the charming holes in the wall you may be used to. So far I've liked Lucy's and the chicken at Max's Wine Dive, but they are pricey hipster places. There's a cafeteria style place that does fried chicken one day a week, I can't remember the name, but it's apparently decent but I've yet to try them.

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    1. re: Rptrane

      I think you're thinking of Southern Hospitality, Rptrane. Here's a link: http://sohosfoods.us/. They have fried chicken on the buffet menu on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but they also have wings on the regular menu.

      1. re: Rptrane

        Bill Millers is surprisingly good fried chicken. It comes out hot and fresh in just minutes. I don't know how they manager to that so quick, but it is real down to earth fried chicken - not hot though. But not a yupsetr prices.

        I just did Vietnamese fried chicken wings tonight. Nice and hot and pungent :-)
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/72758916...

      2. Not only have I not seen that style of fried chicken in Austin, I haven't seen it outside of Nashville. (Certainly it exists outside of Nashville, I just haven't seen it.)

        1. Thank you all for your responses. I am now a man on a mission. I will exhaust all options in AUS and try other places in Texas (HOU, Dallas, San Antonio etc)..there gotta be some place that has it. If any one finds it please..please..let me know.

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          1. re: reddy531

            Well that's really just fried chicken dipped in hot sauce is it not? I've seen the food shows about that place in St. Louis. This may be blasphemy around here why not get hot wings from Hooters.

            1. re: reddy531

              I don't think its spicy, but Hyde Park Bar and Grill used to do Fried Chicken a couple times a week (the south location). I'm actually partial to Furr's fried chicken when it is fresh. It's one of the few reasons to go to there IMHO.

              Have you looked into Korean fried chicken? Spicy fried goodness.

              1. re: shan

                If we're talking spicy chicken, I've got to give a shout-out to the Korean Fried Chicken at Somunanjib Korean Food and Drinks on North Lamar. Amazing flavor and hot as hell (or sweet if you're not into the spicy). No relation at all to Nashville style, but it might fit the bill nonetheless. If they let you order any less than 20 pieces at time, I'd be there all the time.

              2. re: reddy531

                If you really mean you'll travel in Texas to get great spicy fried chicken head to Houston and hit Frenchy's at one of their locations. I long for one here in San Antonio.

                http://www.frenchyschicken.com

                1. re: Roguewave1

                  Do not do this. Frenchy's is garbage. Followed yelp advice and was sorely disappointed. Oh and if you are an Austinite and aren't used to bad neighborhoods you'll probably crap your pants on the way there, depending upon which location.

                  1. re: Rptrane

                    too funny. pretty true though.

              3. I've not seen any "hot" fried chicken in austin outside of what you can get at fast food chains. As mentioned by Gillintx I'm a huge fan of Southern Hospitality's regular fried chicken. Yeah, it's not spicy, but it's a crispy, moist, thin battered and perfectly salted version that I think isn't beat by the new kids in town (SoHo's been around for a few years). But I'd be curious about the fryers on Airport, Reggie's, Terry's, and Mr. Catfish - surely someone puts some heat in their batters?

                1. I've been traveling to Austin on business once a month for over 10 years. I've done Nashville at least 7 times a year for the last 7. I love spicy food and I LOVE Prince's hot chicken! 400 Degrees is also awesome. For those who haven't had it, it isn't just chicken dipped in hot sauce and fried. It goes way beyond that. I've found nothing in Austin like it, but if someone finds something close, I'll certainly be next in line. Had Max's last week and it was good....but not hot.

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                  1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                    No batter or breading?

                    Churches does that, but they bread their chicken afterwards. Or at least they used to do that. Their spicy recipe has changed a few times. I hated it when they introduced it, and again when they made it "better".

                    -sw

                    1. re: sqwertz

                      Prince's Hot Chicken video clip.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72xXxV...

                    2. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                      Good to hear ...can you give some more info on the Max's. I am currently traveling to Milwaukee and planning to stop by Harold's chicken shack. i hear it s a big thing in Chicago. I would be interested in finding ur opinion on them.

