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[Photograph: Tessa McLean]

We have pretty high standards for fried chicken in this city these days, but that doesn't mean the average bar can't take on the challenge. The spicy southern fried chicken sandwich ($10.50) at Northside Bar and Grill was crisp, peppery, crunchy, and tender all at the same time. It came out very hot, nestled between a lightly toasted ciabatta bun. The battered chicken has a thick crust and sits on top of a thick spread of chipotle mayo, which smothers the bottom of the large piece of chicken. The actual amount of jalapeño in the jalapeño slaw is slim, but since the chipotle mayo packs a subtle and lingering heat, you don't miss them. The slaw also has almost no binding sauce, but again, the chipotle mayo makes up for that.

The sandwich began to fall apart after about the third bite, but it was hard to get upset about it since that sauce may have made the sandwich. Just be prepared to get messy.

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