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These seven locally owned restaurants will keep your hard-earned dollars in the community, and you’ll be able to get a tasty chicken sandwich on Sundays and not have to worry about whether the supply is going to run out.

By Jacob Threadgill with photos provided

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Bricktown Brewery
1 N. Oklahoma Ave.
bricktownbrewery.com | 405-232-2739

Bricktown has the largest selection of chicken sandwiches in the city by offering a pair of grilled and fried options. The Hatch green chile sandwich includes queso, green chile relish and tortilla chips. The spicy fried sandwich features spicy mayonnaise and coleslaw. The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich from its seasonal Bricktwisted comfort food menu features caramelized pineapple slices with salt-and-pepper honey on a brioche bun.

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Nashbird
1 NW Ninth St.
nashbirdchicken.com | 405-600-9718

Nashbird has been such a success that it’s already spawning two locations from its original Automobile Alley eatery. Its Edmond spot is set to open this fall, and one in Norman is slated for the first half of 2020. Its classic chicken sandwich with choice of heat level topped with slaw and lemon mayo is a time-honored classic, but if you feel like stepping up a level, check out the Nashvillian. It’s a sandwich with hot chicken, onion rings, bacon, mac and cheese and ranch.

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The Press
1610 N. Gatewood Ave.
thepressokc.com | 405-208-7739

Since opening in 2017 and quickly becoming one of 16th Street Plaza District’s most popular restaurants, The Press has created buzz with its unique option for fried chicken: the honey Buffalo dunk. You’ve got the option for freshly fried chicken to be finished in a sweet and spicy glaze. The option extends to its sandwich, which is a fried breast on a Hawaiian bun, provolone, lettuce, tomato, pickle and honey barbecue sauce.

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Off the Hook Seafood & More
1920 S. Meridian Ave.
offthehookokc.com | 405-606-6040

In response to the national craze, Off the Hook has added its own elevated take on the Popeye’s sandwich to the menu at its south location. (It is not available at Britton Road location.) The sandwich features a crispy chicken thigh that has been brined for 48 hours before hitting the fryer and is available in regular or spicy versions.

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The Drum Room
4309 N. Western Ave.
drumroomokc.com | 405-604-0990

Popeye’s innovation in the chicken sandwich market begins with the use of a buttery brioche bun, but that seems small compared to what The Drum Room is offering. Get grilled or fried chicken served on a waffle sandwich topped with melted cheese and bacon with a side of chipotle aioli. The restaurant also offers a barbecue chicken sandwich with Swiss cheese, bacon, fried pickle chips and ranch dressing.

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Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge
900 W. Main St.
maryeddysokc.com | 405-982-6960

Chef Jason Campbell has put a local spin on the Nashville hot chicken craze. The Oklahoma City version that includes ranch, housemade pickle and cilantro on a potato bun has been so popular that is has gone from being a monthly feature to a full-time lunch menu item.

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Chuck House
4430 NW 10th St.
chuckhouseok.com | 405-942-0852

This local chain is famous for its chicken-fried steak, but don’t sleep on its chicken-fried chicken sandwich. At first glance, you might not be able to tell the two apart because, like the steak, the chicken is tenderized by being pounded thin and covered in its house breading. The chicken-fried chicken sandwich is treated like the classic that it is with mayo, lettuce and tomato.

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