100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 47, CFC Deviled Eggs at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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Two words: Bacon jam. Three words: Chicken fried chicken. Four words: I want it now.
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape.

Here are some things I love: Really crispy fried chicken, deviled eggs, maple bacon.

Here is where you can get all three of those things in one delicious dish: Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

Though the restaurant may be better known for its oysters, fresh seafood or lobster mac and cheese, the CFC (chicken fried chicken) deviled eggs are a delectable exercise in restraint. Fancy deviled eggs with all the fixings could be completely over-the-top and too rich and complicated to enjoy. Or they could be exactly like the two varieties of gourmet deviled eggs at Liberty Kitchen.

The menu offers up CFC deviled eggs or fried oyster deviled eggs, both of which are great. But the CFC eggs come out on top for one major reason: bacon jam.

Liberty Kitchen's bacon jam is made in-house (it's also served at BRC Gastropub), and according to chef Travis Lenig, it's the bacon jam -- in addition to a few other creative takes on soul food -- that keep people coming back to Liberty Kitchen. Lenig says the jam, a fragrant mix of crunchy candied bacon and tomatoes, was invented by Liberty Kitchen's culinary director, Lance Fegen. I'm told it's expensive to make due to the insane amount of bacon that gets cooked down into every bite.

But while the bacon jam leaves the greatest lasting impression, the tiny topping of fried chicken is no throwaway garnish. Each piece is small enough to fit atop a slightly spicy deviled egg, and in spite of being surrounded by the juicy jam and moist deviled egg yolk, the outside stays crunchy while the meat on the inside is smoky and nearly melt-in-your-mouth.

Then there are the eggs themselves, which are ideal in their simplicity. A little mayo, a little paprika, a little Tabasco, and voila! Just like mom used to make.

Of course, if mom had topped her deviled eggs with bacon jam and crunchy fried chicken, I imagine we would have been invited to a lot more potlucks.

The list so far:
No. 48: The El Real Burger at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe
No. 49: Custard Sandwich at Petite Sweets
No. 50: Black Pepper Beer Lobster at Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant
No. 51: Red Dragon Roll at Michiru Sushi
No. 52: Fried Bananas Foster at Custom Confections
No. 53: Bánh Canh Hue at Simply Pho
No. 54: Kimchi Koagie at Koagie Hots
No. 55: The Juicy Lucy Burger at Lowbrow
No. 56: Eggplant Fries at Batanga
No. 57: Macarons at Ganache Dessert Bar
No. 58: Grilled Cheese at The Golden Grill
No. 59: Baklava French Toast at Harry's Restaurant & Cafe
No. 60: Patata e Funghi Pizza at Pizaro's
No. 61: Old Fashioned Frito Pie at Armadillo Palace
No. 62: Korean Spiced Brisket Plate at Revival Market
No. 63: Bánh Mì at Les Givral's Sandwich and Cafe
No. 64: Squirrel Master Burger at Cottonwood
No. 65: Shorty Mac at H-Town StrEATS
No. 66: Enchiladas de Mole at La Guadalupana
No. 67: Bad Ass Hambur-Torta at Pistolero's
No. 68: Green "Hurry Curry" at Nit Noi
No. 69: Dozen Raw Oysters at Pappas Seafood
No 70: Banana Split at Cloud 10 Creamery
No. 71: Lazy Lane Frites at Brasserie 19
No. 72: Chicken Pot Pie at Kenny & Ziggy's
No. 73: Chili Cheese Mac from Jus' Mac
No. 74: Taco al Pastor at Taco Keto
No. 75: 'Date With a Pig' at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
No. 76: The Heights Burger at Gratifi
No. 77: Lamb Lollipops at Américas
No. 78: Mortadella Sandwich at 13 Celsius
No. 79: Carnissima Pizza at Coppa Osteria
No. 80: The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch
No. 81: Catfish and Grits at The Breakfast Klub
No. 82: Grilled Ahi Tuna at St. John's Fire
No. 83: Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches
No. 84: Greek Burger at Hubcap Grill
No. 85: Pork Tamales at Irma's
No. 86: Ham, Egg & Cheese Crepe at Melange Creperie
No. 87: Crab Daddy Bao at Fat Bao
No. 88: Sesame Soft Balls at Golden Dim Sum
No. 89: Porchetta e Fagioli at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 90: Uncle Daryl's Cake at The Chocolate Bar
No. 91: Lobster Cake Benedict at Sorrel Urban Bistro
No. 92: Homeroom at Bernie's Burger Bus
No. 93: Vuelve a la Vida Soup at Connie's Seafood
No. 94: Foie Gras Mac & Cheese at BRC Gastropub
No. 95: Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Brooklyn Athletic Club
No. 96: Chicken and Waffles at Adair Kitchen
No. 97: Soft Pretzel from Mongoose Versus Cobra
No. 98: Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi at Chi'Lantro
No. 99: Almond Croissant at Phoenicia
No. 100: Bangkok Fries at Boheme

Location Info

Liberty Kitchen

1050 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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