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kdl Jun 3, 2012 06:22 PM

I don't know why but all of a sudden I'm craving really good chicken fingers and hope to indulge some night this week. Anyone had any outstanding experiences. T-accessible would be best.

I'm thinking of trying Coast Cafe in Cambridge since everyone raves about their fried chicken. I'll have to ask if they make their own chicken fingers in-house.

Any other suggestions? Thanks!

  1. mabelm4050 Jun 3, 2012 07:39 PM

    You might want to try Cane's Chicken on Comm. Ave. near BU. I only had them once and found them pretty tasty, although I didn't like their dipping sauce all that much. Also, check out Bon Chon Chicken in Allston.

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      Jenny Ondioline Jun 3, 2012 10:23 PM

      I actually wouldn't recommend the chicken tenders at Bon Chon, as much as I like the wings and drums there. Rather than the canonical finger-shape, they're basically thin, flat shavings off a breast. They get overcooked very quickly, and they're basically nothing but coating and sauce with a couple millimeters of meat in the center. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- it's really good coating and sauce -- but if what the OP is specifically craving is tenders, they'll be disappointed.

      Third Raising Canes, to give its full name. The chicken tenders are fine, the fries are ordinary, the slaw is fairly tasty, the Texas toast is quite good, and the soft drink machine has that kinda soft pellety ice rather like Sonic uses, which is hard to find up here for some reason. I too ask for the off-menu honey mustard.

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        LStaff Jun 4, 2012 07:05 AM

        I went to a raising canes down south somewhere and didn't think it was all that special. Chicken fingers seemed no different than your average frozen cisco product to me. I thought the ice pellets in the soda was the best part of my experience there.

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        kdl Jun 4, 2012 09:24 AM

        Canes! Totally forgot about them. Thanks for the suggestion!

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        BroadwayBound Jun 3, 2012 08:42 PM

        I second Cane's. If you prefer the more traditional honey mustard sauce, you can request it. It's not posted on the menu;)

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          kdl Jun 4, 2012 09:26 AM

          Good to know about the secret honey mustard sauce. My personal favorite sauce for chicken fingers is plain old honey when it's available. Bit honey mustard is a good backup.

        2. Nab Jun 4, 2012 06:14 AM

          The Hill Tavern serves far better chicken tenders than they have any reason to. I found myself in shock & awe there a coupla years ago with a plate of tenders and I feel as though I've been waiting for somebody to ask this question ever since. Big, craggy, freshly fried juicy guys with a feather light & crunchy crust. Honey mustard, bleu, ranch, bbq, etc. I keep meaning to go back there and revisit this, but it's not otherwise a compelling hang.

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            sadflour Jun 4, 2012 06:32 AM

            Mary Chung's has very tasty chicken fingers and their home-made mustard is the perfect spicy dip...

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              kdl Jun 4, 2012 09:27 AM

              Who knew?! Are they the puffy battered style that you often find in Chinese restaurants?

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                sadflour Jun 4, 2012 03:32 PM

                Yup!

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              kdl Jun 4, 2012 09:29 AM

              That sounds perfect. I've only been there once. Will have to go back!

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              INDIANRIVERFL Jun 4, 2012 07:09 AM

              Sub-standard chicken fingers rarely have the nails cut off.

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                hckybg Jun 4, 2012 06:48 PM

                That joke was just hypothetical until we got the new Strip-T's!

              2. nsenada Jun 4, 2012 10:15 AM

                Some of best fried chicken tenders I have had around here were part of the club salad at Hillstone in Quincy Market. I see that they have a chicken tender plate, for $20 (seems like a lot for fingahs). If it's the same chicken from the salad, it would probably be worth it - they are somewhere between tempura and "normal" battered chicken, very crispy and light, and the meat is moist.

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                  BJK Jun 4, 2012 11:40 AM

                  Since we're all throwing chains out as recommendations, allow me to suggest (a) the Cajun Chicken Littles from (gasp!) The Cheesecake Factory and (b) the Southern Fried Chicken Tenders at Firefly's. Both are among my favorite renditions of this low brow dish. Firefly's offering suffers a bit from underseasoning, but that can be mostly remedied with BBQ sauce and honey mustard.

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                    mkfisher Jun 5, 2012 06:17 AM

                    The Druid makes a pretty fabulous chicken tender

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                      kdl Jun 5, 2012 07:34 AM

                      Ooh. Another good contender. Thanks! I've also heard their fish and chips are great.

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                        mkfisher Jun 5, 2012 07:46 AM

                        They do indeed make a mean fish and chips

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                          bluesjack Jun 20, 2012 05:08 PM

                          +1 for the Druid Fish and chips

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                      uallach Jun 6, 2012 10:33 AM

                      Coast Cafe is indeed delicious, although I'm not sure they sell tenders. Allston Diner has a really good chicken and waffles dish with chicken fingers, homemade with a buttermilk marinade. It comes with their sausage gravy but I prefer their BBQ sauce (also homemade).

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                        kdl Jun 6, 2012 11:03 AM

                        Coast Cafe's online menu mentions them so I'm hoping they do have them.

                        Good tip about Allston Diner. Never been but is sounds delicious. Thanks!

                      2. MeffaBabe Jun 7, 2012 01:35 PM

                        Pisa Pizza in Malden (1 block from Orange Line) has the best molasses fingers. They also have great honey bbq and an assortment of other sauces. Really crunchy crispy crust...

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                          Blumie Jun 13, 2012 07:10 AM

                          I'm late to this discussion, but All Star Sandwich Bar has amazing buffalo-style chicken fingers ("stingers," as they call them). Can't get enough of 'em.

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                            kdl Jun 13, 2012 07:39 AM

                            Right in my 'hood. Great to know!

                          2. maillard Jun 13, 2012 12:35 PM

                            This may not be the most convenient for you, but apparently Revere House of Pizza has exceptional chicken fingers.

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                              phatchris Jun 13, 2012 04:04 PM

                              I used to really like Kelly's chicken fingers, haven't had them in years though.

                            2. whs Jun 14, 2012 05:17 AM

                              Definitely not T-accessible, but the Puritan Backroom in Manchester NH claims to have invented the chicken tender. http://www.puritanbackroom.com/

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                                calvnhobs6 Jun 20, 2012 09:05 AM

                                I think I may have found the answer: the Proper Slice in Brighton. These were really excellent chicken tenders - they coat them in honey mustard, and they're still super crispy, and actually surprisingly large. I had never ordered them before last night because I'm usually deciding between the pizza and burger.

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