Texas is known for its juicy barbecue, sensational Tex-Mex and oh so yummy comfort cuisine. But, it's also known for good old Southern food, and to us that means fried chicken.
It's a staple at picnic lunches or church potluck meals. The crispy, crunchy buttermilk coating around tender, juicy chicken meat is an undeniable combination. Smother it in white gravy, dunk in ketchup or barbecue sauce, or eat it in its state of perfection. Houston is blessed with a bountiful amount of fried chicken eateries and local restaurants serving up dishes showcasing the deep-fried Southern specialty.
We all know that if you want a solid bucket of fried chicken, you go to Frenchy's. Heck, you can even go to KFC and walk away a happy camper. But, there's also the Rice Box Truck where the fried chicken is served with an egg roll, and new-kid-on-the block Funky Chicken is making a name for itself with its choice of slow roasted or crispy fried chicken.
And who could forget Food & Wine ranking Barbecue Inn's fried chicken as one of the best in America? The cooked-to-order fried chicken has a crust that never falls off of the tender white meat, so each bite is laced with the beautiful golden crust.
But, enough about all of these well-known fried chicken eateries. We want to know who makes the most underrated fried chicken in the city?
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As we have said before, we consider an underrated restaurant or dish to be something that isn't covered by local or national media. We want to know which places make really good food, but may not get enough credit because they're overshadowed by other, more media-friendly spots or because, simply, not many people know about them.
Alternatively, you could consider something underrated if many people know about it, but you think it's better than anyone gives it credit for. In the case of fried chicken, that might be a spot like Popeyes. It's a chain; everyone knows about it. But a lot of people discount it because it's a chain. Maybe you love it, though. That would make it underrated in your book.
Leave us a note in the comments here or on Facebook, or Tweet at us to let us know what you think is the most underrated fried chicken in town and why. If your comments are particularly eloquent, we might feature them in the final roundup. We'll then tally the votes and put it to a runoff poll.
So tell us, Houston: Which spot has the most underrated fried chicken?