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Yes this article has a very baity title, and it was intentional. Long story short, you gotta try this chicken. It’s some of the greatest I’ve ever had. Oh, and half a chicken is way more chicken than should be consumed by one person in one sitting. So don’t do it.
I’d always passed by Harold’s Chickens across the city, but I was staying on campus late one day and decided to pass by the one on 35th and Indiana (often considered the best in the city). There’s not much to the interior - just a few tables and sweet posters and pictures of Muhammad Ali and other influential African Americans. The first thing you’ll notice is that to order, you have to speak to the cashier through bullet proof glass. Now to me, it wasn’t too much of a shocker - some restaurants on the West Side are the same - but to my friend, it caught him off guard. You get a lot of choices for food like chicken, gizzards, and fish to name a few, but for the sake of the review, I’ll stick to the chicken.
My personal recommendation? One-fourth chicken dinner, white or dark, seasoned with salt and pepper, and with mild sauce (either on the side or poured on, up to you). Each dinner meal comes with the main entree, fries, buttered toast, and a little tiny coleslaw cup. For well under $10, it’s one of the best deals in the city. The cooking of the chicken is unique to Harold’s when compared to other popular chicken chains. It’s cooked in a mix of tallow and vegetable oil, and is fried upon order, making it guaranteed fresh. It gives the chicken such a unique, delicious flavor, and quite frankly, makes it hard to find a comparison to, as the chicken is in a league of flavor on it’s own. Popeyes and KFC wish they could hold a candle to Harold’s. The fries are nothing unique, but they are still really good. The toast sits at the bottom of the chicken, so as you eat, it soaks up the chicken flavor, enhancing its taste ten-fold. The coleslaw is absolute money as well - and that’s coming from the guy who’s extremely picky on his coleslaw. And how could I forget the mild sauce? It’s so good that it should be illegal - no kidding. If they sold Harold’s mild sauce in stores i’d keep a whole darn cabinet full of the thing and put it on everything. It has such a different, sweet, one-of-a-kind taste, and other sauces should feel ashamed for not being able to compete against it.
My words can’t do this chicken justice. I’d take a punch from prime Mike Tyson just for some Harold’s. It’s that good.