Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen

Chicken Dinner | Eclectic | Meat-and-Three | Seafood
Worth a detour

I visited Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen in the company of seven friends and so tasted many different dishes. Still, I put only a dent into a monumental menu that includes, of course, chicken (fried, broiled, blackened, and on top of waffles), and also extends to half-pound hamburgers accoutered every which way, red snapper tacos, locally harvested May River oysters, shrimp and grits and candied bacon waffles at breakfast, and more than a dozen true-South vegetables, some of which come directly from the farmers market to which the restaurant is attached.

Vegetables are good enough that it makes sense to select the Field & Fork option, which is four of them, without an entree. Highlights include peppery homegrown rutabaga, oily and intense collard greens, spice-whirled sweet potato soufflé, stout stone-ground grits, meaty little butter beans, and preposterously cheesy broccoli casserole.

Fried chicken is good, even if the crust could be crunchier; but the main dishes I will return for are those scrumptious local oysters, their sparkling marine meat veiled in a well-seasoned crust, and shrimp, which are firm and sweet both fried and broiled.

Eating at Cahill’s feels like eating in a barn. I mean that in the nicest possible way: Imagine going to a happy pot-luck supper at a neighboring farmer’s place. The setting is casual and rustic; the air resounds with energetic chatter among diners who all seem to be having a wonderful time.

What to Eat
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters
Golden-crusted May River oysters
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Fried Shrimp Basket
Fried Shrimp Basket
Foreground: fried shrimp; in back: broiled and blackened shrimp
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Hushpuppy
Moist-centered, crisp- crusted hushpuppy
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Fried Okra
Fried Okra
Every meal should begin with or be accompanied by fried okra.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Bits of jalapeno give pimento cheese a kick.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Rutabagas
Rutabagas are essence of the swede – earthy and pungent.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried bologna sandwich includes sweet onion, mayo and mustard.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli casserole is more about cheese than broccoli.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Butter Beans
Butter Beans
Hefty little butter beans
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Cherry Cobbler
Cherry Cobbler
Rib-sticking cherry cobbler
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Fried Chicken Dinner
Fried Chicken Dinner
Fried chicken is the star of the menu.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Cahill's collards are potent greens – agreeably bitter, dense, and tender.
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Grits
Stone-ground grits
Cahill’s Chicken Kitchen, Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
Lightweight strawberry shortcake
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 3pm
Monday8am - 7pm
Tuesday8am - 7pm
Wednesday8am - 7pm
Thursday8am - 7pm
Friday8am - 7pm
Saturday8am - 7pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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