Harold's Chicken Shack #36 | Wicker Park/Bucktown | American, Southern/Soul Food | Restaurant
Wicker Park outlet of the venerable local chain.

Our Review

Anyone new to the vaunted local chicken chain needs to know that Harold's #36 doesn't represent the best that can be had among the 35-some stores within the city limits. True, this place is spotless, and there's no bulletproof barrier separating the patrons from their birds, but some of the brightest and busiest shacks sling the most manky, discouraging poultry outside of a crab trap. Chicken at #36 was puny and overfried; any traces of birdlike flavor evaporated in the grease. Gizzards and livers were similarly overdone, and the hot sauce—the most important accessory to any Harold's bird—was impossibly salty. Many shacks differ day to day, shift to shift even, so I never write one off completely, but I encourage neophytes to visit some in neighborhoods the lifestyle guides pass over before pledging allegiance to #36.

Mike Sula

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