Craft House Cooks Up Fried Chicken Sundays (and a Bonus: Butter Cake!)


DANA POINT Craft House is delving deeper into Chef/Owner Blake Mellgren‘s southern roots with the addition of Fried Chicken Sundays, every Sunday starting at 5 p.m. 

Craft House fried chicken is marinated in a red-hued bath of dry rub and buttermilk, giving it a kick, and it’s always crispy-crunchy-delicious. One of my favorite meals my (Midwestern) mom would always make me was fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes and the Craft House version lives up to her standard (and definitely brings back great memories for me, too)!

Chef Blake said he wanted to create an opportunity for families to come together at the dinner table on Sunday evenings before the week begins to spend time together and enjoy a meal.

Each order includes a 3 pieces of Organic Jidori Fried Chicken, veggie of the week, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, cornbread and honey butter for $25.

While #TeamCraftHouse is already known for an array of Southern-influenced dishes (like “The Holy Grail of Meatloaf“), having a dedicated day just for fried chicken in Dana Point is an offering Chef Blake is proud to bring to the community.

“Chicken should only be served two ways. Fried or whole roasted,” Chef Blake said. “And everything tastes better fried. So we cook the best kind of chicken.”

If you love fried chicken but don’t want to stick to just Sundays (and don’t want to wait in that Popeyes line … more on that later), you shouldn’t miss their Knife & Fork Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich. It comes on a cheddar biscuit and is stupid good.


I’d also suggest saving room for dessert. Pastry Chef Miranda is crushing it with treats including “Not Your Basic Pumpkin Spice” Cheese Pie, crazy sundaes and this amazing Butter Cake with vanilla bean gelato and raspberry puree:


It’s. All. So. Good. And definitely worth seeking out in South Orange County.

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