Longman & Eagle, how we pine for thine chicken divine
#4. We swooned over the fried chicken and waffles ($13) on the menu at Chicago's Longman & Eagle hotel. The hotel only has six rooms, but boy, is their kitchen up to par. Nevermind that breakfast wasn't included in the rate—that may have been the best meal we ate all year.
#3. Anyone up for a little sushi with their fried chicken? No? Well that's ok, as you're welcome to skip the tuna and go straight for the poultry at Blue Ribbon, which opened over at Thompson LES back in April. Luckily, the restaurant serves until 2am nightly, so if it's a late-night hankering you're dealing with (Azealia, we're lookin' at you), they've got you covered.
#2. As it happens, InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta made CNN's list of "7 of America's Hottest Hotel Restaurants." The restaurant? Southern Art (headed up by Art Smith, Oprah's former personal chef). The "must-try dish"? Buttermilk fried chicken with Yukon gold potato puree, garlic green beans, and red pepper gravy ($22). If Oprah likes it, it can't be bad.
#1. Last but not least is yet another Chicago hotel, this time Hotel Palomar, which may strike you as an odd choice. Until you learn (as we did last night) that founder Bill Kimpton (who passed away in 2001) was part of the Kentucky Fried Chicken team when the company went public in 1964. Strange but true!
As a result, we'd recommend heading to Kimpton's Sable Kitchen & Bar, which we featured as one of the Top 5 Chicago Hotels for Foodies earlier this year, and which serves soul-satisfying fare like buttermilk fried chicken & waffles with bourbon maple syrup ($16). Drool. We don't know about you, but this post is making us hungry. Time for an early lunch!
[Photos: Paper Magazine; HotelChatter]