I’m not going to lie. I was on the way to Wendy’s for their #2 (regular size, Diet Coke, no mayo) when I saw Mya’s Fried Chicken saddled up to the Super Food Mart at the corner of Pacemont and High Street in Clintonville. I was feeling a little guilty about the whole drive-through thing, and was happy to find a reason to substitute it with a local (and trendy!) business for my lazy lunch.
In a food truck shuffle, Mya’s recently showed up to fill the void left by Ray Ray’s Hog Pit when they moved down to Ace of Cups. They have a basic menu of fried chicken and house-made (truck-made?) sides, and reviews, Tweets and blog posts about the place have been blowing up the internet.
They’re a bit pricey, and the chicken pieces aren’t enormous, but what they lack in size is made up in perfectly crisp, juicy deliciousness. Three cheers for the sauces that complement — rather than cover — the taste of the locally sourced chicken. When asked whether I wanted the accompanying honey drizzle or vinegar sauces to supplement my chicken, I asked which was better. The answer? Both, together. The result was a delightful combination of crispy, sticky, sweet and tangy.
While the biscuit was a bit dry, I enjoyed the mac and cheese and the bacon-laden green beans. It was clear that time was taken to do them “right”; they definitely had a homey feel to them.
(Gratuitous self portrait taken in the reflection of the truck. Includes the feet of the octogenarian woman who raced me from the parking lot to the truck to be first in line. I totally could have won, but chose, instead, to be polite.)
The biggest downside to having excellent fried chicken a few blocks from my house is that they’re only open on the weekends, which means I have four days a week that I may be tempted to head to the burger joint in a pinch. But maybe if you — and I — continue to judge me, I can kick the habit.
Mya’s Fried Chicken
3166 N High St. (corner of Pacemont and N. High Street)
Open Friday through Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.