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9: Tennessee Hot Fried Chicken at Revival


It's not just the chicken that has Minneapolis gaga over Revival. A good fried chicken joint represents a certain civic sophistication; it means we live in a place where we can all put our differences aside for the time it takes to eat lunch, and dig into the sort of food that soothes the soul. Eat it with your hands, get a little messy, and be satiated with some down-home food. Cuisine, take your fancy hat off and have a seat, you can join everybody for dinner, just don't be putting on any airs.

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So this chicken has a lot riding on it, and thank goodness it rises to the occasion.

Just as the title suggests, the "Tennessee Hot" (the chicken is also available regular) is crisp under the tooth like a just-frizzled tempura batter holding a spicy secret that creeps stealthily up the sinus passages. Naturally, the poultry beneath is juicy and moist, and it's a gratifying maneuver to eat it with alternating crunchy bites of its bread- and-butter pickle garnish.

You decide what to do with the traditional slice of white bread it's served upon, which ultimately soaks up drippings and sauces. Might we suggest piling it high with collards to making a startlingly good sandwich?

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