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Southern fried and spicy
Joy Summers

13 Tasty Fried Chicken Sandwiches in the Twin Cities

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Southern fried and spicy
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Taking a piece of poultry, getting it fried to the right amount of crispness while keeping the interior juicy has been elevated to an art form within the Twin Cities. These are the sandwiches by the masters of the fried bird arts, just the right amount of breading to meat to toppings to bun ratios. The crispy coating must be seasoned just right - either simply with a bit of pepper, or heavily with Southern hellfire fury. Every one demands attention, and are offered here in order by location.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar

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1513 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 354-2453
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Buttermilk dipped and fried with a nicely mellow amount of black pepper spice is built for the Minnesota palate. Kick it up with the addition of ghost pepper jack cheese. This sandwich is served on a couple of pieces of white toast for lunch and dinner, or between two waffles during brunch. It’s the little black dress of fried chicken sandwiches.

Why don’t more people serve fried chicken with a bacon garnish?
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2. World Street Kitchen

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2743 Lyndale Ave S #5
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 424-8855
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A fried chicken sandwich so good it’s prone to swear word declaritives. The MFC, Moroccan fried chicken, not mother fussing fried chicken, requires double fisted approach and a lean in style of eating. A giant piece of fried chicken is seasoned North African spices and served with carrot slaw and a swipe of spicy feta spread on a biscuit.

Flavors unlike any other
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3. Soul Bowl

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520 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 567-7044
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This stand inside Graze food hall in the North Loop serves all kinds of flavor packed into small packages from chef Gerard Klass, but the fried chicken goodness is undeniable. Order the Double A Sandwich, fried chicken on a cornbread bun brought to belly-buster heights with mac and cheese and greens.

4. The Sheridan Room

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337 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 886-1111
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This sandwich comes with a giant piece of bird battered in sweet-crunchy Corn Flake crust doused in Cry Baby Craig’s insanely flavorful pickled habanero hot sauce, spicy mayo, slaw, all on an “you-better-pack-breath-mints” onion bun. It’s a one meal doozy.

A plate full of fries and a fried chicken sandwich that overtakes its onion bun in size
That’s a big ass fried chicken sandwich
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5. Zen Box Izakaya

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602 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
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Hot and spicy the chicken katsu at Zen Box Izakaya is not here to be cute, it’s a tender, crispy double fisted dose of spice delivered on a brioche bun.

6. Alma

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528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-4909
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Fridays are fried chicken sandwich night at this beloved Minneapolis institution. Buttermilk dipped and fried to an alluring crust that gives a monstrous crunch upon mouth delivery. Expertly seasoned with classic spice it’s stuffed into a dome of brioche with ribbons of lettuce. Order early. Fried chicken sandwich night starts at 4:30 and goes until they sell out.

7. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1378
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Chef Doug Flicker knows how to feed a serious craving, and he is digging into his bag of tricks to serve up a chicken sandwich of majesty at Bull’s Horn. This is a fried chicken thigh topped with pimento cheese and smoked pickles on a plush bun, giving it all the flavor and comfort of a laid-back Southern Sunday.

8. Stewart's

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128 Cleveland Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 645-4128
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This little neighborhood cafe fries up a thick chicken thigh coated in crispy breading with all the Southern fried spices and a sweet hot chili jam.

9. Grand Catch

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1672 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 348-8541
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A seafood boil restaurant might seem like a strange place to find a fried chicken sandwich worth crossing town for, but this is a serious contender in the pantheon of crusty poultry greatness. Simple done, this no funny business batter, fried breast is served on a bun with pickle-tart mayo and layers of good, old iceberg lettuce on a bun.

Two hands grip a large fried chicken sandwich dripping in sauce with four bread and butter pickles tucked between the crispy crust and squishy bun Grand Catch/Facebook

10. Nashville Coop Food Truck

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699 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

The wildly popular food trucks have found a full-time home on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul and this restaurant has been hopping since the day it opened. Fans can’t get enough of the fried chicken fingers with varying degrees of mouth-scorching heat. Barely contained on the bun, this is perfect college student levels of hunger crush, located conveniently close to Macalester College.

A seriously spiced, crispy fried chicken breast dominates a buttery bun with pickle rounds on the top and bottom with a layer of slaw on the bottom. Juices are dripping off the sandwich and pooling on the plate.
The menu is not kidding about the spice level. Don’t be cute when spicing up. Be prepared.
Nashville Coop/Facebook

11. Revival

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525 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 340-2355
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Now, one would think, Revival is known for fried chicken, so why even bother getting it in sandwich format. That is short-sighted thinking. Thighs are boned, breaded and fried which is good, but a dip in the Tennessee Hot spice blend takes this sandwich to the next level. Served on a soft bun with a healthy swipe of mayo, a couple of sweet-sour pickle chips, lettuce and tomato this is a four-napkin situation.

Revival’s Tennessee Hot fried chicken sandwich
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12. Handsome Hog

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173 Western Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 219-4013
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Justin Sutherland’s original restaurant is serving a real deal Tennessee Hot fried chicken sandwich. The breast is doused in fiery spices before being fried and served on a bun sweet hot pickles and a creamy Crybaby Craig’s habanero hot sauce spiked aioli. There’s also shredded iceburg lettuce, but don’t expect to find much cool relief there. This sandwich is properly hot and best enjoyed out on the restaurant’s killer patio.

13. Burnt CHKN Cafe

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1124 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 756-1787
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Open two days a week on Payne Avenue this pop-up cafe, with a food truck coming soon, offers a picture-perfect ideal of fried chicken on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for lunch and dinner. This country-fried thigh has a nicely seasoned breading that gets a flavor kick from a chipotle mayo that oozes into the craggles of lettuce leaf and tomato on top.

