I love goofy holidays that give me an excuse to eat one of my favorite foods in life. There's no Cartman
-esque tendencies here (I eat more than just the skins, thank you very much), but there's something so simple and comforting about good fried chicken. Ask the patrons of Earl Abel's
(1201 Austin Hwy., 210-359-0002) or Mr. & Mrs. Gs Home Cooking (2222 S WW White Road, 210-359-0002) — fried chicken is guilty pleasure for various reasons.
It's homey (without you having to fire up bucket of oil on your stove) and when done well, it tastes just as great the next day. What's not to love about cold bubbles and fried drumsticks on a hot day?
Gather up the picnic blanket, pick up a bottle of bubbly and any of these fried chicken options (from home-cooking to just a notch past fancy) and celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in style.
Bill Miller BBQ
Multiple locations, billmillerbbq.com
If you're not willing to drop a whole lot of dough, but need a solid sandwich option filled with a thick, juicy breast, breaded and fried to perfection that sorta, kinda, really mirrors that of Chik-fil-A's sandwiches (without all the homophobia), go to Bill Miller. Grab a bucket of tea because you'll want to stay hydrated.
1792 S. W. W. White Road, (210) 359-0245
Choose between dark or white meat, classic or lemon pepper, and get geeky with it and order some fried chicken livers or gizzards. Don't miss the okra or the corn fritters at this ultra-casual joint.
726 E. Mistletoe Ave., (210) 437-4263
This one's a bit of an asterisk, because Attagirl technically serves chicken wings. But when asked about fried chicken, more often than not, folks point to this laid-back chicken house with the awesome beer selection. Fill up your growler and take an order or two of the Southern-fried drummies and wings to go. Brined in a spicy buttermilk bath, dredged in a secret blend of spices including paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and black pepper, and drizzled with honey, this friend chicken is quite literally finger-lickin' good.
517 E. Woodlawn Ave., facebook.com/crossroadkitchen
Though it's served out of a window at one of the Strips busiest bars, don't you dare call this bar food. The staff at Crossroads adds an intangible dollop of TLC to every dish and it's even more so evident in their fried chicken sandwich. Served on bread baked in that wee little kitchen, and topped with homemade range, pickled jalapeños and spinach, the fried white meat chicken tenders are juicy and flavorful and delicately breaded. It's scratch-made home-cooking at its best.
803 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 988-3093
Halston Connella had his own sleeper hit this June at the Hot Wells Harvest Feast with his Thai fried chicken, a dish he made for chef pals that came into the restaurant. The recipe calls for a coconut curry spice blend and a squeeze of lime. If you tire of regular ol' fried chicken, this version with Southeast Asian flair should be right up your alley.