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7 Irresistible Fried Chicken Sandwiches For Takeout in Charleston

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Charleston is filled with destinations taking simple staples and transforming them into inventive gourmet creations. The majority of people raised in the South have likely devoured a fried chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A, but several local establishments are taking this dish to the next level. Some places add pimento cheese, while others keep it simple and let the fried bird shine. When looking for a gourmet fried chicken sandwich, these are the seven go-to destinations in Charleston.

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1. KinFolk

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4430 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 768-0006
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Kinfolk is John’s Island’s go-to spot for all things fried chicken. For a little extra heat, try the Nashville-style crispy chicken sandwich, and be sure to add a side of collards or pit cooked beans for good measure. Call or order online.

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2. Boxcar Betty's

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1922 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-7470
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The only thing better than a juicy fried chicken sandwich is one topped with pimento cheese. Enter the Boxcar at Boxcar Betty’s, which comes fully loaded with pimento cheese, peach slaw, and spicy mayo. Add a side of hand cut fries or fried green tomatoes to complete the meal. Call or order online.

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3. Hen and The Goat

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869 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 410-1385
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This James Island breakfast and lunch destination offers a wide variety of sandwiches featuring pork, beef, fish and of course, chicken. Their buttermilk fried chicken is sandwiched between sliced challah and is topped with bacon and comeback sauce, forming a decadent bite. Call for orders.

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4. Street Bird Westside

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171 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC 29425

The team behind popular taco-centric food truck Semilla has a new concept focusing on gluten-free fried chicken sandwiches. The roving food truck pops up at places like the Charleston Medical District Greenway — keep up with the schedule by following on Instagram. Delivery via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

5. Leon's

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698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6500
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Leon’s fried chicken has that essential crunchy bite, making it some of the most sought after in the Holy City. The simple sandwich combines the juicy bird with slaw and Duke’s mayonnaise. Call or order online.

6. The Rarebit

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474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 974-5483
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Head to the Rarebit for the well-executed fried chicken sandwich, which is served with pickles on a toasted potato bun. The Rarebit’s entire menu features refined versions of comforting dishes, and the environment is casual yet lively. Call for pick-up or delivery.  

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7. Bay Street Biergarten

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549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 266-2437
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Bay Street Biergarten may not be able to show all the sports this season, but it has pivoted to takeout. The food menu won’t disappoint with gourmet bar bites and Bavarian-style entrees and sandwiches. The buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich comes with pimento cheese and bacon jam, providing a complex bite. Call or order online.

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1. KinFolk

4430 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
KinFolk Chs/Facebook

Kinfolk is John’s Island’s go-to spot for all things fried chicken. For a little extra heat, try the Nashville-style crispy chicken sandwich, and be sure to add a side of collards or pit cooked beans for good measure. Call or order online.

4430 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

2. Boxcar Betty's

1922 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
Boxcar Betty’s/Facebook

The only thing better than a juicy fried chicken sandwich is one topped with pimento cheese. Enter the Boxcar at Boxcar Betty’s, which comes fully loaded with pimento cheese, peach slaw, and spicy mayo. Add a side of hand cut fries or fried green tomatoes to complete the meal. Call or order online.

1922 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

3. Hen and The Goat

869 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
Hen and The Goat/Facebook

This James Island breakfast and lunch destination offers a wide variety of sandwiches featuring pork, beef, fish and of course, chicken. Their buttermilk fried chicken is sandwiched between sliced challah and is topped with bacon and comeback sauce, forming a decadent bite. Call for orders.

869 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

4. Street Bird Westside

171 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29425

The team behind popular taco-centric food truck Semilla has a new concept focusing on gluten-free fried chicken sandwiches. The roving food truck pops up at places like the Charleston Medical District Greenway — keep up with the schedule by following on Instagram. Delivery via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

171 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC 29425

5. Leon's

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Leon’s fried chicken has that essential crunchy bite, making it some of the most sought after in the Holy City. The simple sandwich combines the juicy bird with slaw and Duke’s mayonnaise. Call or order online.

698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. The Rarebit

474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Rarebit/Facebook

Head to the Rarebit for the well-executed fried chicken sandwich, which is served with pickles on a toasted potato bun. The Rarebit’s entire menu features refined versions of comforting dishes, and the environment is casual yet lively. Call for pick-up or delivery.  

474 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Bay Street Biergarten

549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Bay Street Biergarten may not be able to show all the sports this season, but it has pivoted to takeout. The food menu won’t disappoint with gourmet bar bites and Bavarian-style entrees and sandwiches. The buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich comes with pimento cheese and bacon jam, providing a complex bite. Call or order online.

549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403

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