This fried chicken will knock your socks off. In fact, it’s the best we’ve ever had.
Owner and Chief Cook Vincent Williams has been perfecting his chicken recipes for many years and zillions of chickens. He opened his first Honey’s Kettle in Compton in 2000 and his Culver City location this January. Along with his wife Arlene, the pair has brought kettle cooking back to the frontlines.
Picture your ancestors in Colonial America, say around 1650, cooking stews in big black kettles. That’s about where kettle cooking began before being enhanced in the South to make fried chicken. Not only has Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken brought us a slice of Americana, it’s brought back a way of life, a way of cooking that will send you over the moon.
The kettle-fried process has undergone a lot of revamping over the years. At Honey’s, traditional black kettles have evolved into deep kettle drums made of heavy gauge stainless steel that allow extreme heat and fire to tenderize the chicken and lock in the natural juices. The specially created batter "creates a marvelous, crackling, crisp, non-greasy chicken, bursting with flavor."
With your chicken you will ingest the best biscuits in the world, served with honey. These are such a treat that they have their own spot on the menu, "Coffee Break" with hot biscuit, honey and coffee. Take home a package of Honey’s Kettle Buttermilk Biscuit, Pancake and Waffle mix along with some Vermont Maple Syrup.
Every item here is exemplary. Try the kettle-style veggies. Also excellent are the catfish, salads in every color of the rainbow (including chicken salad) and coleslaw. Everything is made fresh. Warm pies are sweet potato, pecan, apple, peach and blackberry. Top it off with special ice cream. There’s even a root beer float to pique your sweet tooth. They also make the best lemonade. Naturally, Honey’s has its own secret sauce, hot sauces, tarter, fries and pickles.
At Honey’s, they want your food to be warm, wonderful and fresh, so give them a few minutes to cook and prepare it. You’ll appreciate the effort. The place is always busy and for good reason. Prices are extremely reasonable and the staff is terrific. Once is not enough when it comes to Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken. Eat in, or get it to go. Their goal is to be a 100-year-old company and they are well on their way.
Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken is located at 9537 Culver Blvd., in Culver City, (310) 202-5453. For more information, visit www.honeyskettle.com.