Hot chicken seems to be, ahem, on fire these days.
Did anyone else notice in that article that Holeman & Finch’s version (which I do not like one bit) is considered an homage to Prince’s Hot Chicken, yet Linton mentions that he’s never had it? That seems odd to me. Also, I went to H&F last night and they changed the hot dog and the wonderful bun to a less wonderful split top style bun. Man, what the hell? The hot dog was perfect! Absolutely perfect. I digress.
Upon visiting the Porter Beer Bar before a Jens Lekman concert the other night, we discovered that they too are offering a hot chicken special – “Smoked hot fried chicken, spicy sauce, asian pear, cilantro white bread”.
We got two orders. As indicated, it’s a more Eastern take on the dish, with a sweet-ish glaze. It’s only a quarter chicken for $13.75, but it’s the biggest damn thigh and leg (the latter stacked on top of the thigh) I’ve ever seen, which is not necessarily a positive. In the pantheon of hot chicken, it’s of average heat. Not wimpy but certainly not formidable.
My friend was telling me he really liked the fish and chips, so I jokingly asked if they would make that hot fish. And they did.
I thought it was better than the chicken – the texture and flavor of the fish lent itself better to the style of sauce. It was really good actually. They should offer this as a special too. I think. What do I know?