Harold's Chicken Shack #2 | Woodlawn | American | Restaurant
Grubby, dark, classic shack that's lost some of its magic under new ownership.

Our Review

The late Harold Pierce was a crafty entrepreneur who in 1950 saw that major fast-food chains were ignoring African- American neighborhoods, so he filled the breach. “I made it because I had sand in my craw,” the Fried Chicken King told the Reader in 1975, and his franchise empire has been expanding ever since. Harold's #2 was my first and previously my favorite: an order of fried yard bird couldn't get any more debauched than a lightly battered but still peppery leg, thigh, breast, and wing bedded on a nest of crispy shoestring fries atop a slice of white bread, then drenched in a bright orange, vinegary hot sauce and boxed, setting off a practically alchemical series of reactions. Alas, since November 2005, Harold's #2 has been under new management. The inside is as dingy as ever, and there are now soul-food sides like mac 'n' cheese, baby lima beans, and greens on offer. But on my visit the chicken itself was puny, the breast was dry, and the fries-grease-bread ratio didn't come close to that of the magical old #2.

Mike Sula

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