Fried chicken during the pandemic and Justin Sutherland since 2020: These are the two hottest foods. They are fair.
All the restaurants in town have added fried chicken. (People got so crazy about chicken during the pandemic that there was national shortages.) And Justin Sutherland consults on everything: The Gnome, Woodfired Cantina, the food inside Allianz Field, and now in Side Chick, the first of what could become a national restaurant chain, which is now open to Lyndale and Lake.
Side Chick is two things: a place for really good chicken and a place with a very lively bar / party scene that suits its location near Uptown Minneapolis.
I’m digging into the concept here. You choose your form of chicken, then choose your wet sauce or your dry sauce. It is clearly designed for a personalized counter service experience, Chipotle style. And the building blocks of flavor are really tasty. For the dry, sweet, and spicy were the best, and for the wet, Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Honey was our favorite.
The Side Chick name sparked controversy when it was announced, as were some menu item names. The restaurant says they sell sides and chicken, but it sounds intentionally provocative and is perhaps just a little more innocuous than another chicken restaurant, Hooters. You can decide whether you like the name or not; just be sure to apply your feelings about the name in the same way to the much more provocative names used in “Wet Tacos”.
The fillets are crisp and juicy, I loved “Legs for Days” – five drumsticks for $ 15 – and the wings were about perfect. Personally, I am not offended by anything in this basket.
Same goes for the “Nashville Hottie” Chicken Sandwich. Maybe I should have expected moderate heat, since it wasn’t called “Nashville Hot” (although isn’t a hottie hotter than hot?). Either way, I didn’t detect much heat at all. It was either perfectly balanced by pickles and Duke’s Mayo, or canceled by the same.
For sandwiches, you can also choose between an Island Chick, with a Caribbean jerk and habanero coleslaw, and a No Chick, made with a spicy black bean patty. The sides were solid. We really enjoyed the cheddar cookies, the house mac and cheese with crumbled Ritz crackers and the cauliflower nuggets.
3006 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis