Phil’s Chicken House

Chicken Dinner
One of the best

Phil’s Chicken House was opened some 40 years ago by Phil Card, who learned his skills at Endicott’s Chicken Inn. His folksy wood-paneled restaurant is decorated to the hilt with country-crafty nick-nacks (souvenir plates, angel statuettes, lighthouse miniatures) and it attracts customers that range from local families to well-armed state police SWAT teams (who practice marksmanship nearby).

As you might guess by the name of the restaurant, the featured attraction is chicken – slow cooked, and relentlessly basted on a rotisserie until the skin is glazed gold and the meat drips juice. The breast meat is velvet soft; thighs and drumsticks pack a roundhouse flavor punch; wings, which carry maximum marinade, reverberate with exclamatory gusto.

Mr. Card told us that his chicken recipe is no secret; in fact it’s well known throughout the southern Finger Lakes. “It’s your basic Cornell chicken,” he said, referring to a formula developed by Cornell Professor Dr. Robert Baker back in the early 1950s. Dr. Baker’s vinaigrette, enriched with eggs and shot through with poultry spice, is now used as a marinade and/or basting sauce by cooks throughout the region.

While nine out of ten customers come to Phil’s for a half or a quarter barbecued chicken, there are plenty of other square meals on the menu, including pot roast, meat loaf, grilled ham, and steak. There’s a lunch buffet every day and a breakfast buffet on weekends.

What to Eat
Phil’s Chicken House, 1/2 BBQ Chicken Dinner
1/2 BBQ Chicken Dinner
If you travel along the southern tier of New York, south of the finger lakes, barbecued chicken like this is a must-eat local specialty.
Phil’s Chicken House, Chicken & Biscuit
Chicken & Biscuit
Famous for barbecued chicken, Phil's also serves a topnotch plate of chicken & biscuit. The biscuit is underneath the chicken, busy sopping up gravy.
Phil’s Chicken House, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake
Fresh Strawberry Shortcake
When Phil's has strawberry shortcake on the menu, it's usually one of the best dessert bets.
Phil’s Chicken House, Salad Bar
Salad Bar
This is true old-fashioned homemade macaroni salad, and tastes nothing like the stuff from supermarket delis.
Phil’s Chicken House, Blueberry Pie al la Mode
Blueberry Pie al la Mode
Blueberry pie seems like a fitting end to a summer chicken dinner in Upstate New York.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 8pm
Tuesday10am - 8pm
Wednesday10am - 8pm
Thursday10am - 8pm
Friday10am - 8pm
Saturday10am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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