Honey Butter Fried Chicken

One of my favorite topics of conversation is the best places to eat in Chicago. My friends know I have a running checklist in my phone. I fondly refer to it as my dining wish list. I decided to start the Foodie Friday series to share some of my favorite culinary experiences, in Chicago and beyond.

I first came across Honey Butter through a photo Chicago Food Authority posted on Instagram. {If you don ‘t follow her, you should! Quite a few of her suggestions have made the wish list.} When my parents came to visit for Easter I figured it was the perfect time to try this Avondale gem.

FullandFearless_FoodHB2Located on the corner of Roscoe and Elston, the restaurant has a trendy, yet rustic, vibe – a style that’s contemporary in an unpretentious way. With a quick-serve format, customers order their fried chicken, biscuits and sides at the counter. Goodwin, party of three, was a bit over ambitious and each ordered two sides. Word to the wise, size is deceiving here – but we didn’t complain too much after the first bite.

The chicken has a light and crispy fried skin with a kick at the end. We were like Goldilocks the Three Bears, my parents and I. Dad, a spice connesuiour, thought of it more as a pleasant tangy nudge. I, being a lover of all things flavorful but also a fan of keeping my taste buds, thought it was the perfect peppery punch. And my mom, someone who regularly avoids anything remotely spicy, thought it was a bit too much for her palate. So depending on where you find yourself on the spectrum, you may not enjoy it as much as I did.

Now back to those sides. Don’t let the little cups fool you, there is more than enough food to share. My first choice, and only “meh” moment, was the kale and cabbage slaw with yogurt cumin dressing and dried pomegranate. Didn’t love it. But luckily there was plenty to share, so FullandFearless_FoodHB no need for food envy. I mooched some collard greens from my mom. They were savory and sautéed perfectly, with bacon and lemon sprinkled on top that gave them a hint of sweetness. I highly recommend it. Delish. We all ordered the pimento mac and cheese. With Wisconsin cheddar and garlicky bread crumbs on top, it’s possibly the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had. The pimento, while giving me pause at first, was what made the dish so unique and irresistible.

Whoever thought of smearing butter on fried chicken is a genius. I’m pretty sure I slathered that sweet golden goodness on each bite of my corn muffins and chicken. An act that is usually frowned upon, it’s highly encouraged there. In fact, I’d venture to say that at HBFC, if you don’t smear that namesake butter on everything then you’re just doing it wrong.

Honey Butter has a great patio, but unfortunately it was still too early in the season and they hadn’t opened it yet. They serve craft beer and fun cocktails, so I plan on going again one of these warm summer nights with friends. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Auntie says:

    I like it & I don’t even eat meat! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ally Haefner says:

    Those biscuits look amazing. get in my belly…


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