The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Fried Chicken
Photo by Jason Kerr
I am far from the first person to rave about the surprisingly terrific fried chicken from Randall's. Our own Jason Kerr -- professional chef and former EOW columnist -- is a fan of the stuff, and we even gave it the Best of Houston® award for Best Fried Chicken in 2010 despite a city full of serious contenders. Of the deep-fried drumsticks and wings we wrote: "You might expect the fried chicken at Randalls to be mediocre, but someone there has a love for crispy, golden-brown, juicy country-fried bliss that cannot be denied."
6. the breakfast klub
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
It's almost blasphemy to eat the fried chicken at the breakfast klub on its own, so twinned is it in the Houston collective subconscious with either waffles or grits. But the wings are what makes the breakfast klub one of the city's favorite breakfast spots, and deserve highlighting on their own individual merits. The batter is supremely crunchy, the chicken brined and juicy, the seasoning lip-smackingly salty and good.
5. The Rice Box Truck
Photo by Nicholas L. Hall Fried chicken that comes with an egg roll? The Rice Box Truck has you covered.
The Golden Doomba is named for owner John Peterson, whose Twitter handle is -- you guessed it -- @goldendoomba. It was his idea to add fried chicken to an otherwise American-Chinese menu onboard the popular food truck. "When I first opened," Peterson says, "there were quite a few people that were always asking for no pork in anything. So I decided to make it easy." At first, the drumsticks were battered and fried using potato starch -- it lent them a distinctly crunchy texture -- but these days, Peterson says, plain old cornstarch is employed instead. Regardless, the drumsticks still taste as good as ever: wonderfully, arm-drippingly juicy inside and crispy, crackly crunchy on the outside.