Local Spotlight

Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead (Part II)

Maybe your friend is obsessed with Cheesecake Factory. Maybe your kids scream for nuggets every time you pass Chik-fil-A (we don't blame them), but you don't exactly agree with their politics. Maybe you're just in one giant, chain-restaurant-filled eating rut.

We've urged you to step away from the big chains in lieu of local alternatives once before in our first Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead post.

Well, we're back at it again with another chance for you and your loved ones to try something new and support the community at the same time.

Check out these local alternatives to popular chain restaurants:

If you like: KFC Try: Haven

After getting a taste of Haven, you'll never want KFC again. You can get a family-sized pack of Chef Randy Evans's heavenly buttermilk-fried chicken -- along with two pint-sized sides, six rolls with butter, and andouille cream gravy -- for $35. The restaurant even offers "Kirby-side" pick-up, which delivers the meal-for-four straight to your car, every day of the week after 5:00 p.m. Try sides like creamed mustard greens with tasso ham, fried green tomato croutons, or pecan-smoked bacon spaetzle alongside some of the best fried (or herb-roasted) chicken in town. Even better? The incredibly juicy and tender chicken is both free-range and organic...this is Haven after all.

Alternate choices: Al Aseel , Frenchy's, Funky Chicken, Toreore (update: closed)

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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