AVONDALE — They've made a business out of putting honey butter on fried chicken.
Now the Honey Butter Fried Chicken folks are putting fried chicken in fried rice.
On Tuesday — one of the two days a week the restaurant at 3361 N. Elston Ave. is normally closed — Honey Butter customers can come to the back door for a takeout meal consisting of a pint of sansho-spiced fried chicken fried rice, an egg roll and a fortune cookie, for $13.75.
It's not quite that simple. The fried rice is dressed up with preserved blood orange, edamame, toasted seaweed and sesame cracker crumbles. The egg roll is stuffed with five-spice cabbage and pickled shiitakes, with a sweet chili sauce for dipping.
Inside the housemade fortune cookies are fortunes written by Honey Butter staff.
They wrote "quite a slew," said Gavin Wilkinson, Honey Butter's social media manager. "It was an open project that all employees could contribute to."
Customers will be able to buy beer while waiting for their order — Tsingtao, Miller High Life ponies and a craft beer to be determined, Wilkinson said — but beyond that, the restaurant won't serve its regular menu.
The takeout operation will run every Tuesday in April. Hours are from 5-9 p.m., or until the food runs out. Entrance is via the back patio on Roscoe Street.
The April menus will be posted on Honey Butter's various social media channels. Expect no repeats.
And for yet another iteration of Honey Butter's fried chicken, Piece Pizzeria and Brewery on Wednesday will bring back, for one day only, its special fried chicken pizza — in addition to the two other special pizzas done in collaboration with Girl and the Goat's Stephanie Izard and Hot Doug's Doug Sohn.
Sohn's Atomic Pizza, Izard's goat chili pizza and the Honey Butter fried chicken pie ran as monthly specials at Piece, 1927 W. North Ave., with part of the proceeds going to Pilot Light, a nutrition education nonprofit started by Chicago chefs.
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