Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Cedar Park offers much more than its signature dish

Leander residents Calvin Daily (left) and son Quinlan enjoy a late lunch at Lucy’s Fried Chicken on a recent Friday afternoon.
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Leander residents Calvin Daily (left) and son Quinlan enjoy a late lunch at Lucy’s Fried Chicken on a recent Friday afternoon. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Leander residents Calvin Daily (left) and son Quinlan enjoy a late lunch at Lucy’s Fried Chicken on a recent Friday afternoon. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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According to managers, some of Lucy Fried Chicken’s best sellers include: (clockwise from top right) bucket o’ chicken, ruby red trout salad, raw oysters and a juicy lucy. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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According to General Manager Doug Baker, Lucy’s Fried Chicken’s most popular mixed drink is the juicy lucy, a frozen watermelon margarita with a sugar/salt rim and lime. BRIAN PERDUE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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Restaurant operations manager Alan Richardson wants foodies to know at least one thing about Lucy’s Fried Chicken, a locally owned chain that opened its fourth location in Cedar Park on July 1, 2018.

“Chicken’s in the restaurant name, and we’re known for that,” he said of the eatery also known for oysters. “But we’ve got so much more great food.”

From the beer-battered cod in the fish and chips to the juicy pork loin sandwich—to healthier options such as the ruby red trout salad—Richardson said Lucy’s Fried Chicken has an eclectic menu that can please almost every taste, even those of picky children, with whom chicken tenders often reign supreme.

Richardson said the Cedar Park location—on 401 E. Whitestone Blvd. and just east of the Bell Boulevard intersection—offers a central meeting place for those going out on the town.

“We’re also right by the H-E-B Center [at Cedar Park], so if you’re going to see a hockey game or a concert, pop in before and pre-game,” Richardson said.The idea behind Lucy’s Fried Chicken began 12 years ago, according to Richardson. Chef James Holmes—who co-owns the Lucy’s chain with his wife, Christina—opened Olivia in Austin and began serving picnic fried chicken during weekend brunches.


In 2011, Holmes opened the first Lucy’s Fried Chicken in South Austin, followed in 2013 by a second Lucy’s in Northwest Austin. In 2015, Lucy’s on the Lake in West Austin opened.Last year, Cedar Park came online. General Manager Doug Baker welcomes newcomers to the new location.

“We’re a chef-driven, fun and causal restaurant with a [made from] scratch menu,” he said. “If you’re not sure what to order we can guide you.

“We’ll take care of you.”
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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