100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 35, Fried Chicken at Haven

This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

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No time to cook but you don't feel like going out? Chinese takeout or Taco Bell drive-thru not going to cut it? Then avail yourself of the "Kirby-side" chicken pick-up, which gets you a meal from Chef Randy Evans for four people -- and for only $35. Even better, it's delivered straight to your car at Haven's valet stand and it's available every day of the week after 5 p.m.

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. Along with the 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 coleslaw. I chose the mashed potatoes and creamed greens with my own box and wasn't disappointed with either.

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 ten-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.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar
No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch
No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito
No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F.
No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe
No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers
No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay
No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe
No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño
No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen
No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme
No. 84: Breakfast croissant at BB Donuts
No. 83: Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge
No. 82: Short rib sandwich at Shepherd Park Draught House
No. 81: Grilled shrimp po-boy at Pappadeaux
No. 80: Dahi puri at Shiv Sagar
No. 79: Aporreado at Los Corrales
No. 78: Oxtail francobolli at Aldo's Cucina Italiana
No. 77: Tonkotsu at Cafe Kubo's
No. 76: Spinach danish from Angela's Oven
No. 75: Pupusas at El Petate
No. 74: Pheasant dog at Sammy's Wild Game Grill
No. 73: X-Tudo burger at Friends Pizzeria
No. 72: Esparragos gratinados at Tintos
No. 71: Gua bao at Yummy Kitchen
No. 70: Geisha dog at Happy Endings
No. 69: Oyster po-boy and gumbo at Goode Co. Seafood
No. 68: Ceviche at Sirena Seafood
No. 67: Caldo de mariscos at Taqueria Arandas
No. 66: Banana pudding at Pizzitola's
No. 65: Fried catfish and gumbo at Cafe-A-La
No. 64: Soft-shell crabs at Banana Leaf
No. 63: Macaroni and cheese at Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
No. 62: Torta burger at El Gran Malo
No. 61: Black bean burger at Ziggy's
No. 60: Parillada at Pampa Grill
No. 59: Peanut butter and jalapeño jelly burger at Wicked Whisk
No. 58: Eggplant involtini at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 57: Lone Star dog at James Coney Island
No. 56: Sushi at Sushi Miyagi
No. 55: Palestinian chicken at Al Aseel
No. 54: Roast beef sandwich at Local Foods
No. 53: Mexico City plate at Molina's Cantina
No. 52: Tacos at Brothers Taco House
No. 51: Branzino at Lucio's BYOB
No. 50: Beef sweetbreads at Feast
No. 49: Golden Doomba Special at the Rice Box Truck
No. 48: Malted waffle at City Cafe
No. 47: Banh mi bo kho at Cafe TH
No. 46: Chicken fried steak at Triple A
No. 45: Larissa plate at Harry's
No. 44: Spaghetti carbonara at Coppa Ristorante Italiano
No. 43: Wings and grits at The Breakfast Klub
No. 42: Frito pie at C&D Burger Shoppe
No. 41: Pollo con mole at El Gallo de Jalisco
No. 40: Fried avocado taco at H-Town StrEATs
No. 39: Rigatoni in bolognese sauce at Paulie's
No. 38: Chorizo kolaches at Peña's Donut Heaven
No. 37: Sashimi at Dadami
No. 36: Half-pound burger at benjy's

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Location Info

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Looks overdone/burned. 

del.martinis topcommenter

After the amazing fried chicken we had at Coop's in New Orleans, been craving a good local fried chicken.  Hope it stands the test of taste!


I must try this. 

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

The biggest problem this place has is being only a 1/2 mile from a specific Randall's...

kshilcutt moderator editor

 @ecec My photography skills are probably to blame; the chicken tasted great.

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