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

reddy531 Feb 4, 2012 07:24 AM

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-chicken-and-fish-nashville)..and 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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    Rptrane Feb 4, 2012 11:05 AM

    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
      gilintx Feb 4, 2012 01:44 PM

      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.

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        sqwertz Feb 5, 2012 09:03 PM

        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 :-)

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        Steven Dilley Feb 4, 2012 05:14 PM

        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.)

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          reddy531 Feb 5, 2012 04:09 PM

          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
            Rptrane Feb 5, 2012 05:27 PM

            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
              shan Feb 5, 2012 10:18 PM

              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.

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                abd Mar 3, 2012 05:01 PM

                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. slowcoooked Feb 6, 2012 06:04 AM

              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. Chicago Wine Geek Feb 6, 2012 01:48 PM

                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
                  sqwertz Feb 6, 2012 07:15 PM

                  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".


                  1. re: sqwertz
                    robbie6805 Feb 7, 2012 07:49 AM

                    Prince's Hot Chicken video clip.


                  2. re: Chicago Wine Geek
                    reddy531 Feb 7, 2012 09:10 AM

                    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
                      Chicago Wine Geek Feb 7, 2012 12:25 PM

                      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.

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                        reddy531 Feb 7, 2012 04:06 PM

                        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
                          Rptrane Feb 7, 2012 05:50 PM

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

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                            reddy531 Feb 8, 2012 05:32 AM

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

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                            ampeg66 Feb 7, 2012 07:00 PM

                            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.


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

                            I am dying to try Prince's.

                            1. re: ampeg66
                              reddy531 Feb 8, 2012 05:36 AM

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

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                                Chicago Wine Geek Feb 8, 2012 09:10 AM

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

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                          Pmd669 Feb 28, 2012 07:17 PM

                          The best chicken in Chicago is at Crisp.

                      2. Becca Porter Mar 1, 2012 10:32 AM

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


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                        1. re: Becca Porter
                          reddy531 Mar 1, 2012 04:24 PM

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

                        2. uarent Mar 2, 2012 04:21 PM

                          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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                            robbie6805 Mar 3, 2012 09:54 AM

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

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                              danny_w Mar 3, 2012 12:02 PM

                              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.

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