Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Growing up I was never really a big fan of fried chicken. In college I got into buffalo wings but something about buckets of questionable chicken that had been sitting under the heat lamp all day just did not appeal to me. It wasn’t until a few years back when I tried Art Smith’s famed Buttermilk Fried Chicken that I realized how amazing good fried chicken could be, and that I actually kind of love fried chicken! So…when I heard that Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of the underground Sunday Dinner Club were opening Honey Butter Fried Chicken, I knew this was some fried chicken that I needed to try!
It took us a few months but Mike and I finally made it over to Honey Butter Fried Chicken for dinner. I started with the Avondale Ginger Mule-Molasses, Ginger, Death’s Door Gin, Lime, Mint-this would definitely be perfect to sip on a warm day sitting out back on their patio! We ordered the Honey Butter Fried Chicken (obviously), The Original Fried Chicken Sandwich (Fried Chicken, Candied Jalapeño Mayo, Crunchy Slaw, Buttery Bun), the Pimento Mac ‘n Cheese, the Creamed Corn with Thai Green Curry, and the Schmaltz Smashed Potatoes with Chicken Fat Gravy.
We slathered the honey butter all over the fried chicken and dug in. Everything was delicious; they de-bone the chicken before frying it (except the legs) so you don’t even have to worry about bones! The sandwich was spot on and had a great spicy kick to it. All 3 sides we tried were delicious but my favorite was the creamed corn-I love corn as it is but the addition of the green curry sauce was a bright, tasty spin on an old standby!
Since our first visit I’ve returned again for more Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Creamed Corn, and Mac ‘n Cheese, and I also threw in the Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with with Cilantro and Lime Vinaigrette and the Chicken and Grits (Roasted Chicken Tenders, Buttery Hot Sauce, Roasted Garlic Grits and Chicken Crust Crunchies). I definitely enjoyed the Chicken and Grits but I probably wouldn’t be able to eat the entire dish myself. Aside from the fact that it’s a giant portion, the hot sauce got to be a bit overpowering. Mike loved this dish because he can never get enough hot sauce-to each their own!
The one and only dish I wouldn’t recommend is the Roasted Sweet Potato Salad. Maybe it was an off day, but the vinaigrette was just not good-far too much vinegar and not well balanced. All the other tasty dishes made up for this one miss, though, and I walked away ready for a long, happy nap! Honey Butter Fried Chicken-I will definitely be back for more!
Honey Butter Fried Chicken is located at 3361 N. Elston in Chicago‘s Avondale neighborhood.