Hill Country Chicken just opened today. I passed by during lunch and there was too much of a line for me. I figured I’d come back later. First after work, I went with Todd and his friend to Blood Manor haunted house’s dress rehearsal, courtesy of Michael Impollonia. I think he plays the butcher or chef. It was pretty scary and a lot of fun …and there’s 3D! Not quite like Avatar, but just as terrifying. By the way, here’s a $5 discount promo code if you order tickets online: “EN542” —BloodManor.com
Afterward we headed over to Hill Country Chicken. Fortunately, it opens until 11pm. Unfortunately, they were out of a lot of things. But thighs and wings are good enough for me. The staff was super nice and accommodating. They let me try a huge sample of the chicken salad. Very good.
The fried chicken was great. Different from any fried chicken I’ve had before. The breading was heavily seasoned …sorta like a more intense crunchy fried version of Shake ‘N Bake. The meat was moist. The thigh was large. I thought they gave me a breast. I think the chicken had so much flavor that the bit of liver on the thigh was underwhelming and I usually look forward to that part. It was nice they had Fried Chicken seasoning on the side to shake on. Seemed like a salt and Cajun mixture.
Other thoughts: The biscuit and Carrot & Raisin Slaw was just okay. My hands and mouth were a greasy mess. I heard there were arcade games in the basement. Overall the food is pricey. It’s no $1.89 for two pieces and a biscuit at Popeyes. But this chicken is a different beast.
Hill Country Chicken – 1123 Broadway (@ W 25th St) New York, NY 10010
Here’s a video from the Thrillist where they show how they deep fry the chickens. That machine is heavy duty.