Saturday, December 20, 2014

Patio Preeminence

The only patio you need this summer is also a chicken shack

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Sayonara, Big Star. There’s a new patio on the block and it’s bigger, badder, and more fried chicken-er than ever.
 
It’s Parson’s Chicken & Fish, an oasis for everything deep-fried that could possibly be enjoyed outside.
 
The latest concoction from the guys behind Longman & Eagle combines a little surf shack chic with a red and white tile bar, some industrial accents via exposed pipes and vintage speakers, and a whole lot of al fresco space (we're talking three times the size of the indoor bar/dining area).
 
Pull up a picnic table for some salt cod fritters, cream cheese hush puppies, fried chicken and fish (by the piece or the bucket), and other deep fried offerings. There's also chickpea and grilled octopus for those who prefer their arteries pumping.
 
Once you’ve settled into an herb-garden adjacent table with your mountain of fried deliciousness, it's time for the main attraction: the Negroni slushy — served from a constantly churning Negroni slushy machine fueled by Letherbee gin that you are not allowed to steal for your man cave.
 
Still craving that Big Star taco? OK, there's room for that, too, but not on this sunny summer day.

Parson's Chicken & Fish parsonschickenandfish.com
2952 W. Armitage Ave. (at Humboldt Blvd.), Logan Square
(773) 384-3333
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 4 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to California
Scene: A lot like Big Star, but with more fried chicken
Best bets: Fried chicken; fried fish; octopus and chickpea salad
Nearby: Scofflaw; Bang Bang Pie; Katherine Anne Confections

photo courtesy Clayton Hauck

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