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Hill Country Chicken

1123 Broadway, New York, NY, 10010
nr. 25th St.
212-257-6446

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6
Food: 6
Service: 7
Décor: 7
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83% would go back.

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Disappointing

By bugmenot on 1/9/2013

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

The menu and the room both looked pretty good. It even had decently ample seating, a rarity for a restaurant at that price point in most Manhattan neighborhoods. In short, I was primed to like Hill Country Chicken. But the chicken was dry. If you are going to consume something as artery-clogging as fried chicken, the experience should be transformational. The chicken at Hill Country fell short. It wasn't bad and the pie was quite good, if not quite up to the high standard set by Bubby's. But not worth the calories. If you are looking for an unhealthy splurge, go to Dirty Bird for exemplary fried chicken, or go around the corner to Hill Country BBQ for some real deal 'cue. (Would I go back? I work in the neighborhood and will probably give it another shot. But it isn't worth a special trip to the neighborhood.)

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What's the fuss?

By hallimos on 11/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Had the classic chicken - that was good, chicken juicy and skin quite flavorful. HOWEVER, the biscuit was dry, the coleslaw had no bite, no real flavor and the cheesy mashed potatoes were nothing to write home about. Skip and find another place.

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39 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

I enjoyed it

By mitchmurr on 10/31/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

A few weeks ago I tried what many call the best Fried Chicken in town...at The Redhead. This was far better and way less expensive. I ordered some to eat there and went back to take some home. Yummy. The breast portion was big & juicy but not greasy at all. Very flavorful. The pies were very good too.

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45 out of 94 people found this review helpful.

Not My Grandmother's Fried Chicken

By Ladyny156 on 10/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I tasted both the classic style and the Mama Els style fried chicken. Although I like the idea of this type of chicken restaurant - fried chicken choices, various sides, the pies and Boylan's soda, I was disappointed with the chicken. The seasoning was inconsistent on both styles of the pieces I purchased. I ordered a thigh in both styles. The chicken was moist and fresh. If you like fried chicken with cracker crusts - you'll like this chicken. Since this is a serve yourself location, it's probably not fair to judge service. However, the staff behind the counter had very good energy, was helpful and looked to be friendly and patient. I didn't try the pies and will return to try a few of the pies but I'm not interested in trying the chicken again. Their sister restaurant - Hill Country BBQ is awesome!

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41 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

Chicken's Good Everything Else Meh

By zacharylovesfood on 9/29/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The quality of the chicken here is really the standout. The batter and seasoning definitely need to be tinkered with, frankly, more salt please. We're eating fried chicken here not hummus. The sides are beyond boring and tasteless. Boylan's soda fountain is a great idea. Ice cream is pretty outrageous actually... but the chicken was delish.

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42 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

Chicken great the first time. Not so much the second.

By allisonr on 9/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went the second day they were open for lunch and had to wait in line for 40 minutes. That pissed me off; I thought they should have been better prepared, and I saw people behind the counter just hangin' out. But the chicken was AMAZING. Delicious, juicy, and on my mind for 24 hours. The second time I went, it was about 3 PM, and the chicken was dry. I still had to wait and once again, saw employees hanging out instead of helping. One employee even walked right up and helped herself to her own lunch in front of me while I was waiting to be served. That ranks right up there on the list of unacceptables in a restaurant. I'll try again during a busy time because the chicken was so good on my first visit, but not if I have to wait on line longer than 10 minutes. It would be great if the chicken was better during non-rush times. Hill Country Chicken, I hope you're listening!

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