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Goner Message Board / Food & Drink / Chicago people--Harold's Chicken Shack yea or nea?
Posted: Feb 27, 2006 12:47 am
Went to one downstate and I thought it was REALLY good! Have to admit, I personally love fried food with more fried food...such as french fries with the fried chicken. A little white bread on the bottom and pour that habaneroy-french dressingish hot sauce all ovah...

please forgive if this topic has already been brought up before...
Posted: Feb 27, 2006 1:20 pm
i've never been to one but i think they have the best neon signs i've ever seen: a chef running after a chicken with a knife!
Posted: Feb 27, 2006 7:29 pm
there will be one in wicker park soon.
Posted: Feb 27, 2006 7:59 pm
What is the Chicagoan opinion on Soul Food fish/chicken chain, JJ Fish and Chicken? They just opened up 3 of them here in Oakland. I've only had the chicken and catfish so far, but they were both great. I'm always the only white person in there, which is a good sign in these scenarios.
Posted: Mar 4, 2006 5:49 am
...by the way, make sure to get your sauce on the side. don't let just anyone put your stuff on for you!
Posted: Mar 4, 2006 11:42 pm
Why not? I usually get it with hot sauce and find it to be dry, but with sauce on the side you get even less. Harold's is good, but when I lived in dorms there was one near by and all dorm events were "catered" by Harold's, so the halls always smelled like old fried chicken. I still like it, but the smell sickens me so I don't really seek it out anymore.
Posted: Mar 22, 2006 5:52 pm
from the Sun-times

There will be something missing from the counter at the Harold's Chicken Shack coming to Wicker Park -- bulletproof glass.

"It's a new millennium for Harold's," said J.R. Williams, Harold's operations manager. "We want to have a store that fits with the neighborhood."

And in this hip corner of the city, that means those two slices of white bread for mopping up the sauce of a steaming chicken dinner will be going trendy -- we're talking whole wheat bread -- when the store opens April 2 at 1361 N. Milwaukee.

'We want to make it more inviting'

This time around, Harold's Chicken is going a bit upscale, trying to look more like popular sandwich shops. They might even start hawking Harold's chicken sandwiches.

"It's chicken, you know, but we'll do it with a different decor, improve customer service," said Lawrence Nyong, co-owner of the Wicker Park location. "Harold's Chicken is a uniquely Chicago product, and I think for a long time it was not presented in the proper way. We want to make it more inviting."

'Like grandmomma used to cook'

But customers still will be able to getfried catfish, perch, liver and gizzard dinners, just like at Harold's South Side joints.

And the chicken recipe -- made famous after founder Harold Pierce started selling chicken "like grandmomma used to cook" at 47th and Greenwood in 1950 -- will remain the same. It's deep-fried with the same spices, slathered in hot sauce if you wish, and always with coleslaw.

The Wicker Park Shack will stay open late -- past 1 a.m. on the weekends -- to attract drinkers who frequent neighborhood nightclubs.

"The neighborhood is ready for some good bird," Williams said. "There's not a lot of chicken in the area."
Posted: Mar 22, 2006 9:15 pm
well at least people know now which harold's to rob
Posted: Mar 26, 2006 6:28 pm
"It's chicken, you know, but we'll do it with a different decor, improve customer service," said Lawrence Nyong, co-owner of the Wicker Park location.

So basically he's saying that Wicker Park yuppies deserve better customer service than the South Side negros.
Posted: Mar 26, 2006 9:46 pm
So basically he's saying that Wicker Park yuppies deserve better customer service than the South Side negros.

customer service that is equal to their sense of entitlement.
Posted: Mar 28, 2006 5:56 pm
does Wicker Park still have that fancy "soul food" /gourmet restaurant? I can't remember the name because it was a few years back and oh yeah, it looked pretty ridiculous. It featured stuff like ham hocks on a bed of linguine or risotto or things like that. I am no Charlie Trotter, but it seemed kidna silly in a silly sorta way.
Posted: Mar 28, 2006 8:19 pm
soul kitchen. it closed. the new resturant is called 'forno', but the font on the sign looks like 'porno'. can't wait to eat there.
Posted: Mar 29, 2006 10:50 pm
Forno is suprisingly good. Brunch is super cheap (cheaper than Bite), too.
Posted: Apr 8, 2006 7:08 pm
every harold's is different, it's not like a mcdonalds or chipotle where the menus are all the same and everything is made the same way. some places are take out only, some are dine in. in my last job i was the only white guy working with a bunch of black guys from the south side and the topic of which harold's was best was frequently discussed at lunch.
Posted: Apr 16, 2006 4:34 am
Soul Kitchen was the most ridiculous shit ever, four dollars for a fucking Dixie Beer, gimme a break, it's the rolling rock of the South.

But I paid four dollars for it because I like it.

And it was better than the whole rest of my meal combined.
Posted: Apr 19, 2006 5:14 pm
great bruch is at hot spot(awesome huevos rancheros and belgian waffles). i went easter sunday but it was closed and had to settle for flying saucer. you want to eat shit a goat wouldn't touch? order anything at flying saucer.
Posted: Apr 19, 2006 10:31 pm
great bruch is at hot spot
would you shut up about that? seriously! i don't want to have to wait in line for half an hour at yet another brunch establishment, because all your little friends want to eat too.
Posted: Apr 20, 2006 6:18 am
I worked at a library on the south side and JJ's would always donate shit for our halloween and christmas parties for the kids...you know you work in the ghetto when you're serving wings and fries for snacks.
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