Wilfrid Posted September 23, 2022 Author Share Posted September 23, 2022 Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill fried chicken binge. Because it's years since I ate at a Charles' Pan Fried Chicken. It was a buffet location (he's had a few), and you took a chance on whether the chicken was relatively fresh from the kitchen or had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. There is no danger of this at his 145th Street location, opened last year. It is take-out only; on a Friday evening it was crazy busy, long line, and chicken being served minutes after emerging from those big, bubbling skillets. I wanted to compare it with Village Chicken and Burger on Amsterdam which I've used a few times as it's very nearby. I also tried Texas Chicken and Burger on Broadway, as I'd heard some locals praise it. Charles: Hands down the best. Decent quality chicken, large pieces and meaty; incredibly crisp skin. Despite all the talk of spice mixes over the years, could have been more seasoned. Village: I had been happy with this, but it doesn't survive the comparison. The skin is a little stretchy and chewy. Not bad though. Texas: Fail. Spongy, bready skin, unimpressive chicken. Unsurprisingly, Charles was twice the price of Village per piece of chicken. I think Texas was actually a shade more expensive than Village, but it's all combos there so hard to judge. Pictures to follow. ETA: Nice collards from Charles. I always like the Village coleslaw. It comes in a big tub and lasts for days. The small tub of coleslaw from Texas was mushy. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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