August 31, 2019

21 Cleveland Chicken Sandwiches That Are Better Than Popeyes

So what if you can't find a Popeyes chicken sandwich in Cleveland, or that the Chick-fil-A line is too long? This city is stocked with local businesses making some of the best fried chicken sandwiches around ready to serve you right now. No need to thank us.

Scroll down to view images
 Larder
1455 West 29th St.
At its heart, Larder is a Jewish deli, with matzo ball soup, thick pastrami sandwiches, and flaky fruit-filled rugelach. And while you really can’t go wrong with every dish at this creative deli, it’s the fried chicken sandwich that really steals the show.
Photo via @LarderB/Instagram

Larder

1455 West 29th St.

At its heart, Larder is a Jewish deli, with matzo ball soup, thick pastrami sandwiches, and flaky fruit-filled rugelach. And while you really can’t go wrong with every dish at this creative deli, it’s the fried chicken sandwich that really steals the show.

Photo via @LarderB/Instagram
Fat Cats
2061 West 10th St.
Thank goodness for Fat Cats. An oasis on the edge of Tremont's 10th Ave., its fried chicken sandwich is absolutely worth getting out of the house for. It comes topped with sriracha aioli and pickled cabbage slaw. A napkin is highly recommended. 
Photo via @transqpoc_and_doge/Instagram

Fat Cats

2061 West 10th St.

Thank goodness for Fat Cats. An oasis on the edge of Tremont's 10th Ave., its fried chicken sandwich is absolutely worth getting out of the house for. It comes topped with sriracha aioli and pickled cabbage slaw. A napkin is highly recommended.

Photo via @transqpoc_and_doge/Instagram
Herb N' Twine
4309 Lorain Ave.
Herb n' Twine's foray into the fried chicken sandwich ($10) game stands out as the only one in the city that doesn't make you feel like you have been battered and deep fried yourself. Herb n' Twine glazes strips of fried chicken breast in a sweet honey garlic sauce and wedges them between their house made french bread, making for a subtle interplay of crisp and crunch set off by a punchy slaw.
Photo via @emuhoray/Instagram

Herb N' Twine

4309 Lorain Ave.

Herb n' Twine's foray into the fried chicken sandwich ($10) game stands out as the only one in the city that doesn't make you feel like you have been battered and deep fried yourself. Herb n' Twine glazes strips of fried chicken breast in a sweet honey garlic sauce and wedges them between their house made french bread, making for a subtle interplay of crisp and crunch set off by a punchy slaw.

Photo via @emuhoray/Instagram
ParkView Nite Club
1261 West 58th St.
The fire-breathing chicken that serves as this beloved Gordon Square bar's mascot will prepare you for their sandwich ($8.50). A slab of crackling fried chicken breast arrives Tang-orange thanks to a coating of fryer oil mixed with cayenne pepper and brown sugar. It's served on a kaiser bun with a cabbage slaw seasoned with apple cider vinegar. You'll be warned by your server that the sandwich is seriously hot. It is, but not too hot to overwhelm the juicy crunch of the chicken and a gentle sweetness from the sugar.
Photo via @bel.eat.land/Instagram

ParkView Nite Club

1261 West 58th St.

The fire-breathing chicken that serves as this beloved Gordon Square bar's mascot will prepare you for their sandwich ($8.50). A slab of crackling fried chicken breast arrives Tang-orange thanks to a coating of fryer oil mixed with cayenne pepper and brown sugar. It's served on a kaiser bun with a cabbage slaw seasoned with apple cider vinegar. You'll be warned by your server that the sandwich is seriously hot. It is, but not too hot to overwhelm the juicy crunch of the chicken and a gentle sweetness from the sugar.

