The #ChickenWars have heated up in the past couple of months, with fast food chains including Popeye’s, Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s all laying claim to having the best chicken sandwich in the land. The battle has led to long lines (and then sandwiches selling out) at Popeye’s, guns being pulled and Twitter beefs.
Whether you don’t want to play favorites, can’t get your hands on the elusive Popeye’s sandwich or just want something with a little local flavor, here are seven metro Atlanta chicken sandwiches you should try right now.
Blue India’s Tandoori Chicken Burger. Looking for a sandwich with a little kick? This Midtown spot’s chicken burger, which can be found on its lunch menu, features a grilled chicken patty slathered in a tandoori marinade and topped with onion and mint chutney. Keep the party going with a side of masala fries.
933 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-963-5775, blueindiaatlanta.com/
Fox Bros. BBQ’s Fried Chicken Sandwich. The barbecue favorite started serving its own take on the fried chicken sandwich this summer. Look for buttermilk-brined, breaded and fried chicken breast topped with melted cheese, pickles and “my pleasure” sauce, served on a brioche bun. Find it as a special at the restaurant every Wednesday (for now).
1238 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-577-4030, foxbrosbbq.com/fox-bros-home.html
Gu’s Dumpling’s Szechuan Chicken Po’Boy. Searching for spice? You’ll find it in spades in this East-meets-West offering, which sees chucks of fried chicken stir-fried with powdered Szechuan peppercorns loaded into French bread and topped with cole slaw to cool things down a bit.
Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta. 404-527-6007, gusdumplings.com.
Hops’ Chicken’s Tavern Style Chicken. This Linton Hopkins spot offers chicken several different ways, but we’re partial to the Tavern Style Chicken, which pairs a 4-oz. fried chicken breast (spicy or regular) with cheddar cheese, white onions, bacon and horseradish mustard on a toasted bun for a “treat yourself” meal.
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-355-3762, hopschicken.com/
Chicken sandwich at Ponko Chicken. The chicken sandwich gets the tonkatsu treatment at Ponko, with a cutlet that’s coated in breadcrumbs and fried, then topped with slaw and mayo. Enjoy one with a side of Ponko fries or a side of creamy, Japanese-style potato salad.
2896 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, 770-451-4251 and 915 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 404-975-2316.
SideChick’s Georgia Chick. There are a ridiculous number of ways to order your chicken sandwich at this chicken joint, which dubs itself as “food for the people.” For a celebration of the flavors of Georgia, check out the Georgia Chick, a grilled or fried chicken breast piled high with goat cheese, peach preserves, red onion and arugula and served on an H&F bun.
125 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. 404-343-2532, sidechickdecatur.com
Victory Sandwich Bar’s Zero Clucks Given. A sandwich that perfectly straddles the line between sweet and savory, the Zero Clucks Given pairs honey chicken with bacon, herbed ricotta cheese and chutney, topped off with peach mustard.
340 Church St., Decatur, 404-377-9300 and 913 Bernina Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404-963-1742. vicsandwich.com
Whiskey Bird’s Thai Chicken Burger. This Virginia-Highland spot recently launched lunch service, and along with it some new dishes including this sandwich, featuring a blended chicken patty cooked in teriyaki sauce and topped with pickled carrot and daikon radish, chili slaw and basil-cilantro aioli, all served on an Alon’s brioche roll.
1409 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-600-5797, eatwhiskeybird.com/
Zunzi’s Conquistador. This South African-inspired sandwich shopped was recently named the top spot for sandwiches in Georgia by People magazine, and the hype is real when it comes to its Conquistador, made with baked chicken, lettuce and tomato and slathered in Zunzi’s special sauce (which the eatery claims is so good, it’ll make you shout an expletive when you try it).
1971 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 570-698-2351, zunzis.com/