The Twin Cities Fried Chicken scene….is weird. Well, according to Dara. There’s never been a quintessential fried chicken place in the Twin Cities. So, Dara took it upon herself to suffer through tasting the best fried chicken the Twin Cities has to offer over the last few weeks and here’s her list of the best of the crispy bunch!
Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Wise Acre Eatery is a “farm-to-table” restaurant on the south side of Minneapolis that is actually connected to a farm in Plato, MN. It’s the old-fashioned, family-farm, classic fried chicken you remember from your childhood. According to Dara, the skin is nice and crispy but what sells this fried chicken is the unbelievable meat inside. It comes with a side of pickles and potato salad in the perfect picnic bundle. Be warned however, this is not the cheapest on the list. Wise Acre’s fried chicken comes in at a whopping $24. You’re getting the best of the farm-to-table chicken but you’re also paying a premium for it.
Art Song’s Wings
647 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55104
On the other side of the cost scale comes a tiny, but classic, dive in St. Paul called Art Song’s Wings at University and Dale. This is one of the last of the neighborhood institutions as all the wing places have seemingly closed up in the last few years. Big, fat chicken wings fried to perfection at Art Song’s is what puts them on the list. Dara also recommends the delicious Collard Greens at Art Song’s in St. Paul!
The Left Handed Cook in the Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
The Left Handed Cook is a stall in the Midtown Global Market. Self described as “Add 1 part Comfort Food, 1 part Asian flavors, a dash of Rock & Roll, a pinch of country and let it simmer in the melting pot that is LA = The Left Handed Cook.” Sound good? Try the “Winner, Winner 21 Spice Fried Chicken” and you’ll see why Dara loves them so much. They’re boneless wings so purists may balk at the inclusion. But, as Dara says, they have the innovation and uniqueness to make them well worth seeking out!
The Loring Kitchen and Bar
1359 Willow St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
The only, classic, fried in a cast-iron skillet, southern style, buttermilk marinated fried chicken Dara could find is in, of all places, Loring Park! This is the sweeter, lighter and classic American Fried Chicken and that’s what puts it #2 on Dara’s list of the best Fried Chicken.
Moto-i Sake Brewery and Izakaya
2940 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Let’s just say, when you start a list of the Best Fried Chicken, you don’t expect to end up at a Sake Brewery in south Minneapolis. So why is Moto-i #1 on this list? It’s the “JFC” or Japanese Fried Chicken and it’s Dara’s favorite in the Twin Cities. Chef Omar is fairly new to Moto-i and he’s one to watch according to Dara. The chicken is marinated for 24 hours and dusted with Togarashi, a Japanese red pepper and spice blend. The chicken takes on a salty, crispy and delicious flavor that makes it irresistible. Plus, they make another type of fried chicken called Chicken Karaage and you can even do a “fried chicken tasting menu”! When it’s taken this seriously, Japanese, American or whatever, it’s got to be good.