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Southern fried, Tennessee hot, buttermilk battered: we want it all.
Southern fried, Tennessee hot, buttermilk battered: we want it all.
Joy Summers

10 Fried Chicken Dinners to Eat Right Now

Whether coated in spicy sauce or simply a plate of crispy fried, juice, and glory, these are winner dinners

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Southern fried, Tennessee hot, buttermilk battered: we want it all.
| Joy Summers

We have entered the modern fried chicken age and chefs around the Twin Cities are battering up for a serious showdown of who cooks the bird best. From special chicken dinner nights to a daily, near-religious ritual of feasting on the buttermilk soaked bird, it's a joyous time to be a lover of crispy poultry.

Our selections are listed below in geographical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lyn 65

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6439 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55423
(612) 353-5501
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Lyn 65 in Richfield has been known for it’s fried chicken dinners from the moment the Richfield restaurant started serving it. The hard-crack crust covers that succulent yard bird served alongside coleslaw, collards and a biscuit.

2. Revival

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4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

The South Minneapolis fried chicken phenomenon has earned its national limelight. Chef Thomas Boemer took inspiration from the Southern mamas he grew up around with tender, buttermilk marinated, perfectly seasoned, super juicy fried chicken. Spice lovers have to try it dipped in the Tennessee Hot sauce and sadomasochists will love the blow-your-head-off-hot Poultrygeist.

Katie Cannon

3. Smack Shack

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603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 259-7288
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People come for the lobster rolls, but regulars of this massive North Loop restaurant know that the Southern fried chicken dinner at Smack Shack is a can't miss dish. Get it with the savory sides for dinner, or try it with waffles during weekend brunch.

4. Mama Sheila's

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3744 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 584-3690
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Fried chicken at a soul food restaurant comes with high expectations and Mama Sheila’s delivers on all fronts. Grab a fistful of napkins before digging into this crispy, deep fried, perfectly seasoned bird. The room is an elegant ode to Mama Sheila and her love of music.

5. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1378
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The tangy good secret of this fried chicken comes from the pickle brine. The salty, sweet solution tenderizes the meat and gives this dish an irresistible distinction inside a South Minneapolis dive bar. Fans of chef Doug Flicker might remember this dish from Friday specials during the summer at his seasonal beachside spot, Sandcastle. The legend of the chicken landed it on this spot’s menu full time.

Get it by the bucket
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6. Rooster's BBQ Deli

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979 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-0969
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Slide into one of the very limited seats inside this tiny spot on Randolph near 35E for a fine example of what broaster chicken ought to be. Seasoned salty crust with juicy meat. Plan ahead for summer gatherings, Rooster’s does a serious catering business.

That chicken painted on the side of the building has a right to look nervous
Rooster’s BBQ [Official]

7. Dixie's On Grand

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695 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-7345
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Aggressively seasoned and hard fried in the most alluring way, Dixie’s on Grand is serious on the fried chicken front. This Cajun restaurant on Saint Paul’s shop-dense Grand Avenue also has a fine selection of whiskeys to pair with the bird.

Delta style fried chicken
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8. Pollo Campero

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1572 S Robert St
West St Paul, MN 55118
(651) 306-2091
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This national chain has a rabid following for its fried chicken and this is the Twin Cities only outpost. Broasted and battered, the soft heat blooms with each successive bite.

9. The Coop

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157 3rd Ave S
South Saint Paul, MN 55075
(651) 455-7566
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This neighborhood joint has a fryer and knows how to use it. The crispy fried chicken dinner harbors that snappy skin and super juicy meat we're always craving.

10. 4 Bells

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1610 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 904-1163
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After a brief absence, the legendary fried chicken at 4 Bells, overlooking Loring Park, is back on the menu and better than ever. Tender brined bird is fried into a crispy coating and served with an herbal sweet honey glaze.

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1. Lyn 65

6439 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55423

Lyn 65 in Richfield has been known for it’s fried chicken dinners from the moment the Richfield restaurant started serving it. The hard-crack crust covers that succulent yard bird served alongside coleslaw, collards and a biscuit.

6439 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55423

2. Revival

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Katie Cannon

The South Minneapolis fried chicken phenomenon has earned its national limelight. Chef Thomas Boemer took inspiration from the Southern mamas he grew up around with tender, buttermilk marinated, perfectly seasoned, super juicy fried chicken. Spice lovers have to try it dipped in the Tennessee Hot sauce and sadomasochists will love the blow-your-head-off-hot Poultrygeist.

4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

3. Smack Shack

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

People come for the lobster rolls, but regulars of this massive North Loop restaurant know that the Southern fried chicken dinner at Smack Shack is a can't miss dish. Get it with the savory sides for dinner, or try it with waffles during weekend brunch.

603 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. Mama Sheila's

3744 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Fried chicken at a soul food restaurant comes with high expectations and Mama Sheila’s delivers on all fronts. Grab a fistful of napkins before digging into this crispy, deep fried, perfectly seasoned bird. The room is an elegant ode to Mama Sheila and her love of music.

3744 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407

5. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Get it by the bucket
Bull’s Horn/Facebook

The tangy good secret of this fried chicken comes from the pickle brine. The salty, sweet solution tenderizes the meat and gives this dish an irresistible distinction inside a South Minneapolis dive bar. Fans of chef Doug Flicker might remember this dish from Friday specials during the summer at his seasonal beachside spot, Sandcastle. The legend of the chicken landed it on this spot’s menu full time.

4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

6. Rooster's BBQ Deli

979 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
That chicken painted on the side of the building has a right to look nervous
Rooster’s BBQ [Official]

Slide into one of the very limited seats inside this tiny spot on Randolph near 35E for a fine example of what broaster chicken ought to be. Seasoned salty crust with juicy meat. Plan ahead for summer gatherings, Rooster’s does a serious catering business.

979 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

7. Dixie's On Grand

695 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Delta style fried chicken
Dixie’s on Grand/Facebook

Aggressively seasoned and hard fried in the most alluring way, Dixie’s on Grand is serious on the fried chicken front. This Cajun restaurant on Saint Paul’s shop-dense Grand Avenue also has a fine selection of whiskeys to pair with the bird.

695 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

8. Pollo Campero

1572 S Robert St, West St Paul, MN 55118

This national chain has a rabid following for its fried chicken and this is the Twin Cities only outpost. Broasted and battered, the soft heat blooms with each successive bite.

1572 S Robert St
West St Paul, MN 55118

9. The Coop

157 3rd Ave S, South Saint Paul, MN 55075

This neighborhood joint has a fryer and knows how to use it. The crispy fried chicken dinner harbors that snappy skin and super juicy meat we're always craving.

157 3rd Ave S
South Saint Paul, MN 55075

10. 4 Bells

1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

After a brief absence, the legendary fried chicken at 4 Bells, overlooking Loring Park, is back on the menu and better than ever. Tender brined bird is fried into a crispy coating and served with an herbal sweet honey glaze.

1610 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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