The Best and The Worst: Frenchy's Chicken

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The Mini - 2 pieces, cornbread muffin and a side
Chain restaurants: How we love to hate them, but no one can deny that chain restaurants can sometimes offer just what we're looking for -- convenient and recognizable foods that even the fussiest eater will agree with. Most would think that a chain restaurant would also offer consistency, but that is not always case. Not all locations are created equal, and we come to know certain locations of a chain as "the best" and "the worst."

Frenchy's may not be the first name to come to mind when you think of a chain, but since 2006, the Frenchy's name has been licensed for franchising and there are now five other locations throughout the Houston area.

The original location at 3919 Scott Street was opened in 1969 by Percy "Frenchy" Creuzot Jr. and has become a Houston institution. It's true that some things just can't be duplicated.

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The Original Frenchy's on Scott St.
So it goes without saying the original location is the best location. It's old and a little rundown, the parking lot has only one way in and one way out, which the drive thru window blocks, and in the excruciating Houston summers you can break a really good sweat waiting in line for your chicken. But these are the things that brings this location its charm -- that and the food, of course.

The fried chicken has a perfectly seasoned and crunchy exterior with a moist and a piping-hot juicy interior. The sides are exactly what you would imagine a Southern grandmother would cook -- red beans, dirty rice and greens. Frenchy's chicken is good, really good. Some say it's the best in Houston, but no one can doubt it's comfort food.

It's hard to say any location of Frenchy's is truly bad when you're craving it, but the location on the Southwest Freeway leaves a lot to be desired. The food itself will get you through a serious craving but the original, it is not. The seasonings seem a little off, and the sides don't have that same down-home feel.

It is a random location located on the corner of Wilcrest right on the feeder. Where the original had seats in its open-air patio area, this location is so small that eating inside at the few benches set up is cramped and uncomfortable. It's best to take your order home and satiate your craving in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

According to the website, there are plans to open several more Frenchy's in the next few years, let's hope that they can live up to the real thing.

Readers, we ask you: What are some other best and worst locations of Houston chain restaurants? Let us know in the comments, and we might visit them.



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Location Info

Frenchy's Chicken

3919 Scott St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Maryann McDaniel
Maryann McDaniel

Love the original location.  Often bought to-go food from there to take home after night classes at U of H. 

Carlos Closinhtown
Carlos Closinhtown

The Frenchy's on I-45 north and Tidwell is good and so it the one in Acres Homes on W. Little York. I agree that the original is the best though.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

My vote is for El Rey to visit next. Best location: Oak Forest. Worst location: Bunker Hill. Crazy awful drive-thru that's difficult to navigate, although the interior is nice.

Corey
Corey

The same with Antones, antones original is amazing, Antones corporate are beyond awful.  While on the subject of Frenchys the I45 North location is absolutely awful, were I the owner I wouldn't let these people ruin my good name with their craptacular food as a franchise.. Money can't buy integrity..

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Another one is Napoli's.  The original Napoli's has 6 locations.  Little Napoli's has two locations that aren't even associated with the other 6.  The original Napoli's pizza (and menu, for the most part) blows away the little Napoli's.  And I just noticed The Houston Press only lists the Little Napoli's restaurant chains in your guide.  Were any of you aware that a 6 restaurant chain that has been in Houston for 17 years isn't even listed?  I'm thinking a pizza challenge between these two would be a great way to introduce the Press to Napoli's.

professor xharles cavier
professor xharles cavier

"food for thought"

Should we distinguish between a chain and a franchise? Is there a distinction? Cases in point: Carrabba's and Ninfa's. Most H-towners know that the Carrabba's on Kirby (and Woodway, not sure?) are still "originals," whereas the other locations in the greater Houston area are more akin to the original in name only. The food can be very different when compared to the originals and among locations. So in this case, we're probably talking more "franchise," as opposed to "chain," which to me at least, implies a unified ownership, menus and direction (e.g. Pappazito's)

Same could have been said for Ninfa's original location versus many of the other restaurants bearing the Ninfa's badge, before it was sold.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

We only go to the original, as that's the location we heard about when we first moved here--my husband is 100% addicted to the chicken.

Yumyum
Yumyum

Agreed on El Rey.  The Cuban Sandwich at Bunker Hill - A tepid ham and cheese sandwich with a couple pickle slices lost in there.  A Cuban Sandwich at Washington or Oak Forest - Generous sliced warm ham with melted cheese on a toasted french roll with pickles in every bite. Yumyum...

Tosshi
Tosshi

Agreed, the Bunker Hill El Rey is just bad. The food isn't nearly up to snuff, and that drive-thru is a death trap.

Tony Sullivan
Tony Sullivan

I vote for Shipley Do-nuts. Does any other location compare to the original on North Main? I know no one else does the boudin kolaches on the weekends but I swear even the regular glazed do-nuts taste better there.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

And mainly due to no responses, Here are the two separate websites.

This is the one you have in the Restaurant Guide:http://littlenapoli.net/

Here is the one that has Zilch on it.  No reviews, no location info.  Nada.http://napolirestaurants.com/i...

I do know both owners worked together in the 90's and are not on speaking terms, but this needs to be fixed by the Press pronto.

Dundle
Dundle

I agree that the beans are very good at Pollo Campero. I generally enjoy the food there but it seems a few hours after I eat their chicken I feel like a huge turd. No escaping the fact that it is Guatemala's version of KFC and it shows.

csoakley
csoakley

I think the Ella location is the only place that serves a Chocolate Iced donut as a glazed donut with chocolate icing. Most other locations serve a non-glazed donut with chocolate icing. Does anyone else serve a glazed choco?

And if you haven't had a Big Earl Jalapeño & Cheese kolache from Shipley's then what are you waiting for, son?

professor xharles cavier
professor xharles cavier

Shipley Do-nuts has been discussed on EOW ad nauseam. Everyone loves the North Main and Ella locations. Nuff said.

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