Does Austin really need more fried chicken? As restaurants across the country have attempted to capitalize on our hunger for comfort staples, there’s a danger of laziness, heavy-handedness or misdirected creativity. But when those dishes are executed with a deft touch, as at East Austin restaurant Pitchfork Pretty, you realize just how great they can be. Pitchfork Pretty delivers thoughtful, surprising and some downright thrilling dishes.

Go to mystatesman.com to learn more about what "Hill Country cuisine" means at this restaurant — and about their spectacular fried chicken.