Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hot Chicken

Hipster-friendly fried chicken from the Nellcote guys

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Have you seen that line wrapping around Western Avenue?

It's for free condoms. And also fried chicken.
 
Leghorn Chicken is the new fried chicken restaurant from the Nellcôte guys (yes, they’ve been busy). They've made sure this isn't your typical fast food joint, just a stone's throw from Empty Bottle.

That starts right at the counter, where free condoms are being offered as "Leghorn-branded birth control." Then there are the tatted-up employees wearing "Le Poulet" baseball hats (that’s “the chicken” in French). And then there's the throwback hip-hop and alternative rock bouncing off the antique tiled ceiling.
 
Of course, the block-long lines aren't just for the layout, music, hats, or contraception. It's for for pickle-brined and Nashville hot chicken sandwiches (served on a choice of buttermilk biscuit or soft bun).

Swing by on a Tuesday (near 11a if you want to snag some chicken before they run out) for chicken fat-fried fries (your second new obsession).
 
Drink selection is limited to iced tea and retro sodas alongside the likes of Filbert’s Cream Soda, root beer and Mexican Coke. If you want booze, BYOB or take some to-go chicken across the street to the equally happening bar that is BYO food: Sportsman’s Club.
 
If all this hasn’t sold you on the new chicken movement, nothing will.

Leghorn Chicken leghornchicken.com
959 N. Western Ave. (at W. Augusta Blvd.), Ukrainian Village
(773) 394-4444
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Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 4 (out of 4)
Subway: Blue Line to Chicago
Scene: Local hipsters and fried chicken hunters tasting the coolest bird in town.
Best bets: Pickle-brined chicken breast on a buttermilk biscuit; nori fries; lemon shake-up
Nearby: Sportsman's Club; Stella's Tap; Empty Bottle

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