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Where to Eat Houston’s Finest Fried Chicken

From Korean fried chicken to classic Nashville style, here’s where to find the best yardbird for takeout and delivery

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Dish Society's chicken and biscuits
| Kimberly Park

There's really nothing better than a plate of crunchy, perfectly fried chicken. Appropriate for fancy dinners, casual nights out, and everything in between, there's no denying the appeal of a juicy piece of fried yardbird. For those times when a fried chicken craving strikes, Houston is home to a ridiculously solid — and ever-growing — assortment of spots to find tenders, wings, and so much more.

From shatteringly crispy Korean fried chicken to Nashville-style spice to classic Southern bird, these 12 Houston restaurants serve up the city's finest fried chicken, all available for takeout and delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barbecue Inn

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116 W Crosstimbers St
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 695-8112
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This neighborhood institution makes all the “best of” lists and for good reason: the made-to-order generously portioned and nationally recognized birds have fed locals since 1946. Choose from all dark, all white or the “Southern Fried” mix of both.

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2. Harold's In The Heights

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350 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 360-6204
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Dig into “KG’s double-brined cast iron chicken” at this Heights favorite that comes with macaroni and cheese and braised greens. Before it is fried, the generous half-bird portion is brined for 48 hours and dredged in a flour and cornmeal batter for maximum crunch.

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3. The Waffle Bus

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1835 N Shepherd Dr Suite A
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 582-5842
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Hit this former food truck’s permanent location on Shepherd for buttermilk fried chicken breasts stuffed between Belgian waffles and coated in the sauce of your choice — go for the fan-favorite ancho chile honey or spicy mayo.

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4. Dak & Bop

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1805 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 516-9316
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A double-dip in the fryer means these Korean fried chicken wings, drumsticks and strips feature an extra crispy skin that pairs brilliantly with five sweet-to-spicy sauces. Try signature soy and garlic or heat it up with Sriracha honey-lime. Order online through Dak & Bop’s website.

5. Mico's Hot Chicken

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1603 N Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 548-6081
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Nashville hot chicken spots are popping up all over Houston, but Mico’s, which opened in late 2019, claims to be directly inspired by the original Prince’s Hot Chicken, founded in Tennessee a century ago. At Mico’s, the menu is basic — take your pick of tenders or a chicken sandwich, in heat levels from none to extra hot, seasoned with cayenne, chili powder, garlic, paprika, and more. Add waffle fries or cole slaw on the side to temper the heat.

6. The ToreOre

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1302 Blalock Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(832) 808-9888

Tucked inside the food court at H-Mart, ToreOre is the definition of a hidden gem. Conveniently, diners can shop while they wait since the extra crispy, double fried, Korean chicken is prepared fresh to order. The 7-piece meal is a mix of boneless and wings and flavors include original, garlic, and hot and spicy which really packs a punch.

7. FM Kitchen and Bar

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1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 804-6006
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The half chicken plate at FM Kitchen is fried to order and worth the wait. FM’s chicken has the quintessential combination: crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Or, for a fried chicken alternative, go for the saucy, spicy wings. Round out this crispy feast with a slew of sides, perhaps mac and cheese and cole slaw?

8. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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1815 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 740-4022
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Memphis-style fried chicken found a home in Houston in 2018, when Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opened up an outpost at Washington Avenue. This place is all about the spicy chicken, rounded out into an excellent meal with sides like baked beans and crispy fried okra.

9. Dish Society

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5740 San Felipe St #100
Houston, TX 77057
(832) 538-1060
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Indulge in the massive fried chicken buttermilk biscuits topped with house gravy available during breakfast on weekdays or until 3 p.m. on weekends. For a more veggie-packed option, go for the crispy chicken kale caesar salad.

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10. The Breakfast Klub

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3711 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 528-8561
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This Midtown icon has arguably the best chicken and waffles brunch in the city. Fluffy Belgian waffles are topped with battered wings that are lip-smackingly seasoned and outrageously juicy. A drizzle of warm maple syrup adds sweetness to the savory for a balanced bite.

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11. Frenchy's

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3919 Scott St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 748-2233
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For quick and legendary chicken it’s hard to beat this local franchise with a recipe inspired by its founder’s New Orleans roots. Expect thin but thoroughly seasoned chicken skin bursting with Creole spices and a range of Louisiana-style sides like gumbo, dirty rice and jambalaya. Takeout and drive-thru.

Frenchy’s fried chicken with french fries, roll, and jalapeno Frenchy’s

12. Jollibee

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8001 S Main St #100
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 665-8914
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The original Houston location of this cult-favorite Filipino chain, near Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome, has been serving up ultra-crispy fried bird since 2013. Jolibee’s signature dish is the Chickenjoy, a bucket of juicy chicken seasoned with a host of secret spices, then breaded and fried to crispy perfection and served with adobo rice. Both locations offer takeout and drive-thru.

