Fried Chicken News
The latest hot chicken experience has arrived: The Cookshack, a new fast-casual restaurant at 500 University Dr., has opened with chicken tenders, chicken & waffles, and the currently sizzling chicken sandwich.
The restaurant is located in a space that has a history with chicken, as the former home to Lisa's Fried Chicken, which closed in 2018.
The restaurant claims to offer "Texas-style" hot chicken — is that really a thing? — which you can get it in a variety of heat levels. A basic order is $7 for 2 tenders, choice of side, and a slice of bread.
They do a dry rub and then you get your choice from six sauces that include ranch, sweet heat, BBQ, buffalo, and Cookshack sauce, IE thousand island.
Sides include mac & cheese, coleslaw, French fries, sweet potato fries, spicy "Dragon" French fries and "Texas caviar," aka black-eyed pea salad with corn, tomato, and bell pepper.
In addition to fried chicken, they serve smoked ribs, which you can get solo or in a chicken-rib combo. Three salads include one with chicken, avocado, dates, almonds, goat cheese, tomatoes, and corn; and a chicken kale salad with peanuts, tomatoes, cabbage, mint, cilantro, and parmesan cheese. Sounds good.
They do one great-looking dessert called Aunt Peggy's ice cream sandwich, which is one of those super-thick ice cream sandwiches made with oatmeal cookies and vanilla ice cream.
They also serve fresh lemonade, beer, wine, and margaritas, either frozen, on the rocks, or swirls.
According to a spokesperson for the restaurant, Cookshack is a concept from two veterans of Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen: Mark Rogers, who is also the son of Cheddar's founder, and Stephen Payne. Cookshack being a "concept" means that more locations are in the works.
With all of the hubbub over the recent introduction — and ensuing shortage — of a chicken sandwich by Popeye's, their opening seems ideally timed.
"We had no idea, but yeah, the timing worked out," the spokesperson says.