11 Black-Owned Restaurants With Better Chicken Sandwiches Than Popeyes

Upon releasing their chicken sandwich, fast-food chain Popeye’s created an uproar on social media. Heated debates between fast-food fans have turned into a full out #ChickenSandwichWar on twitter. Luckily for Popeye’s, the war and the many mentions of their chicken sandwich on Twitter have generated an estimated $23 million in advertisements for the company. 

While y’all were debating and mentioning Popeye’s on Twitter, we were looking for Black-Owned restaurants with chicken sandwiches to support. We have compiled a list of chicken sandwiches for you to try that will also keep Black dollars in the community. Download our app HERE to discover and review Black-owned businesses near you!

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Taste This  – Baltimore, Maryland

This restaurant prides itself on offering quality comfort food and providing a dining experience like no other. Their Spicy Chicken Sandwich is no different. The sandwich contains two pieces of chicken, lettuce, tomato and a honey chipotle mayo.

Website: http://www.tastethisbaltimore.com


Roaming Rooster – Washington, D.C. 
black owned restaurant roaming rooster

This family-owned food truck and restaurant is best known for serving fresh grain-fed, free-range chicken. And their options for chicken sandwiches are plentiful. Some of their offerings include the “Honey Butter Fried Chicken Sandwich”, which features a buttermilk fried chicken breast drizzled with honey butter and topped with cheddar cheese. The truck also offers a classic chicken sandwich topped with a vinaigrette coleslaw. 


Chocolat Restaurant & Bar – Harlem, New York

black owned restaurant chocolat

Chocolat Harlem is a favorite Harlem restaurant that features a menu of updated soul food, American comfort and Southern food. Widely known as a popular Harlem brunch spot, our menu includes prime meats, fresh seafood, and our famous fried chicken, accented by pairings of wines and cocktails.


The Coast Cafe – Cambridge, Massachusetts
black owned restaurant coast cafe
The Coast Cafe, we serve America’s preeminent regional cuisine: Southern-Cooked Soul Food. From vegetarian offerings to our own slow-smoked BBQ to our mouthwatering Fried Chicken, The Coast Cafe is the perfect destination for great food.
Website: www.coastsoulcafe.com


Big Chicken Shaq – Las Vegas, Nevada 

black owned restaurant big chicken shaq

Fresh fried chicken brought to you by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. Big Chicken Shaq prides itself on serving preservative-free, antibiotic-free, cage-free humanely raised chickens. The restaurant offers six different versions of the classic chicken sandwich. Some of their offerings include the “Big Aristotle”, which features Muenster cheese, fried onions, bacon and barbeque sauce. All sandwiches are served on a brioche bun. 


Monroe’s Hot Chicken – Phoenix, Arizona 
black owned restaurant monroe's hot chicken

Monroe’s Hot Chicken offers Nashville-style chicken in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant offers two varieties of chicken sandwiches. The first being the “Fried Chicken Sandwich”, which features southern coleslaw, pickles and “kick-it-up” sauce all on a brioche bun. The second being the “Hot Chicken Belgian Waffle Sandwich”, which is drizzled with butter, syrup and dusted with powdered sugar. 


SoCo Brooklyn – Brooklyn, New York
black owned restaurant soco bk
SoCo is a full service Southern Fusion restaurant concept in Brooklyn, NY. SoCo is equal parts restaurant and cocktail bar. The menu at SoCo is Southern Fusion, a mixture of cajun/creole, barbecue and soul food.
Website: www.socobk.com


Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles – Phoenix, AZ; Scottsdale, AZ; Gilbert, AZ
black owned restaurant lo-lo's
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles concept was born in 1997. Larry White perfected his fried chicken recipe in the back of his grandmother’s restaurant and opened his first location in 2002 in Phoenix, Ariz. Our casual dining fare features scratch-made, savory, fried chicken and sweet, syrupy waffles.
Website: www.loloschickenandwaffles.com


Sweet Chick – Brooklyn, NY, Manhattan, NY, Los Angeles, CA  

black owned restaurant sweet chick
(Photo courtesy of Coffee And Champagne)
If you’re looking for bite-sized chicken sandwich treats, then this is the right place for you. The restaurant offers fried chicken sliders that are served on mini biscuits. At east coast locations, the sliders are served spicy and at west coast locations, the sliders are served with Nashville butter and hot honey. 


Richard’s Southern Fried – Atlanta, Georgia
black owned restaurant richard's
Richard’s Southern Fried has quickly become the destination of choice for Nashville-style hot chicken. Located at red-hot Krog Street Market, Richard’s is helmed by chef Todd Richards, who is well-known in the Atlanta and national culinary worlds.
Website: www.richardssouthernfried.com


Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles – Chicago, Illinois and Oak Park, Illinois
black owned restaurant chicago's home
Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles serves traditional Southern-style, down-home dishes just like grandma used to make. Whether you’re craving chicken and waffles for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they’ve got an option for every palate in addition to classic sides like cornbread, mac and cheese, yams, collard greens, Cajun red beans and rice, and more.



  • Loree SAYS:

    11/07/2019 at 3:47 pmEdit

    Encore Rouge
    Birmingham, AL

  • $hizzGunna SAYS:

    09/11/2019 at 2:25 pmEdit

    So you not gonna include Roscos Chicken and Waffle in LA that made it to Brooklyn… Roscos chicken ain’t make the cut?

  • lash factory SAYS:

    09/06/2019 at 4:36 amEdit

    my mouth is watering!!

  • Tommy SAYS:

    08/29/2019 at 10:02 amEdit

    Sonny & Sons is opening today in Indy, by top chef winner Kevin Sbraga who is famous in Philly for bringing AMAZING hot chicken to the foodie scene here with the ever-missed Fat Ham restaurant. It’s sure to be a hit and we hope he makes his way back to his hometown. Show him some love!

  • Franny SAYS:

    08/28/2019 at 12:13 pmEdit

    Antone’s in Houston is not black owned. They named the chicken sandwich after bun b AFTER this chicken sandwich craze began.


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