Nestled comfortably on the 200 block of Upshur, the grand Hitching Post is a sharp contrast to the dilapidated structures across the street from it. Upon entering, one feels that they have been transported out of DC and into a friendly small town kitchen replete with the nicest woman this side of the Mississippi (thank you Adrienne for making our meal even that much better).
You can order any number of items and be satisfied, but first and foremost, the Hitching Post is about the half-fried chicken. The crisp, juicy skin bursts with flavor, and it is served piping hot. I generally think portion size is an overrated aspect of a review, but here it is truly significant. The half-fried chicken can comfortably feed two and should be enough for three people. The price is $11.75. It is arguably the best deal in the entire city.
The cook at the Hitching Post uses a liberal hand when it comes to butter. Therefore, expect your amazing sides to be quite unhealthy. Of course, you are likely here for fried chicken so you should be expecting a heart attack inducing experience. We went with the spinach (divine), the mac and cheese (very good), and the french fries (decent). I hear that the potato salad is also excellent.
As far as taste is concerned, I think that the chicken is fine but not the subliminal experience described by a number of reviewers. It is very easy to get carried away by the portion size, but I still prefer the taste of the fried chicken at Henry's over the Hitching Post. Having said that, given the Hitching Post's value, it may have actually surpassed both Henry's and Oohhs and Aahhs as the best comfort food restaurant in Northwest DC.
Pros: great value and food
Cons: skecthy neighboorhood at times