Fair Fowl—Poultry Dishes in SLP

Check out these poultry-centric dishes in St. Louis Park.
Roasted young hen is served with risotto at Mill Valley Kitchen.

When figuring out what protein is for dinner, it’s easy to get into a rut. Burgers, pork chops, dry chicken—again. It’s easy to forget there’s more to poultry than just chicken, and that chicken doesn’t have to be boring. To help remind you, we’ve put together some of the dishes you can find in St. Louis Park restaurants that feature anything-but-bland chicken, turkey and duck. Try them out and find your new favorite fowl.

Bluefox Chicken

For starters, take the familiar bird and toss out the definition you have in your mind. At Bluefox, this appetizer starts with organic boneless chicken marinated in spiced yogurt. Chopped into bite-size pieces, fried and served with a tangy cumin-yogurt dressing for dipping—a little or a lot, your choice. The spices prove that chicken just needs to be given a little nudge to go from “meh” to “whoa.” The dressing is the perfect complement, altogether showing that chicken appetizers can go beyond chicken wings. ($9)

Turkey Pot Pie

Good Day Café
The café known for its breakfast and comfort food doesn’t disappoint with its turkey pot pie. This isn’t even close to the items in the grocery-store freezer section. It starts with their flaky pastry bowl—that’s right, pastry bowl—no soggy pie crust in a disposable tin here. It’s filled to the brim with rotisserie turkey breast and root veggies in a gloriously creamy filling. It will remind you of Grandma’s house, and might inspire you to use that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in the freezer—or just leave the cooking to Good Day. ($11.95)

Crispy Duck Wings

Yard House
Duck seems to be the forgotten fowl, and for completely unknown reasons, since its flavor is more like red meat than chicken. These wings are like no wings you’ve had before. The duck has a deeper, richer flavor than the traditional chicken wing, and Yard House’s batter is light and crisp, which lets the meat be the star. Of course, part of the reason the meat shines is thanks to supporting player maple-soy glaze. The sweet, salty, crispy combination will make it hard to share this small plate, tossed with sesame seeds, red onions and serrano chiles, and served with a small herb salad. ($12.25)

Chipotle Turkey Burger

Bunny’s Bar and Grill
Sometimes you want a burger but you don’t want beef. Turkey burgers, though, have a reputation for being dry, bland and altogether a waste of calories. That’s where Bunny’s chipotle turkey burger puts others to shame. This flavor-packed burger starts with a lean turkey patty and is topped with applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and jalapeño mayo. The light jalapeño kick is a great way to spice up the otherwise mild turkey flavor, and the bacon and avocado add the fat that many turkey burgers lack. You’ll be part of the clean plate club, and you won’t be missing the beef. ($10.95)

Roasted Young Hen

Mill Valley Kitchen
There’s something inherently classy yet down-to-earth about roast chicken, and the roasted hen at Mill Valley Kitchen is no different. Pieces of simply roasted hen sit atop a bed of farro-mushroom risotto, dressed in a pan sauce. It’s both decadent and light, familiar and fancy. The mix of textures between the farro, crispy exterior of the hen, and perfectly moist interior keeps things exciting. ($24)

Duck Spring Roll

Raku Sushi and Lounge
If you’re looking for crunch, here’s where to find it. When you order the duck spring roll at Raku, you might be surprised at what’s on the plate. This is a rich, flavor-packed adventure in appetizers. Duck meat, cucumber and scallions are enveloped in a crispy wrapper and served with hoisin sauce. The duck has a meaty richness that supports the fried wrapper, and the dark hoisin sauce is the sweet balance to an otherwise savory dish. And don’t forget the crunch. ($8)

Sizzling Duck

Take your typical stir-fry to a new level with sizzling duck at Yangtze. Boneless duck and a variety of vegetables are tossed together in a spicy orange sauce and served on a sizzling platter. It’s a rich, savory dish with a zing. For those more serious about their duck dishes, Yangtze is one of the few places in the Twin Cities you can find Peking Duck—but you’ll have to call ahead to give them proper time to cook it. ($17.75)