Last week, we reviewed Aura, an upscale restaurant run by Chef Frederic Perrier and his wife Michelle. This week, our foodie adventures take us to Chef Perrier’s fast casual restaurant — Hoggs n’ Chicks – A Fine Food Shack. We’ve visited Hoggs n’ Chicks 3 times in the last 2 weeks, so I think it’s safe to say that we like it quite a bit!
Hoggs n’ Chicks is located on Highway 6 in Missouri City, directly across from the entrance to Sienna Plantation via Sienna Parkway. The name of the restaurant doesn’t make it sound particularly appealing, but the “fine food shack” moniker works. There is a chandelier hanging from the unfinished ceiling, and the kitschy chicken and pig decor is fun. At the same time the dining room is spacious, open, and brightly lit since there are windows on two sides of the room.
As seems to be all the rage these days, you place your order at counter, get a number placard to place on your table, help yourself to fountain drinks and wait for your food to be brought to your table by one of the friendly servers. Beer and wine are also available, as well as bottled water, milk, and juice for the little ones.
There are booths along the walls, and tables in the center of the dining room. There are a couple of TVs around the room, usually broadcasting a sporting event.
The menu at Hoggs n’ Chicks has as variety of choices around their “Southern Fried with a French Twist” theme. Options range from “small bites” that can serve as appetizers for sharing or a light snack for one person, up to big plates of food to satisfy the heartiest appetite. As with most counter service places, the first visit can be a little overwhelming. There are laminated menus at the cash register to give you a chance to review your options before ordering.
Get ready for lots of food photos — this post combines photos from all of our visits to Hoggs n’ Chicks.
Let’s start with sangria! There are 2 options — regular or “tropical.” My husband tried them both on separate occasions. Though he is not usually a white wine drinker, he liked the tropical sangria better. It was slightly sweeter and more refreshing than the red-wine based sangria.
The first thing I tried was the OhMyGosh! Sandwich. It features pulled pork, pork loin, bacon, and pork belly with chipotle mayo on a freshly made bun. I took one bite and exclaimed….wait for it….”Oh my gosh!” I chose a side order of onion rings, which are heavenly. The batter is crispy, thick, and well seasoned. One side order is definitely big enough to share.
I have also tried the Kick A burger, which comes with a choice of American or Provolone cheese, bacon, grilled mushrooms, avocado, jalapeno and mushrooms. I chose bacon, avocado, provolone and grilled onions. The burger comes in 4 oz. or 8 oz. sizes, and the burger temperature is cooked to order. Since I wasn’t very hungry on the day I ordered the burger, I appreciated the choice of a smaller 4 oz. burger. The burger was well seasoned and tasty. I liked the choices of more unusual toppings. On my burger, the smoky provolone, salty bacon and creamy avocado were a nice combo.
I have also tried the cornmeal crusted catfish. This was seriously the hugest piece of catfish I’ve ever seen. The crust was very crispy, and fish was sweet and tender. It came with tartar sauce, and I wish they also offered cocktail sauce. Nonetheless, the fish was very good. It can also be prepared blackened or grilled.
The kids like the beef sliders (also available in chicken or pork). There are two sliders in an order, and the kids’ meal comes with a choice of side dishes. We’ve tried fries and macaroni & cheese. Kid #2, my mac & cheese guy, loves the dish here. It is creamy and rich. The sliders are well seasoned, and you can tell they are made from good quality meat. The fries are hand cut, and reminded us of Five Guys.
On our latest visit, we tried one of the “small plates” — the pot stickers. There are 6 dumplings to an order, and they are served with soy sauce and plum sauce. The outside of the dumplings were nice and crispy, and the dumplings were pretty tasty.
On weekends, brunch is available. And on Sundays, breakfast is served all day. Kid #1 decided to try the HNC Breakfast Plate for dinner! It comes with comes with 2 eggs, hash browns, toast, bacon and tomato. Well, it was supposed to come with hash browns, but I think they ran out and so they substituted ham. He also ordered his meal sans tomato. Kid #1 loved his breakfast/dinner, and the portion was sizeable.
Finally, we have tried 2 desserts — the white chocolate bread pudding and the Killer Cobbler. The bread pudding wasn’t anything special. No flavor especially stood out to me. I thought the best part was the scoop of ice cream on top. The peach cobbler, on the other hand, was quite good. It was nice and hot, and the crust was just the right thickness.
I had heard some good reports about Hoggs n’ Chicks, and I’m disappointed only that we didn’t go check it out sooner! We love it here — the food is a notch above your typical counter service place. The atmosphere is relaxing, the food is fantastic, and you can get in and out relatively quickly if you’re in a bit of a hurry.
Have you tried Hoggs n’ Chicks? Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it as much as I did!