Hill Country Chicken - 1123 Broadway
Hill Country Chicken
1123 Broadway at 25th Street
Reminiscing about grandma’s kitchen or have a hankering for good old fashion formica? Take a step back in time to the brand new Hill Country Chicken. Set in a sweet corner spot on 25th & Broadway, just shy of the Flatiron, this new lunch and dinner joint will take you far away from New York City with it’s cheery buttermilk yellow interior and kitschy napkin baskets.
Oh, and there’s food here too!
If the head-to-toe 1950s renovations got you intrigued, well, it’s not your fault. But your eye will quickly be drawn to the large menu that wraps around the walls above the counter. One whole side is devoted to pies (apple cheddar, whiskey buttermilk, banana cream, peach blackberry … the list goes on). At the other end, if you can wait for dessert, is the chicken menu. (But if you do want dessert, get an ice cream float with Boylan’s Cream Soda!!)
All of the chicken is Bell & Evans and according to the menu is “humanely raised on an all-vegetable diet and air-chilled for superior flavor and juiciness.” The fried chicken comes in two different styles (Hill Country Classic or Mama El’s) and can be purchased by the piece along with a variety of homestyle (and homecooked!) sides. I’ll attest that it’s darn good chicken - the “Chickwich” (coming in at $8 + tax) was indeed juicy and delicious and quite flavorful on a soft buttered bun with a few pickles for a tangy contrast.
If the upstairs gets crowded, you and your lunch-mates can saunter downstairs to “grandpa’s rec room” for additional seating. A beer and wine menu, starting at a surprisingly reasonable $5 and up, will arrive soon. If you’re more of a meat person, you can visit the original Hill Country Barbeque around the corner on 26th Street between 6th and Broadway.
In the meantime, I’ll stay here, testing out all the pies!
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