[Photos: Timothy Hiatt]
"Finally," a sign on the counter appropriately declares, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the delayed opening of Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Although the delay wasn't as long as some other restaurants experience, the wait for Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp's restaurant was much longer than just the construction, having served their food at the Sunday Dinner Club and Green City Market for years. Tomorrow at 5 p.m., however, they will finally open the doors to their own restaurant.
Those doors, just like much of the interior, carries a rustic wood theme. Wood panelling, chairs, and floors present a relaxed atmosphere to match the fast-casual simplicity of the service. A service window peeks into the kitchen; metal baskets sit on the tables to hold silverware, napkins, and condiments.
A sectioned board hangs behind the counter to display the menu, which features vegetable sides, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails; and of course the fried chicken. The whole restaurant feels like a down-home picnic turned hip Avondale eatery. As long as the weather cooperates, enjoy a basket of chicken, picnic-style, on the back patio.