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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    The Great Midwest, Illinois to be precise

    Default When in Chicagoland...Eat Chicken

    Chicagoland may be known for pizza, hot dogs, and Italian beef, but the Chicago Tribune, in an article titled "Cluck-worthy Chicken" by Kevin Pang, begs to differ.

    He and his cohorts' search was to "find a perfectly crispy, breaks-the-silence crunchy, juicy and beyond flavorful piece of fried chicken that would make the hairs on our arms stand up as straight as Colonel Sanders' cane."

    They focused on restaurants serving buckets or eight piece portions. The place couldn't serve just wings or strips and evidently, they didn't care much for broasting. (Personally, I've had broasted chicken and it is great.) The restaurant also had to specialize in chicken,

    A list of 13 was compiled and it was winnowed down to six. In one day, a panel of four visited all six and ordered.

    At 11 AM they went to Harold's Chicken Shack #62 at 636 S. Wabash (there are 65 in the Chicago area).

    At noon it was Pollo Campero at 2730 Narragansett.

    At 1 PM they sat down at the KFC at 748 W. Diversey Pkwy.

    An hour later, Evanston Chicken Shack at 1925 N. Ridge Ave in Evanston, was visited.

    At 3, Brown's Chicken (a local chain) at 236 Ogden Ave. in Downer's Grove, was the target.

    Last stop was at a Route 66 favorite, White Fence Farm, but not the original one. I didn't know they had multiple locations. This one was at 5005 Fairview Ave. in Downers Grove.

    Their final ratings:

    Bronze: Evanston Chicken Shack
    Silver: White Fence Farm
    Gold: Harold's Chicken Shack

    As a Rt 66 person, I'd like a recount. I think it being the last stop in a long day of chicken-eating might have had something to do with White Fence Farm coming in second.

    They also ordered sides to go with the meal. Their favorites:

    creamy cole slaw- White Fence Farm
    mashed potatoes and gravy- White Fence Farm
    fried okra- Evanston Chicken Shack
    corn fritters- Brown's Chicken
    hush puppies-Harold's Chicken Shack
    campero beans-Pollo Campero

    When in that chicken.

    Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default 4th Food

    Thanks for the Tips RoadDog.

    There's nothing better than Fried Chicken in the 4th of July Picnic basket, in fact we're frying some up at home right now.

    However, I think I found the one flaw in the study. They really should have also taken buckets to go and found out which chicken tasted best cold the next day.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    The Great Midwest, Illinois to be precise

    Default Cold Chicken...mmm Good

    You're right. I'm fond of that cold chicken. Hey, I also like cold pizza and steak.

    Another good place to eat chicken in Chicagoland is Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket on Route 66 out in the burbs.

    I neglected to say that my favorite large chain place for chicken is Popeye's. Not only is their chicken great, but also their catfish and when they have crawfish. Another highlight is the Cajun, second line, Dixieland, and zydeco music playing while you enjoy your meal. We're not even going to talk about their red beans and rice!!!! Oh yeah, also those melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. As Andy would say, "Gooooooooddddddd!!!"

    Keep eating that Chicken Down that Two Lane Highway. --RoadDog

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