Delicious birds are a Southern staple, so it only makes sense that Las Vegas' James Beard Award-winning chef, author and restaurateur Bradley Ogden would open his first Funky Chicken location in Houston—the second one will be in Dallas, the third, in California. Just south of I-10 , the new fast-casual eatery's menu includes chicken prepared in a variety of iterations, including chicken pot pie, soup, pasta and some breakfast offerings: quiche, omelets and griddle cakes that will be available until 11 a.m. In true Southern style, dessert will include a cobbler and butterscotch pudding; see the complete menu here.
Ogden certainly hasn't remained idle since his eponymous Caesar's Palace eatery closed last year. He has plans to open other concepts in Houston. Up next is Bradley's Fine Diner opening in March, which will be in the same shopping center as Funky Chicken and will be similarly laid-back, fast and affordable with vegetarian options and organic ingredients. After that's up and running, sometime around the end of March to the beginning of April, Ogden's upscale pub
Hops & Harvest Ogden Pour Society will open in Gateway Memorial City, the home of recently opened Vallone's and upcoming spots Kuu and the fourth Houston-area Churrascos (opening this Thursday). Expect some desserts similar to Funky Chicken's offerings at this pub, with the addition of heavier dishes including a wood-grilled steak burger. Ogden is opening these concepts with his son Bryan Ogden and Tony Angotti, managing partner for Bradley Ogden Hospitality.
The soft opening for the casual, farm-to-table restaurant Funky Chicken will be will be this Friday (December 6), after which they will only serve dinner for the next several nights. The public grand opening is December 18. The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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