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.Read More
13 Tasty Fried Chicken Sandwiches in the Twin Cities
Crispy, juicy, hot, and ready
1. Lake & Irving Restaurant & Bar
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.
2. World Street Kitchen
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.
3. Soul Bowl
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
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.
5. Zen Box Izakaya
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.
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
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.
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
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.
10. Nashville Coop Food Truck
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.
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.
12. Handsome Hog
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
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.