Our friend K suggested Hill Country Chicken in NYC for her birthday dinner (her birthday was actually 3 months ago!). You know i never say no to fried chicken, and chicken this flavorful and tender? Awesome!
The place is on the corner of 25th street and Broadway (I’m told that a block down from there is its cousin, Hill Country BBQ; I have to check it out). Anyway, the restaurant has a casual, retro feel. Pastel colors adorn the walls and lighting that look like it was inspired by space satellites. The offerings are laid out cafeteria-style so you can basically point to what you want or pick from the menu boards posted above. It wasn’t crowded when I got there around 6 p.m., but it filled up pretty quickly with professionals getting off work and young families grabbing early dinners.
The chicken is sold by the piece (drum, wing, thigh, breast) and served two ways — classic and mama els’. Went with the classic, the one with skin. It’s your basic fried chicken, seasoned with salt and pepper. Apparently it was soaked in buttermilk first, making it really tender. When you bite into a piece, you get the crunch of the skin and then a burst of juicy flavor from the meat. Didn’t get to try mama els’, which i think is the breaded kind.
Now, one of the reasons K liked the place was because it’s known for awesome pie. Unfortunately, because it was pi day (yep, as in 3.1415 pi), somebody apparently came in and bought the whole lot. So we didn’t get to have pie (though K’s boyfriend valiantly tried to make her dreams come true; most of the good pies, however, would have involved quite a bit of a hike). So what did we have for dessert? That’s for another post 🙂