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Krisp Bird & Batter Lands at Richmond and Fountain View With Fried Chicken Sandwiches Galore

Krisp's Southern fried chicken and waffle sandwich.
Krisp's Southern fried chicken and waffle sandwich. Photo courtesy of Krisp
click to enlarge Krisp's Southern fried chicken and waffle sandwich. - PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISP
Krisp's Southern fried chicken and waffle sandwich.
Photo courtesy of Krisp

Say you're obsessed with fried chicken sandwiches. Say you're also kind of conflicted when it comes to eating them — be it a personal vendetta against calories, a disdain for fast-food ethics or, perhaps more important, a deep-seated terror about how the chicken has been raised. Then you'll be happy to know that Krisp Bird & Batter, a fast casual joint that has just opened today at 5922 Richmond, takes all of these matters into account.

Krisp is the brainchild of local chef Ben McPherson of Batanga and Prohibition fame. Earlier in February, he told Culture Map that his main inspiration for Krisp is none other than Danny Meyer's Shake Shack, a location of which opened in the Galleria in late October of 2016, and which uses non-GMO, ethically sourced ingredients but in a fast-food environment.

Like Shake Shack, Krisp features a menu of GMO- and hormone-free chicken, except in this case, the poultry also happens to be the pasture-raised "wagyu of chicken" raised at Crystal Farms Ranch.

Beyond the bird, the entire menu at Krisp is actually GMO-free, with salads made from locally sourced vegetables, and breads made in house. There are several different chicken sandwich options, including Southern, Southwest and Korean variations, along with a chicken and Belgian waffle sandwich.

The menu also features waffle-cut fries, ice cream, milkshakes, waffle ice cream sandwiches and other  items your children will strongly suggest you order for them instead of the nuggets and fruit cup on the  "healthy kid's menu." The eatery also has Boomtown Coffee, parents, so you're welcome.

Another location is planned for 2400 North Shepherd in the Heights by summer, and the business is hoping to be "Houston’s premiere chicken sandwich concept."

Krisp Bird & Batter
5922  Richmond, 713-239-0329,  Open daily: 11 a.m. to 10

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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.