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Hi all,

First post, and I just wanted to say that this board has been a tremendous help to me since I moved to the cities a couple years ago. As an AZ transplant, your Mexican recommendations have been a lifesaver, even if I'm still bummed that really good green chile doesn't really exist here.

Anyhow, one thing that I've yet to nail down is a really good fried chicken spot. I'm hoping you kind folks can help a brother out. For reference, I live in St. Louis Park.

Thanks,

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  1. I'm a fried chicken fan too. Right now, there isn't much to recommend. Check out the other thread:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/360794

    When I want really good chicken, I go to the Coop in South St. Paul.

    1. Fried chicken is not exactly a Minnesota restaurant staple. I can't think of any place off hand that features and promotes it as something special. Whereas in states like Indiana and south fried chicken is a featured item that many restaurants stake their reputations on.

      I ate a lot of green chili cheeseburgers in the Southwest last fall. That's big in the four corner states. Burger Jones in Minneapolis features a green chili cheeseburger. As for just a bowl of green chili, who knows? The Loon Cafe in Minneapolis features a green chili pork stew as one of their five different chili varieties.

      'Dirty Pork Stew
      A green chili pork stew loaded with onions, chiles, tomatoes, lean hand-cut chunks of pork in a delicious spicy garlic sauce. As served at the LaTolteca Tortelleria in Azusa, California for over forty years. Thanks Tim & Ben! We top it with cheese, green onions and sour cream. Served with flour tortillas."

      1. Ok, I am going to preface this by saying that I haven't been there, yet, but Pittsburgh Blue advertises their "Sunday Supper" as a Fried Chicken with homemade coleslaw and sweet corn. It's $10 per person. Not being a huge consumer of fried chicken, I probably won't be the one to test it out, but if you do, let us know how it turns out.

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        1. re: princebaal

          I recently had the Sunday Supper fried chicken, and I would give it thumbs down. It was an excellent value, with a large breast piece, leg, and thigh for like $8.99. However, the chicken was particularly dry, and it suffered the tell tale sign of poor preparation- the skin/breading pulled away in large sheets. I gave it a healthy dose of salt, and called it a lesson learned.

        2. Well, welcome!

          I can't add anything to this thread as KFC is my fav todate. And I can't cook fried chicken. I'm just an idiot at doing it (can't make mash 'taters, either and both failures make me cry.).

          But I will be watching this thread and hope recs are not limited to far west locales as I would love to find some great moist/juicy/greasy (that's a running theme with me! LOL!) chicken with a crispy/crackley/tastey crust in the STP area.

          I realize what I'm about to say will not be that helpful so I'm hoping fellow 'Hounds can fill in for me. I've heard that the joint located at the corner of Minnehaha and McKnight, the north east corner - right by 3M, has GREAT broasted chicken. Never had it, can't remember the name o'the place, and have no idea if it's even still there.

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          1. re: green56

            Agree with The Coop in SSP. They have very, very good fried chicken.

            1. re: green56

              Once it opens for the season, you might try the Dari-ette's fried chicken (call ahead to order). We had some last year and thought it was pretty good... fresh fried to order, at least, which seems to me to be a significant part of getting fried chicken right (freshness). We've also had Rooster's, which is also not bad.

              1. re: mtullius

                This is the second rec I've had in about a month for Dari-ette's fried chicken.I'm going to have to try that when the season starts up again!

                ~TDQ

              2. re: green56

                The place is the 5-8 Tavern and grill...Strange I live just around the corner but never heard about their chicken...But around 4:30-5 if your across the street a Sarracks International you can smell somethin good in the air. Maybe it is the chicken...Will let you know.

              3. Here's the other fried chicken thread:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542056

                Skinners and The Coop are not bad if you are in the neighborhood, but it's a long way from the western suburbs. Otherwise, Popeye's fills the bill for a guilty pleasure.

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                1. re: KTFoley

                  I find that Cub stores have really nice fried chix.

