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Seemingly out of nowhere, fried chicken has become all the rage. Chef Thomas Boemer is killing it, fried chicken-wise, at his just-opened Revival, offering it a few ways, including a straight-up (and superb) Southern fried version, as well as “Tennessee hot,” which more than lives up to its billing. At Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar, chef/owner Ben Rients taps every tool in his fine-dining arsenal to create an astonishing study in fried chicken contrasts. Revival, 4257 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.; 612-345-4516; and Lyn 65 Kitchen & Bar, 6439 Lyndale Av. S., Richfield; 612-353-5501; lyn65.com

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