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"Fancy" Fried Chicken [MSP]

ok, so the girlfriend really likes fried chicken. like, a lot. her birthday is coming up (not for a while, really but thats not the point it will be here eventually) and she has asked me to seek out the best fried chicken in town. whats the catch? well we'd like it to be sort-of (or really) high end, and preferably somewhere id have a viable veggie/pesc-ey alternative.

it doesnt necessarily have to be a regular menu feature (id be ok wiht somewhere that had it as a special or just as part of a seasonal menu if it could be specifically requested). I dont even know where to start looking because as a non-poultry eater i rarely even give chicken much attention on a menu.

this has gotten more complicated than i intended. simply put: Where is the best fried chicken in the twin cities? Which fancier, suitably date-night type places offer fried chicken on their menus, and who's is the best?

thanks in advance for all input. . .

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  1. Wow, good luck with this. Here's the most recent set of responses for fried chicken in any kind of a venue:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/533863

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    1. re: KTFoley

      ouch. Thanks KT, i must have missed that thread (im actually not moving back to the cities full time for a month yet, so i dont monitor the board that closely) but it looks pretty bleak. the good news is skinners is close to our new place, so we've got the low brow covered. . .

      i feel like a fried chicken special is something that would work on jP's menu, but i dont think i remember them ever doing it. who's seen it somewhere?

      1. re: vicks

        We had the fried chicken dinner at Cafe Levain last week and it was quite good. I wasn't crazy about the accompanying cole slaw, the fresh mint (I believe) in it didn't work for me, but overall the meal was quite good.

        1. re: katebauer

          We had the fried chicken too, at the Sunday night dinner... really delicious. They posted a new (regular) menu last week and the fried chicken is on it...

        2. re: tex.s.toast

          Pittsburgh Blue has a friend chicken dinner on Sunday nights for $8.95. I don't know if that atmosphere is what you are looking for, but may be worth a try.

      2. Maybe not the best but certainly good- fried chicken on the regular menu at the Monte Carlo. They have a great outdoor space. It's a fairly old-school menu with a good variety of stuff. Fun in a "throwback" way.

        1. Minneapolis St Paul magazine most recent issue covers MSP best American Food... haven't seen what they recommend as far as fried chix but it would be a place to look.

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          1. re: babaoriley7

            anyone have access to a copy? id gladly peep one at the checkstand of my local kowalski's, but i am in california for a minute.

            so far, cafe levain is definitely making the list. is there nowhere else?

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              All of the recs are for broasted chicken: The Coop Restaurant in St. Paul, the Lookout in Maple Grove and Pastor Hamiltons in St. Paul. I don't get the impression any of this is "fancy."

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                I think the fried chicken at Levain fulfills your request perfectly. Excellent...and a steal at $12.

                1. re: dave43

                  yeah, given the bargain price (california'ss made me weak) it seems to be a pretty much ideal.

                  from those who have had it - do you get a choice of which quarter you get?