                2. It was a seasonal item on the menu last summer at Cafe Levain (49th & S. Chicago) and it was absolutely fantastic. They served it with this wonderful vinegar-based hot sauce that had potent yet very flavorful heat. If it makes its way back onto the menu this spring/summer I would highly recommend it.

                  1. There are two that do a wonderful job in st paul. The Countryside in Roseville and Schroeders on Como and Front. both do broasted chicken. Its crispy well seasoned and not greasy.

                    1. I just noticed a billboard on my way home tonight for Dixie's in St. Paul. Their March special is Georgia Fried Chicken. Haven't had it, so can't say if it's good or bad - just thought it was timely given this question.

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                      Dixie's On Grand
                      695 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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                      1. re: Seige

                        For fried Chicken, I really like Tinucci's in either Newport or Woodbury.

                        For green chili, try Baja Sol Cantina. I have not had the bowl of chili, but their smothered burrito has a decent facsimile of southwestern style grren chili (I miss Pueblo Co chili).

                        1. re: Seige

                          I'd avoid Dixies. Being from the south, their food isn't really southern- it's more like what someone would think southern people eat. Plus it's just not that good.
                          There's plenty of good broasted chicken around, many places named here. I haven't tried the Coop but their site says they pressure cook, which is what KFC does.
                          I haven't run across any place that actually pan fries chicken, with the exception of the earlier-mentioned dish at Levain. It was really good (but a little fancier that actual fried chicken, like a meat and 3 type restaurant).

                        2. I´ve always had a soft spot for Shorty and Wag´s in Minneapolis on 38th and Nicollet, but that´s a fair ways away from St. Louis Park. J and J Fish and Chicken on University in Saint Paul´s alright as well.

                          Golden Chicken in North on 24th and Penn is good but sketchy. I guess it depends on how far you are willing to drive for chicken.

                          If you end up at Shorty and Wag´s, be sure to get the Hojo´s also.

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                          1. re: larssten

                            shorty & wags is just chicken wings. Not bad though. Dry spiced and good sauce on the side.

                          2. Hi, we've split a digression about green chilies into its own thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6933...

                            1. I don't mean to knock the previously mentioned Cafe Levain. But the mere mention of it on a fried chicken thread prompted me to check out what type of establishment with the word Cafe in the name serves greasy fried chicken. Well, here's the menu:
                              http://www.cafelevain.com/menus.html
                              I'm sorry. But that "seasonal" fried chicken for $30 better be good enough for God.
                              I guess I'm just a waffle house kinda guy.

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                              1. re: alpa chino

                                It's not actually on menu right now, and when it was it was nowhere near $30. But whatever they were charging at the time, it was worth every penny. I'm really hoping they bring it back this summer.

                                1. re: keithinmpls

                                  Yeah, it was summer only and I think it was around $14-$16.

                              2. I've also not found what I'd call "awesome" fried chicken in the Twin Cities, but I've always been a fan of the real "Broasted(tm)" chicken, found in finer gas stations everywhere. Here's a Broaster store locater:

                                http://www.broaster.com/slocator.htm

                                It found 62 locations within 30 miles of Bloomington...

                                Also, as mentioned before, most Cubs Foods seem to have pretty good fried chicken, if you get it while it's fresh - and you can't beat the price.

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                                1. re: greghoffman

                                  I will second the recommendation of Broasted chicken. Some of the best chicken I ever had was the Broasted Chicken from the Hager Heights Drive In in Hager City, WI (right across the river from Red Wing ,MN)

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                                  Hager Heights Drive In
                                  7866 170th Ave, Hager City, WI 54014

                                  1. re: greghoffman

                                    Amen to the broaster! Check out The Lookout in Maple Grove.

                                    1. re: sporkgirl

                                      I never in my life thought I'd see The Lookout recommended to anyone for anything. But, if they have good chicken, more power to them.

                                    2. re: greghoffman

                                      Has anyone had the fried chicken that 112 offers?

