By now, you've heard the devastating news that after causing a ripple of hunger pains, puddles of drool, and a social media firestorm since its release date on Aug. 12 (worth roughly $23 million in free advertising), Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has decided to call it quits and remove their coveted Spicy Chicken Sandwich from the menu!
Of course, those who didn’t get a taste of the spicy fried chicken sandwich served up on a buttered brioche bun with pickles are crushed they didn't get a bite.
While we still have hilarious Popeyes memes that we can continue to enjoy long after the crispy favorite fades to a just memory, we have to admit that we’re left searching for whose got next!?
In a voyage to find crispy crunchy deliciousness, we searched the United States to share with you Black-owned establishments that have the next “best chicken sandwich."
Keep scrolling to see all the mouth-watering suggestions from Black-owned businesses you can support!
3176 Bladensburg RD NE,
Washington, DC 20018
Thanks to beauty influencer Bri Hall shouting out Roaming Rooster's chicken sandwich in an extremely viral tweet, native Ethiopian owner Michael Habtemariam told the Washington Post that he's sold about 5,000 sandwiches in a week!
So what’s causing all the craze? Known for their free-range, grain-fed poultry, the Black-owned restaurant offers five different types of crispy buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches to choose from: plain served with house-made vinaigrette slaw, Buffalo-style with blue cheese, smothered honey butter and cheddar, a bacon club, and Nashville hot with three different heat levels. Yum!
2223 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
Popeyes may have boasted of having a buttered brioche bun, but what about a delicious homemade biscuit?
If you're looking to step outside of the box, taste Chocolat Restaurant & Bar's chicken biscuit sandwich served with chili maple pepper sauce! And if you're not really into biscuits, take a look at their lunch menu, featuring their hand-battered crispy chicken sandwich with chipotle aioli served on a brioche bun!
4759 NW 167th St
Carol City, FL 33055
The long line will be worth the wait once you get a bite of Shuckin & Jivin’s crispy chicken sandwich with Cajun flare. They say that just one bite will make you weak in the knees.
2836 N 22nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19132
With over 269,000 fans on Instagram and countless video testimonials from happy consumers, we think it’s safe to say Country Cookin’s chicken sandwiches must be that jawn! In the words of the restaurant’s owner, Saudia Shuler, “Come spend this shmoney.”
45 W Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Now that’s one massive chicken sandwich! Serving up delicious Nashville flavor in downtown Phoenix, Monroe's Hot Chicken’s sandwich has six different “heat levels” including "What da Cluck!," which is so hot you have to sign a waiver to eat it.
Their daily location changes: Here’s their schedule.
Are you a vegan? Then Lettuce Feast’s crispy “chicken” sandwich was made just for you! While it may look just like a real chicken sandwich, it’s “chikn” without the guilt or compromising on the flavor. Choose from hot and sweet flavors, but if you’re really feeling hungry, grab the combo, which comes with fries and a drink. Oh yeah, did we mention you choose from a pretzel bun or brioche bun? Goals!
154 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Don’t let their name fool you, The Crabby Shack has one seriously delicious-looking buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, which demands attention with chili-infused honey. Bonus! You'll be supporting a company that's not only Black-owned, but also women-owned.
102 East 25th St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
If you’re looking for a spicy chicken sandwich with mouth-watering honey chipotle mayo, look no further than Taste This Delivery’s yummy contender.
20504 Livernois Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48221
You know it’s good when you have a dance session right after biting into it. On the Instagram video above, a foodie tried their five-spice chicken sandwich with spicy coleslaw and a bang-bang sauce — well, we will just let her reaction speak for itself.
520 4th St North, Suite 202,
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Soul Bowl’s “AA” chicken sandwich may not have been released yet, but it’s already causing mouths to water. On Sept. 6, the sandwich, featuring a cornbread bun, collard greens, fried chicken, mac and cheese, and Capital City Co. mambo sauce, will be up for the tasting.
Their daily location changes, so here’s their Instagram.
If you're in the mood for some serious crunch, you may want to consider copping a “Kick'n Cajun” by Shad’s New Cali Catering Food Truck. Served with seasoned garlic fries, it’s bound to be an entire mood!
Do you have a favorite chicken sandwich place that we didn't mention? Be a friend and share in the comments.