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[Photo: Mike Riccetti]

When queried about it, the affable cashier offered that it was "like Chick-fil-A, on steroids." Though meant as compliment, that phrase does not do much justice to the Crunchy Chicken sandwich ($10.50) at Local Foods in Houston. The crusty exterior of a pretzel bun from the excellent Slow Dough Bakery provides an enjoyable first sensation. A scattering of house-made potato chips on top and ground nuts on bottom give some crunch. Tomato slices, pickled cucumbers, and a touch of buttermilk ranch dressing add moistness and complementary flavors to the tender white pieces of chicken tucked in the middle. With shreds of green lettuce for good measure, this is nothing like a typical chicken sandwich.

Also different here is the emphasis on local purveyors and a unique array of offerings including health-conscious soups, salads and sides like couscous, ratatouille, and jicama and cucumber slaw. The commercial cool setting features exposed bricks and pipes, white tiles back the open kitchen, and inviting banquettes and small tables exist among the pleasant interplay of greens, blues and yellows. Far from a sterile sandwich joint.

Local Foods

2424 Dunstan, Houston, TX 77005 (map)
713-521-7800
houstonlocalfoods.com

About the author: Mike Riccetti is a Houston-based food writer and Zagat editor. He writes frequently about restaurants, food and drink, and occasionally less important topics. Some of his previous stuff is posted at MikeRiccetti.com.

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