1. Barbecue Inn

116 W Crosstimbers St, Houston, TX 77018
Facebook

This neighborhood institution makes all the “best of” lists and for good reason: the made-to-order generously portioned and nationally recognized birds have fed locals since 1946. Choose from all dark, all white or the “Southern Fried” mix of both.

116 W Crosstimbers St
Houston, TX 77018

2. Harold's In The Heights

350 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
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Dig into “KG’s double-brined cast iron chicken” at this Heights favorite that comes with macaroni and cheese and braised greens. Before it is fried, the generous half-bird portion is brined for 48 hours and dredged in a flour and cornmeal batter for maximum crunch.

350 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

3. The Waffle Bus

1835 N Shepherd Dr Suite A, Houston, TX 77008
waffle fried chicken sandwich The Waffle Bus [Facebook]

Hit this former food truck’s permanent location on Shepherd for buttermilk fried chicken breasts stuffed between Belgian waffles and coated in the sauce of your choice — go for the fan-favorite ancho chile honey or spicy mayo.

1835 N Shepherd Dr Suite A
Houston, TX 77008

4. Dak & Bop

1805 W 18th St, Houston, TX 77008

A double-dip in the fryer means these Korean fried chicken wings, drumsticks and strips feature an extra crispy skin that pairs brilliantly with five sweet-to-spicy sauces. Try signature soy and garlic or heat it up with Sriracha honey-lime. Order online through Dak & Bop’s website.

1805 W 18th St
Houston, TX 77008

5. Mico's Hot Chicken

1603 N Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77008

Nashville hot chicken spots are popping up all over Houston, but Mico’s, which opened in late 2019, claims to be directly inspired by the original Prince’s Hot Chicken, founded in Tennessee a century ago. At Mico’s, the menu is basic — take your pick of tenders or a chicken sandwich, in heat levels from none to extra hot, seasoned with cayenne, chili powder, garlic, paprika, and more. Add waffle fries or cole slaw on the side to temper the heat.

1603 N Durham Dr
Houston, TX 77008

6. The ToreOre

1302 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX 77055

Tucked inside the food court at H-Mart, ToreOre is the definition of a hidden gem. Conveniently, diners can shop while they wait since the extra crispy, double fried, Korean chicken is prepared fresh to order. The 7-piece meal is a mix of boneless and wings and flavors include original, garlic, and hot and spicy which really packs a punch.

1302 Blalock Rd
Houston, TX 77055

7. FM Kitchen and Bar

1112 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

The half chicken plate at FM Kitchen is fried to order and worth the wait. FM’s chicken has the quintessential combination: crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Or, for a fried chicken alternative, go for the saucy, spicy wings. Round out this crispy feast with a slew of sides, perhaps mac and cheese and cole slaw?

1112 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007

8. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

1815 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Memphis-style fried chicken found a home in Houston in 2018, when Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opened up an outpost at Washington Avenue. This place is all about the spicy chicken, rounded out into an excellent meal with sides like baked beans and crispy fried okra.

1815 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

9. Dish Society

5740 San Felipe St #100, Houston, TX 77057
Facebook

Indulge in the massive fried chicken buttermilk biscuits topped with house gravy available during breakfast on weekdays or until 3 p.m. on weekends. For a more veggie-packed option, go for the crispy chicken kale caesar salad.

5740 San Felipe St #100
Houston, TX 77057

10. The Breakfast Klub

3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
The Breakfast Klub/Facebook

This Midtown icon has arguably the best chicken and waffles brunch in the city. Fluffy Belgian waffles are topped with battered wings that are lip-smackingly seasoned and outrageously juicy. A drizzle of warm maple syrup adds sweetness to the savory for a balanced bite.

3711 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002

11. Frenchy's

3919 Scott St, Houston, TX 77004
Frenchy’s fried chicken with french fries, roll, and jalapeno Frenchy’s

For quick and legendary chicken it’s hard to beat this local franchise with a recipe inspired by its founder’s New Orleans roots. Expect thin but thoroughly seasoned chicken skin bursting with Creole spices and a range of Louisiana-style sides like gumbo, dirty rice and jambalaya. Takeout and drive-thru.

3919 Scott St
Houston, TX 77004

12. Jollibee

8001 S Main St #100, Houston, TX 77025

The original Houston location of this cult-favorite Filipino chain, near Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome, has been serving up ultra-crispy fried bird since 2013. Jolibee’s signature dish is the Chickenjoy, a bucket of juicy chicken seasoned with a host of secret spices, then breaded and fried to crispy perfection and served with adobo rice. Both locations offer takeout and drive-thru.

8001 S Main St #100
Houston, TX 77025

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