                                    3. you should try the Favor on Lake Street and Bryant. Its kiddy corner from Bryant Bowl. They feature great soul food classics and the fried chicken tastes "like my mommas". You can eat in or carry out. They have a full menu of chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, and candied yams. Enjoy...

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                                      1. re: tystew

                                        Thanks for the rec. I'm always looking for a good soul food place.

                                        1. re: tystew

                                          I've never heard of that place. How long has it been there?

                                          1. re: tystew

                                            Everything looks good and I'm sure it is. I'll try it one of these days. But the $$$$$$$$.....

                                            http://1favorcafe.com/

                                            1. re: alpa chino

                                              Do a search on the old board for Favor. Went there and wasn't impressed. It was quit awhile ago but I never wanted to try it again. To many other good spots in the city for different kinds of food. Soul food in Mpls.??? I don't think we have the right water to pull it off.

                                              1. re: ibew292

                                                I just want the chicken, that's all I care about. I'll try it. There used to be an Eric E's or Easy E's on nicollet for soul---it went out of business. I tried it, alright but again $$$$$.

                                                You need special water to make soul food????? Didn't know there was a difference between the hydrogen & oxygen in MSP compared to other places. lol

                                                1. re: alpa chino

                                                  I think ibew was taking a jab at a recent conversation in another thread about how NYC water was necessary to make proper NYC pizza.

                                                  Big E's was run by Eric Austin. There was some talk a few years ago about him opening another place, but I haven't heard anything about it recently. He still has a web site (http://www.bigesoul.com/) but there's no current info.

                                                  1. re: bob s

                                                    Oh, okay. I understand. Actually, I don't think water is the problem---it's the air. I believe that NY has a slightly higher nitrogen content in their atmosphere. This minute increase in N may help to proof the dough in such a particular way--that the yeast molecules will temper it's activation process. This tempering affects the sugar and may impart a specific flavor enhancement that cannot be reproduced outside of NY.

                                                    I believe I saw an article in my last issue of Scientific American about this pressing issue. Very interesting.

                                          2. Good fried chicken is hard to find in these parts. But we have the under-recognized Broasted Chicken! The best I've found has been at a *gasp* chain. Pizza Ranch has some great chicken! Pizza is a good midwestern pie, but the chicken is great! Closest one is in Delano right off Highway 12 (what 394 turns into).

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                                            1. re: Skizzle

                                              Pizza Ranch chicken is the best. I often tell people when they mention they *have* to to to PR to pick chicken. It is so good. I did my undergrad in Morris, MN and it was one of the best things in town. That and Don's Cafe.

                                              1. re: churchka

                                                Well, I can't speak for the PR chicken, but Don's in Morris rules! Especially for breakfast!

                                            2. The fried cajun wings with hot sauce are fantastic, albeit a little salty. Seriously, they are wonderful. Pair it with the ginger lemonade. These are wings though.

                                              For broasted chicken, the best I've had was from the ghetto cub off Broadway/94. A little scary inside but very good and inexpensive chicken. The Lookout in Maple Grove is pretty good as is Key's Cafe in Spring Lake Park maybe.

                                              Fried chicken is really difficult to find. Honestly, i don't think I've found the real deal FRIED option.

                                              Have a nice day, k?

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                                              1. re: savvyguy

                                                Where can we find these fried cajun wings with hot sauce?

                                                1. re: KTFoley

                                                  Oh lord, the wings and ginger lemonade are at the Midtown Market at West Indies. If you're really hungry, you can also get a gyro and Manny's torta.

                                                  1. re: savvyguy

                                                    I'll have to check out those wings at MGM....sounds delicious.

                                                    I love the fried chicken at the Cub in Mpls on Broadway too. They have their own special breading that is only at the "Jerry's" owned Cub stores. I guess they own the Cub on Lake Street and in Brooklyn Center too as well as some other stores around town

                                              2. Monte Carlo! Their chicken soup is tasty too.

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                                                Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
                                                219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

                                                1. I'd put in a nod for Annie's Deli in New Brighton, though the hours are limited, to say the least.

                                                  http://heavytable.com/annies-deli-in-...