A close up of a fried chicken sandwich with golden crust flecked with pepper, topped with red onion, tomato, green lettuce leave in a yellow basket with red and white checked wax paper
Order for pickup or local delivery
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1. Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar

1513 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Why don’t more people serve fried chicken with a bacon garnish?
Lake & Irving/Facebook

Buttermilk dipped and fried with a nicely mellow amount of black pepper spice is built for the Minnesota palate. Kick it up with the addition of ghost pepper jack cheese. This sandwich is served on a couple of pieces of white toast for lunch and dinner, or between two waffles during brunch. It’s the little black dress of fried chicken sandwiches.

1513 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. World Street Kitchen

2743 Lyndale Ave S #5, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Flavors unlike any other
World Street Kitchen/Facebook

A fried chicken sandwich so good it’s prone to swear word declaritives. The MFC, Moroccan fried chicken, not mother fussing fried chicken, requires double fisted approach and a lean in style of eating. A giant piece of fried chicken is seasoned North African spices and served with carrot slaw and a swipe of spicy feta spread on a biscuit.

2743 Lyndale Ave S #5
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Soul Bowl

520 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This stand inside Graze food hall in the North Loop serves all kinds of flavor packed into small packages from chef Gerard Klass, but the fried chicken goodness is undeniable. Order the Double A Sandwich, fried chicken on a cornbread bun brought to belly-buster heights with mac and cheese and greens.

520 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. The Sheridan Room

337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A plate full of fries and a fried chicken sandwich that overtakes its onion bun in size
That’s a big ass fried chicken sandwich
The Sheridan Room/Facebook

This sandwich comes with a giant piece of bird battered in sweet-crunchy Corn Flake crust doused in Cry Baby Craig’s insanely flavorful pickled habanero hot sauce, spicy mayo, slaw, all on an “you-better-pack-breath-mints” onion bun. It’s a one meal doozy.

337 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Zen Box Izakaya

602 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Hot and spicy the chicken katsu at Zen Box Izakaya is not here to be cute, it’s a tender, crispy double fisted dose of spice delivered on a brioche bun.

602 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

6. Alma

528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Fridays are fried chicken sandwich night at this beloved Minneapolis institution. Buttermilk dipped and fried to an alluring crust that gives a monstrous crunch upon mouth delivery. Expertly seasoned with classic spice it’s stuffed into a dome of brioche with ribbons of lettuce. Order early. Fried chicken sandwich night starts at 4:30 and goes until they sell out.

528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Chef Doug Flicker knows how to feed a serious craving, and he is digging into his bag of tricks to serve up a chicken sandwich of majesty at Bull’s Horn. This is a fried chicken thigh topped with pimento cheese and smoked pickles on a plush bun, giving it all the flavor and comfort of a laid-back Southern Sunday.

4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

8. Stewart's

128 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

This little neighborhood cafe fries up a thick chicken thigh coated in crispy breading with all the Southern fried spices and a sweet hot chili jam.

128 Cleveland Ave N
St Paul, MN 55104

9. Grand Catch

1672 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Two hands grip a large fried chicken sandwich dripping in sauce with four bread and butter pickles tucked between the crispy crust and squishy bun Grand Catch/Facebook

A seafood boil restaurant might seem like a strange place to find a fried chicken sandwich worth crossing town for, but this is a serious contender in the pantheon of crusty poultry greatness. Simple done, this no funny business batter, fried breast is served on a bun with pickle-tart mayo and layers of good, old iceberg lettuce on a bun.

1672 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

10. Nashville Coop Food Truck

699 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116
A seriously spiced, crispy fried chicken breast dominates a buttery bun with pickle rounds on the top and bottom with a layer of slaw on the bottom. Juices are dripping off the sandwich and pooling on the plate.
The menu is not kidding about the spice level. Don’t be cute when spicing up. Be prepared.
Nashville Coop/Facebook

The wildly popular food trucks have found a full-time home on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul and this restaurant has been hopping since the day it opened. Fans can’t get enough of the fried chicken fingers with varying degrees of mouth-scorching heat. Barely contained on the bun, this is perfect college student levels of hunger crush, located conveniently close to Macalester College.

699 Snelling Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

11. Revival

525 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
Revival’s Tennessee Hot fried chicken sandwich
Revival/Instagram

Now, one would think, Revival is known for fried chicken, so why even bother getting it in sandwich format. That is short-sighted thinking. Thighs are boned, breaded and fried which is good, but a dip in the Tennessee Hot spice blend takes this sandwich to the next level. Served on a soft bun with a healthy swipe of mayo, a couple of sweet-sour pickle chips, lettuce and tomato this is a four-napkin situation.

525 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

12. Handsome Hog

173 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102

Justin Sutherland’s original restaurant is serving a real deal Tennessee Hot fried chicken sandwich. The breast is doused in fiery spices before being fried and served on a bun sweet hot pickles and a creamy Crybaby Craig’s habanero hot sauce spiked aioli. There’s also shredded iceburg lettuce, but don’t expect to find much cool relief there. This sandwich is properly hot and best enjoyed out on the restaurant’s killer patio.

173 Western Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102

13. Burnt CHKN Cafe

1124 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130
A close up of a fried chicken sandwich with golden crust flecked with pepper, topped with red onion, tomato, green lettuce leave in a yellow basket with red and white checked wax paper
Order for pickup or local delivery
Burnt CHKN/Website

Open two days a week on Payne Avenue this pop-up cafe, with a food truck coming soon, offers a picture-perfect ideal of fried chicken on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for lunch and dinner. This country-fried thigh has a nicely seasoned breading that gets a flavor kick from a chipotle mayo that oozes into the craggles of lettuce leaf and tomato on top.

1124 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

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