Harold’s Chicken

Chicago's Own Chicken & Ice Bar

Since 1950, Harold’s Chicken Shack (also referred to as Harold’s Chicken) has been Chicago Institution, particularly on the South Side of Chicago, and is well known for its uniquely prepared chicken and special sauces.

Our founder, Harold Pierce, an African-American Chicago Business Man, developed the character of Harold’s primarily out of necessity, because the larger fast food chains tended to avoid the African-American neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. At that time, the legal and social obstacles in Chicago prevented Harold’s, and other black-owned businesses, from expanding into the downtown Chicago area, or the North Side of Chicago. As a result, Harold’s became one of the few examples of a thriving fast food chain that was owned by, and primarily served, the Chicago African-American Community.

In recent years, however, Harold’s Chicken has expanded not only on the South Side of Chicago and Suburban areas, but also on the West Side, and more recently on the North Side and in the downtown areas of Chicago. Harold’s Chicken locations have also been opened in Northwest Indiana, Detroit, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Madison (WI), Dallas, and Nashville, Tennessee (opening in 2014).

In June 2012, Harold’s re-opened its doors in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia, as “Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar”. Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar was the first Harold’s franchise to transition from the traditional, informal “Harold’s Chicken Shack” which consisted of chicken primarily served as take-out orders by Harold’s employee’s, standing behind bulletproof glass windows (a necessity in light of many Harold’s locations in “rough” neighborhoods in Chicago), to a more traditional sit-down, sports bar atmosphere, with a full bar … serving beer, wine, and traditional and specialized cocktails. Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar in Atlanta has served as the model for other similar locations that are now open in the city of Chicago (Harold’s Bar & Grill), and the soon-to be new location in Nashville, Tennessee.

Despite its location being over 700 miles away from its birthplace, Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar has made it a point of emphasis to maintain that same tradition of deliciously Chicago-style flavored chicken & fish dinners, drizzled in its signature soaking mild and hot sauces (imported weekly from Chicago), and thus continuing the 60-year rich tradition that native Chicagoans, residing in Atlanta or other cities as well, typically can only experience during return visits to the city of Chicago.

1 review

  1. Great Chicago Chicken but expect not-so-great service




    Being from Chicago and knowing that not all Harold’s is created equally, this Harold’s is really good! I get the feeling of home whenever I eat the chicken and fries with mild sauce on both, but love that I can sit and eat it in a chill atmosphere with music and alcohol. The service is pretty bad though. I don’t think it’s intentional though, I think they just need better training. I’ve had multiple servers there and they are quite forgetful and sometimes get the order wrong. Expect to wait 10 min before your server even acknowledges you. Then, unless they are taking your initial order or bringing out the food, you’ll never see them again to get a refill or the check. And have that credit card ready when placing an order over the phone for take-out.

    Still, I love the food and will continue to come back and tolerate the not-so-good service.

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Edgewood Avenue Southeast 349
Atlanta 30312 GA US
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Mon-Wed: 11am to 10pm Thurs: 11am to 1am Fri-Sat: 11am to 3am Sun: 11am to 10pm