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                                                  1. re: BigE

                                                    I can vouch for Annie's fried chicken. I just took a trip all the way up there yesterday and grabbed a 4 piece dinner. The chicken is very moist and doesn't taste greasy. It's pretty good.
                                                    And the sides were good also. I got mashed potatoes (which were real) and coleslaw. The place was busy when I went. They also had plates of casseroles and things too.

                                                    1. re: alpa chino

                                                      I'm glad to hear its busy, given the odd location. I haven't been back in months, but I'll have to make a stop in some time soon.

                                                    2. re: BigE

                                                      Thanks BigE for telling me about this place. I work very near here and never, EVER would've found this. I did have a difficult time finding it the first time I went, even with navigation. So, the first time I went, I did NOT take the advice about CALLING before going here. They were not serving food this day. I finally was able to try this a few weeks later and am very happy for that. The chicken was not greasy and delicious. They were out of breasts so I stuck with a couple, or four, legs. The chicken was very good but not quite as good as the Cub on Broadway/94. It maybe needs a little more seasoning or something. My old teammate had the fish/housemade tarter sauce, which she said was top-tier and nearly perfect. All of the sides were very good. I had the jo-jos and mac/cheese and each were great! I also had a dill pickle and smiled. The best thing about Annie's is hands down the service. Everyone was SO DARN friendly and they wouldn't accept tips. I was pleasantly surprised that they accepted cards and, even more so, when they offered a complimentary homemade dessert to all four of us. My four piece with two sides and a pickle came to just over $6 and this place made me extremely happy.

                                                      1. re: savvyguy

                                                        Glad you made it. They are really in an odd spot...if you aren't in that little business park, you probably don't even know they exist. I'd go more often if it weren't a 20+ minute drive at lunch time.

                                                    3. If you are willing to drive a little way, The Valley Bar & Grill about 10 miles east of Prescott, WI on Hwy. 10 is the place to go for their Sunday night chicken fry. It's a real, Wisconsin bar & grill type of place. It's an all you can eat deal with a few homemade salads, including a great macaroni and tuna salad, baked beans, homemade dressing, dumplings and chicken gravy, french fries and wonderful juicy fried chicken. They even throw in all the milk you can drink for the restaurant style milk machine that sits at the end of the tiny buffet line. Check it out.. it makes for a great drive on a Sunday afternoon. BTW... the Valley also has the best Friday night fish fry around.

                                                      1. The Cub by me has the worst fried chicken ever. Greasy , not flavor and so on.

                                                        1. Roosters in St. Paul, off of Randolph has awesome chicken!!

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                                                          1. re: lelet

                                                            I agree! I love Rooster's chicken. I believe it is of the "broasted" variety.

                                                          2. For the BEST fried chicken in the Twin Cities, I put forth Hickory Hut! They have whole fried chicken wings that have a really flavorful batter (got alot of spices, kind of asian flavor). Tuesdays and thursdays they have a special deal on wings too! I've never tried the other stuff before but the wings are bomb.

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                                                            The Hickory Hut
                                                            647 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                                                            1. It's a little bit more upscale than traditional fried chicken, but Corner Table was serving a fantastic fried chicken the last time I was in there.

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                                                              Corner Table
                                                              4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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                                                              1. re: kersie

                                                                Oooh! Exciting! I was going to post about my sorrow at not being able to eat fried chicken now unless I make it myself (I quit eating "factory farmed" meat a while back), but this makes me hopeful that I might have some options!

                                                              2. Being from the South, I've been on the search for good fried chicken myself - for years. I also live in the West - try Birches in Long Lake - their "Buckhorn Chicken in the Rough" is fantastic. And, when I lived in St Paul - I swore the fried chicken at the Cub on Snelling and 94 rocked! No other Cub has lived up to it, however. Enjoy!

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                                                                Snelling Cafe
                                                                638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104