Authentic Southern fried chicken isn’t supposed to be greasy—something Minnesotans might not know were it not for the irresistible version chef Thomas Boemer serves up at Revival. The crispy, crackly, subtly seasoned skin will make you wonder why you ever settled for anything less. Intrepid eaters will relish the challenge of Revival’s Tennessee Hot Chicken (guaranteed to make you break a sweat), while gluten-free eaters will thank the fried chicken gods for a truly gluttonous experience with no unsavory consequences. Though Revival started as a humble one-room restaurant in south Minneapolis, it’s since expanded to a second location across the river. Here’s hoping it keeps growing until its fried chicken is as ubiquitous as the big bird brands.
Readers’ Choice: Revival