Billy Quon’s Sur
3601 The Barnyard, Carmel | (831) 250-7188, surcarmel.com
Billy Quon’s latest restaurant is simultaneously down-home, chic, modern and all-around beautiful, and the same can be said for the fried chicken. Chef Herman Hernandez’s locally well-known version is made with Mary’s free-range meat, and delivers crunchy, flavorful skin on three tenderly cooked pieces (thigh, wing and drumstick), giving way to the juicy lean protein loaded on top of a fresh Belgian waffle, with half a corn on the cob to boot. Topping options included butter, syrup and lightly-herbed honey.