Photo via @bel.eat.land/Instagram
The Plum
4133 Lorain Ave.
The Plum's crispy chicken biscuit sandwich ($13) is a glorious mess. The Ohio City eatery fries their buttermilk-brined chicken thigh in an oregano-seasoned batter and tops it with American cheese, thick sliced pickles, shredded lettuce, a tangy sauce and, if you like, a fried egg (you like). It is best eaten with a knife and fork, especially after you dump the sides of hot sauce and honey all over it, transforming your sandwich into a delightful landslide of fat and acid.
Photo via @tastebudscle/Instagram

The Plum

4133 Lorain Ave.

The Plum's crispy chicken biscuit sandwich ($13) is a glorious mess. The Ohio City eatery fries their buttermilk-brined chicken thigh in an oregano-seasoned batter and tops it with American cheese, thick sliced pickles, shredded lettuce, a tangy sauce and, if you like, a fried egg (you like). It is best eaten with a knife and fork, especially after you dump the sides of hot sauce and honey all over it, transforming your sandwich into a delightful landslide of fat and acid.

Photo via @tastebudscle/Instagram
Market Garden Brewery
1947 West 25th St.
Market Garden serves up great beer (obviously) but their menu is often underrated. And their fried chicken sandwich, made with thigh meat, is not to be missed. Enjoy the cheesy, buttery hand-held with a pint of something delicious.
Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Market Garden Brewery

1947 West 25th St.

Market Garden serves up great beer (obviously) but their menu is often underrated. And their fried chicken sandwich, made with thigh meat, is not to be missed. Enjoy the cheesy, buttery hand-held with a pint of something delicious.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace
 Melt Bar and Grilled
Multiple Locations
Perhaps the vastness of the menu at Melt is overwhelming to you. We're here to help: Just get the chicken. There's the chicken and waffles option, or the Parma, Italy sandwich. All told, you can choose between seven creatively-made chicken sandwiches at this Cleveland chain. 
Scene Archives Photo

Melt Bar and Grilled

Multiple Locations

Perhaps the vastness of the menu at Melt is overwhelming to you. We're here to help: Just get the chicken. There's the chicken and waffles option, or the Parma, Italy sandwich. All told, you can choose between seven creatively-made chicken sandwiches at this Cleveland chain.

Scene Archives Photo
 Parker’s Downtown
2000 East Ninth St.
Located in the Kimpton Schofield Hotel, this restaurant is an offshoot of Parker’s Grille in Avon Lake. Executive chef Andrew Gorski, a CIA grad who worked at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, presides over a menu of “Northeast Ohio favorites updated with a modern twist,” which wonderfully includes a Korean fried chicken sandwich.  
Photo via @ParkersDowntown/Instagram

Parker’s Downtown

2000 East Ninth St.

Located in the Kimpton Schofield Hotel, this restaurant is an offshoot of Parker’s Grille in Avon Lake. Executive chef Andrew Gorski, a CIA grad who worked at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, presides over a menu of “Northeast Ohio favorites updated with a modern twist,” which wonderfully includes a Korean fried chicken sandwich.

Photo via @ParkersDowntown/Instagram
 Boss ChickNBeer 
120 Front St., Berea
Opened in a small strip mall in Berea not even a year ago, Boss ChickNBeer comes from the minds of Heather Doeberling and Emily Moes who are also behind the Mexican-themed Boca Loca. And yes, their fried chicken sandwich, as seen above, comes with a donut.  
Photo via @bosschicknbeer/Instagram

Boss ChickNBeer

120 Front St., Berea

Opened in a small strip mall in Berea not even a year ago, Boss ChickNBeer comes from the minds of Heather Doeberling and Emily Moes who are also behind the Mexican-themed Boca Loca. And yes, their fried chicken sandwich, as seen above, comes with a donut.

Photo via @bosschicknbeer/Instagram
SOHO Chicken + Whiskey
1889 W. 25th St.
Put "chicken" in your name and you better do it right, and SoHo does. Perfectly fried thighs and breasts (mild or hot) are served up with a variety of sides in combinations that track the day. Obviously, their Bird on a Bun sandwich, with its kickin' flavors, is not to be missed. 
Photo via @doobie720/Instagram

SOHO Chicken + Whiskey

1889 W. 25th St.

Put "chicken" in your name and you better do it right, and SoHo does. Perfectly fried thighs and breasts (mild or hot) are served up with a variety of sides in combinations that track the day. Obviously, their Bird on a Bun sandwich, with its kickin' flavors, is not to be missed.

Photo via @doobie720/Instagram