Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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Happy Monday, y’all! There are many things I love about my job, but the commute is not one of them. Thankfully, I have a bunch of great train buddies to pass the time with, and we’ve recently started planning after-work outings. Hence, the formation of the Metra Supper Club!

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Every month, one of us picks a location and plans dinner and drinks at a fun new spot. Anh had July, and her choice was Honey Butter Fried Chicken in the Avondale/ Roscoe Village area. I’ve heard so many people talk about this place that I was glad I had a chance to check it out. Also? Fried Chicken!

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Me and Anh

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Laura, Regina, and Keith

So how was it? Well, the fried chicken was indeed spectacular (very crispy, juicy, and fresh). Although tiny, the corn muffins were good; in reality they primarily served as a vehicle for the namesake honey butter (so good that I don’t have words to describe!).

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The negatives for me were the sides, which was a little disappointing (because I love sides! Who doesn’t?). I tried the pimiento mac and cheese, as well as the pomegranate kale slaw made with yogurt. The mac and cheese was so sharp that I could only eat a few bites, and while the slaw was refreshing and a good compliment to the chicken, it seemed like it was missing something to balance the tartness. Similarly, my friends weren’t too impressed with their sides, including the sweet potato salad (served cold), collard greens, and mashed potatoes. The one exception was the corn salad, which everyone liked. In any case, go for their signature dish, and skip the sides! Of note, HBFC uses all locally sourced ingredients, and uses organic and natural products. That’s something I’m very cognizant of, and I don’t mind paying extra for. Additionally, HBFC is staffed with the friendliest staff I’ve ever come across! While you order at a counter, the staff brings everything out to you, and goes above and beyond. Pleasant surprise!

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Also, the backyard patio is awesome! Lots of tables with umbrellas, in a nice garden are with plenty of twinkling lights. Seemed like a fun place to host a party. A+ for ambience!

August’s supper club is being planned by Laura, and then I’ve got September. Any unique recommendations for the Chicago area?

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