Review: Dave’s Hot Chicken heats up Rice Village

Channing Wang / drummer

By Talha Arif and Channing Wang 03/01/22 11:31 PM

Rating: ★★★★½

Dave’s Hot Chicken opened in Rice Village last weekend, and in addition to free shot glasses and temporary tattoos, they delivered fiery sliders and tenders. The location is adjacent to Velvet Taco at 2525 Rice Boulevard and has plenty of Rice decor on their walls to appease their majority clientele.

As self-proclaimed hot chicken connoisseurs, we entered the restaurant with high expectations. Pass Houston Hot Chicken Success, including Yummy’s and Howdy Hot Chicken, are already setting our bar high. Dave did not disappoint; with their high-quality ingredients and generous portions, Dave’s has easily become one of our top hot chicken spots in Houston.



After a surprisingly short four minute wait, we received our order: two sliders and two tenders on white bread. We ordered the hot spice level and the spice coating was visible a few feet away.

The sliders touch all essential categories. The chicken was crunchy but juicy, the coleslaw was fresh, and Dave’s signature sauce added just the right kick. The sliders also seemed to come in a potato bun, a unique choice we haven’t seen elsewhere. However, Dave’s Hot Chicken incorporates another unique and optional addition to their sliders: honey.

We added honey to the top of our sliders, and it was a game changer. Although we’re not fans of the sweet and salty combo, the honey added a tangy aftertaste to the chicken that balanced out some of the intense spiciness felt on the hot level. For spice lovers like us, the level of heat piqued our collective taste buds.

Tenders tasted similar to sliders, but were slightly smaller. We recommend getting the two-cursor meal (Dave’s #2) for $12.99 for the best value. One meal is enough to fill you up and you still have a few leftovers.

The interior is similar to other popular hot chicken restaurants, such as the urban design of Howdy Hot Chicken. Upon entering, you are warmly greeted by several employees with a “Welcome to Dave’s!” While we ate, the employees regularly checked that everything was to our liking. Compared to their other two locations, one in Midtown and the other further up Westheimer, the hot chicken served here seemed to be fresher and their spices had more heat.

Dave’s is one of a host of restaurants opening in Rice Village this year, alongside Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, Pokeworks and Share Tea which will open soon. With their short wait times and flexible hours—they’re open until midnight on weekends—Dave’s Hot Chicken is a convenient place for students, especially when the Yoyo line gets too long.


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