"Kirby-side" Chicken Pick-Up Now Available at Haven

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I know the parking situation around Haven has been a bit of a nightmare lately. Just as the construction on Kirby finally ceased, new "breastaurant" Twin Peaks opened up and unleashed its often obnoxious clientele upon the small parking area shared by Haven, Cafe Japon, Taco Cabana and a small bank. The last two times I've been to Haven, I've had to battle cars whipping in front of me and cutting me off to get to Twin Peaks's valet stand, and I'm not alone.

Chef Randy Evans knows that parking has been a problem, too. One day, as Evans told me, a delivery truck got stuck in the small curve of Algerian Way because Twin Peaks customers had parked on both sides of the tiny street and blocked the truck in. And on repeated occasions, Evans claims, Twin Peaks customers have driven over traffic cones to park their cars in Haven's valet-only lot and blown off the valet guys when asked to move. Towing has become one of the only solutions to the traffic and parking nightmare, one that Cafe Japon, Taco Cabana and Haven are all strictly enforcing (something I've also witnessed myself).

While things even out over there, though, Haven wants you to avail yourself of a new service it's offering: "Kirby-side" chicken pick-up, which gets you a meal for four for only $35, delivered straight to your car at Haven's valet stand. It's available every day of the week after 5 p.m.

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Last night's spread, minus the rolls (which were already being dipped into the melted butter and consumed).
The chicken is -- naturally, as this is Haven we're talking about -- free-range and organic, either fried or herb-roasted. If you're like me, you can split the difference and get half of each to spread the love around. And this is exactly what I did last night, as part of my Galentine's Day celebration.

Because I'm obnoxiously in love with Parks and Recreation, my friends and I decided to host our own Galentine's Day (a made-up, day-before-Valentine's-Day celebration introduced on the show last week) replete with fried chicken, champagne and a viewing of The Princess Bride. We never got to the movie, though, and spent the entire night at the table eating nearly every last scrap of food.

Along with the half-and-half box of chicken, Haven also throws in two pints of sides and six rolls with butter. For the sides, you can choose between red beans and rice, creamed greens, mashed potatoes with andouille cream gravy, or cole slaw. We went with the mashed potatoes and creamed greens and weren't disappointed with either.

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Evans's buttermilk-fried chicken is quickly becoming the stuff of Houston legends, and with good reason. It's crispy and savory without being too greasy -- this ain't a 10-piece bucket from KFC. But the herb-roasted is no sad second: It's just as moist and flavorful, albeit with a little less guilt. The sides are inherently guilty pleasures, however, creamy and studded with smoky chunks of tasso ham.

For $35, it's a steal of a meal and the perfect way to have a nice dinner at home without doing any cooking. Just give the restaurant at least 30 minutes notice, then come home a hero.



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21 comments
Kaganb
Kaganb

Very good chicken, tried tonight. Next time I'll put in for the livers too.Cool place, looks kinda open-air with big open doors and windows

ec
ec

Someone left the chicken in the deep fryer too long.  Not into burned chicken

Jodie E
Jodie E

Good for you, Katharine ... love the whole Galentine's idea! We got the chicken on Saturday night and choose the same two sides. Definitely a winner and I agree it is a good deal - especially considering the cost of organic chicken (which is all I buy even when I cook it myself). Lucky's Fried Chicken in Austin is significantly more expensive and it's good, too but I'm thrilled to have Randy's chicken readily available - lucky us! :)

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I will definitely do a review on whether Haven's chicken is worth it.  Promise. It does look awesome.

Marco Torres
Marco Torres

I gotta try this soon. I had awesome fried chicken @ ACL last year from Lucy's Fried Chicken. I haven't found a place in H-Town that has come close to that goodness. Hopefully Haven will be what I'm looking for.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Don't most restaurants have take-out?  The delivery to your car is a nice touch, but I've never minded getting out of the car to get it, and at a $35 minimum charge, it seems pretty excessive.

Cathy
Cathy

You are making me hungry!!!!!!

RingoDeBarge
RingoDeBarge

Katharine, I feel as though you're my soul mate. Could I come live with you?

sbterry
sbterry

Wonder if Randy would be willing to add a few of those fried chicken livers with biscuits and gravey too?!    Not the biggest fan of chicken livers before -- but his are OFF THE CHARTS!

Charlotte Somethyme
Charlotte Somethyme

This is the stupidest restaurant gimmick since Hooters. Worse, I'm gonna fall for it, too.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Yes, most restaurants have take-out. Many also have curbside service. The reason I'm highlighting this is (a) because it's new to Haven (b) because it's rare to have an upscale restaurant offer this kind of to-go service and (c) I happen to think that $35 is a good value for the sheer amount of food you get. It's $8.75 a person for a full meal from Haven, and -- to be honest -- could feed more than four. We didn't even finish all of our food. Plus, it's truly good food that's not from Sysco and made with love.

JensenWoofer
JensenWoofer

 I think $35 is justified simply to sit on their patio. It's the only patio in Houston with a view of the mountains.

Randy
Randy

Sure we can sell them to you by the dozen

LacyRubens
LacyRubens

 Completely agree. Chicken liver is wonderful, whether fried or turned into pate. He should consider that suggestion!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Those chicken livers have transformative powers, I'm telling you... (And I bet the kitchen would gladly throw an order in if you just ask.)

Roulis22
Roulis22

 Gimmick? Twin Peaks or the Chicken deal?

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

 Alright...  5 of us do a dinner every Tuesday (3 guys, 2 girls.)  If it will feed the 5 of us, I'll give it a go.  It's only a few blocks from where we do it, anyway.

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

You had me with "Good food that's not from Sysco" - something that can't be said about what's being served at "Twin Peaks".  I can't wait to try this, will be getting the same sides too... 

ShoeMint
ShoeMint

You might be pleasantly surprised by the Twin Peaks grub, actually. I know that Randy at Haven was.

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