Lucky J’s is fiery phoenix rising to the forefront in Austin, TX

I’m a fried chicken fanatic and always on the search for the perfect breast of chicken. Fried chicken is the quintessential comfort food. You crave it when you feel good and crave it even more when you’re not feeling good. Yes, we have a lot of chain fried chicken restaurants in SoCal, but authentic Southern Fried Chicken is the best. My brother is the biggest fan of Chicken and Waffles. I had my first chicken and waffles experience at Bruxie in Brea. Ever since then, I’ve been a fan of this unlikely combination as well. It’s not a new idea. Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffleshas been serving SoCal since 1975. Wikipedia has a couple of historical stories about when this delight was invented. It could be as early as the 1790s.

Featured on Eat St Season 1, Lucky J’s has been on my mind for years. After years of searching, I think I have found the best fried chicken I have ever had. Jason Todd Umlas started Lucky J’s in 2009 as the Gourmet Food Truck scene started or as trailers (as they call them in Austin) after months of perfecting his secret give or take 17-spice recipe of golden brown fried chicken. Jason has worked in kitchens from New York to Los Angeles. Being in trailer mode, they can cater events like Austin music festivals. But also convenient is their brick and mortar restaurant. With a short drive from downtown, the screaming “phoenix” of chicken-themed artwork shows that you have arrived. The brick and mortar has more than just chicken and waffles. It has a Southern soul food spin and shows off Chef Jason’s talents.

Fried Green Beans with Jerk Jam Aioli uses the same coating as the fried chicken and fried to a golden brown. The coating gave the beans a great flavor and you just can’t stop at having one. The Jerk Jam Aioli was cool, creamy and slightly sweet, but the green beans held their own in the flavor department. But if you need a dip, this was perfect. Thumbs up, way up!

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