Well, I clogged my arteries just a bit and ate Golden Bird on one day and Honey's Kettle the next to test out which is best. The verdict ...
The chicken was juicy, and while the counter service is not so great, the management is wonderful. Bought 20 pieces and a slab of pork ribs (St. Louis style). The chicken was moist in the center and crunchy and delectable on the outside. Ribs were great as well. Meaty and moist. Manager said to make sure that you don't put the cooked chicken in a plastic bag but leave in paper bag open. Now, while the chicken and meat are superior, the sides had something left to be desired. Mac and cheese, collard greens, cole slaw, and yams were all not great and wouldn't order again, The breads were not great as well.
Honey's Kettle Chicken was a bit dry for my taste. It needed the honey and hot sauces to make it good. However, I enjoyed the buttery biscuits. My friend said the pancakes and chicken are the best.
When it comes down to it, it is all a matter of taste...for me,
Shin sen gumi beats Santouka and Daikokuya
dinah's beats roscoe's
tacos baja ensenada beats el taco nazo
babita beats la casita
AND Golden Bird beats Honey's Kettle.