Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub's Waffle Battered Chicken Sandwich: 50 Favorite Dishes, no.49

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Joy Summers
It's the sandwich that ate lunch

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.

It's giggle inducing, this mammoth sandwich of dubious origin. Honestly, who would look at a skinless, boneless chicken breast and think: You know, I could go for a waffle? Or a beer .... Thankfully, the people behind south Minneapolis's new Northbound Smokehouse brewpub did. Someone was just crazy enough to combine all three.

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Once the chuckles subside, Northbound Smokehouse's waffle battered chicken sandwich is a beauty to behold. It's massive, deep, and golden, like a perfectly poured India Pale Ale. The savory-sweet crust shatters at first bite, as your teeth tear into tender, juicy chicken. Crash through another arm of fried coating and taste that carnival-crusty waffle batter, just a bit bready beneath the surface, with a little sweetness before that trace taste of hoppy beer. Served on an egg bun with a lily-gilding swipe of garlic-spiked mayo, this is the sort of sandwich you clear your calendar for -- all your meals for the day are taken care of.

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Location Info

Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub

2716 E. 38th St., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

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I'm a fan of Northbound, but I've found the waffle batter to be too sweet and it tastes weird with the "usual" condiments.  They should just go for it and serve stuff that's coated with the waffle batter with a side of maple syrup.


"Honestly, who would look at a skinless, boneless chicken breast and think: You know, I could go for a waffle?"

Yeah, I mean nobody has ever thought of the chicken and waffle combination before...

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