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It’s officially summer, which means it’s time for your inner child to play. For us, that means making a beeline to Logan Square for Ping-Pong and fried chicken.
And we aren’t the only ones. On a recent night at the brand-new and already jam-packed Parson’s Chicken & Fish, a tattooed hostess told us there was an hour wait for seats at the communal tables inside, the only place where food is being served for now. (The full menu will soon be available outdoors.)
A friend had tipped us off to the delights of Parson’s Negroni slushy--a strong mix of local Leatherbee gin, Luxardo bitters, sweet vermouth and a razor-thin orange peel ($8)--so we passed the time over cocktails at one of the umbreallaed picnic tables on the giant outdoor patio.
For dinner, we opted to perch at the narrow bar rather than squeeze into a booth with strangers (we don’t need a crowd watching us lick our fingers). The bar moves quickly and our fried chicken ($12 for a half-bird) came out steaming hot, with super crunchy skin and juicy meat. Also worth trying: crisp hush puppies stuffed with ham hock and cream cheese ($4) and perfectly seasoned grilled chicken, which the bartender told us was the sleeper hit of the menu. (He was right.)
Go now, before the wait is more like three hours.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish, 2952 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-384-3333 or parsonschickenandfish.com
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