                      1. re: reddy531

                        I've never been a fan of Harold's chicken shack. I have no recommendation for fried chicken in Chicago unfortunately. Max's rocked. Super moist and tender, great chicken flavor and perfect crusty coating.

                        1. re: Chicago Wine Geek

                          Went to the Milwaukee Harold's only to find it closed for good. Can you give the details on Max's in AUS ...any website or directions. I am not familiar with the name.
                          Thank you

                          1. re: reddy531

                            Milwaukee is a pizza town. Is Rocky Rococos still around? I remember that pizza was great when I was a kid.

                            1. re: Rptrane

                              Yes..they are still around...never been inside but drive by it all the time. Not much of a pizzan fan.

                            2. re: reddy531

                              Max's Wine Dive, downtown near the convention center at 207 San Jacinto. They're in Houston and San Antonio too. It's not the hot style, but it's quite good. And they have all-you-can-eat chicken and waffles at Sunday brunch.

                              http://www.maxswinedive.com/austin/in...

                              Rptrane has it right though, it's a pricy hipster place.

                              I am dying to try Prince's.

                              1. re: ampeg66

                                Thank you..doesnt even remotely look like a kind of place to get good chicken ..but I will give it a try.

                                1. re: reddy531

                                  Make sure to try the pulled pork stuffed peppers. Amazing!

                          2. re: reddy531

                            The best chicken in Chicago is at Crisp.

                        2. I usually find that for this sort of regional thing...you need to make it yourself at home:

                          http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/N...

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                          1. re: Becca Porter

                            Thank you...I am not really much of a cook..but if I get really really desperate I might try..

                          2. I've had fried chicken at Luby's in San Marcos twice in the last 6 months and it didn't disappoint. No frills, juicy, crispy fry. Not suggesting to go to San Marcos, but my guess is the Austin Luby's are just as good.

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                            1. re: uarent

                              I agree. I get the luann platter white, you get the breast and wing.

                              1. re: uarent

                                I've had the same experience at the Randall's at Braker and 183. Again nothing fancy, and the sides are nothing special, but the fried chicken is some of the best I have had in Austin. I will have to give Luby's a try.

                              2. Any luck so far? This posting is 2 yrs after original comment. I just returned from Nashville & had hot chicken at Hattie B's and came back to San Antonio looking... Nothing here but Popeyes so decided I'd drive to Austin if I could find an offering ? Plz provide any updates!!!

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                                1. re: Dhuber911

                                  Gus's Fried chicken isn't billed as spicy but I found it rather spicy and pretty good but not perfect. Definitely a cut above Popeye's or other fast food fried chicken.

                                  1. re: Dhuber911

                                    Church's now has a "Spicier" spicy fried chicken (until June 22). It's the same recipe they developed and rolled rolled out for Nashville a few years ago. Still not up to Prince's level, but from all accounts I've heard, that's probably a Good Thing(tm).

                                    http://www.restaurantmagazine.com/the...

                                    1. re: sqwertz

                                      Three pieces and a biscuit for $2.69 is a good price, even for factory chicken.

                                    2. re: Dhuber911

                                      I'm with Rptrane on this one - I would say Gus's puts out the best fried chicken on the spicy side in town. Too bad they don't step up the choices with an adventurously hot version.

                                    3. Good query. Does Prince's spice up the batter, or is the chicken pre-marinated in something incendiary?

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                                      1. re: rudeboy

                                        I believe it's dipped in hot liquid after it's fried.

                                      2. My favorite fried chicken in town is easily Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Cafe.
                                        http://www.nubianqueenlolas.com
                                        Love love love that place.

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                                        1. re: Jaymes

                                          Can't in good conscious recommend that place. Food I got took two hours and was partially cooked and she runs the place by herself so there was zero service. I'd donate to her as a charity but can't go there as a restaurant.

                                          1. re: Rptrane

                                            Gosh, hate to hear that. I've been quite a few times and had nothing but great food. And, although at times, the service has been a bit spotty, it's always been more than worth it.