A Tender Story - It happened over 30 years ago - The Original Golden Tender™ was born. We started using the whole chicken tenderloin (the filet mignon of chicken) to make our Original Golden Tenders™. To guarantee great, fresh taste, we marinate our tenderloins, hand-batter and cook them to a delicious golden perfection. It's been over 40 years since the first Golden Fried Chicken opened in San Marcos, Texas. We feature the best fried chicken, our Original and Still the Best™Golden Tenders, Golden Roast, salads, and the best sides in the business. We invite you to visit and enjoy Golden Chick today!