Best Fried Chicken - 2006
Hard Knox Cafe
Hard Knox Cafe is cheap and good. For $9 you receive three pieces of fried chicken (small birds, in a light peppery batter, fried to order), two tender corn muffins, and your choice of two sides from a list of a dozen. We also like the buttery-soft short ribs, the baked turkey wings, and the Cajun meatloaf, but the fried chicken is our favorite dish. The small cafe, lined in corrugated metal, is run by a young Vietnamese couple raised in Texas. One wall is lined with small but comfy red leatherette booths, opposite counter seating. If you get your fried chicken to go, the Styrofoam box will come with carefully clipped corners, to let steam escape and, ideally, keep the skin crisp; regardless, the meat remains moist and juicy.