Bojangles, the small East Coast fast food chain that’s developed a cult following for its juicy fried chicken, buttery biscuits, and Cajun-style sides, has set its sights on Houston.
The chain announced an expansion to Texas on Monday, with the first Houston-area restaurant opening in Humble, likely something next year. Locations are also planned for Conroe and The Woodlands, plus another 18 stores for the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
The chain, which was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1977, has gained a loyal following among fried chicken lovers in Southeastern states like Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. In 2018, Eater asked “Why is the South obsessed with Bojangles’ Fried Chicken?” The answer, in part, comes form the chain’s preparation of its chicken, which is fresh, never frozen, and marinated 12 hours before it is hand-breaded and fried.
Bo’s secret-recipe biscuits are another draw. The process of making the biscuits from scratch includes more than 48 steps, and each location has a dedicated full-time employee whose main job is to prep the biscuits, cooking a new batch every 20 minutes so that diners get the freshest, fluffiest biscuit possible.
Similar to Popeye’s, another chain that’s beloved in the South, Bojangles serves up Cajun and Southern-tinged sides like dirty rice, Cajun pinto beans, seasoned fries and pimento cheese spread. But unlike the iconic New Orleans-based chain, Bojangles also offers breakfast all day long, with dishes like biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, and the Bo Berry , a take on the classic Bo’s biscuit mixed with blueberries and topped with sweet icing.
No word yet on a more exact timeline for the chain’s arrival in Houston, but stay tuned to Eater for future updates.