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Glorious chicken at the Pop-Up Chicken Shop in Bloomington, Illinois

Fried chicken quarters, “The Sando,” street corn, kale salad and corn bread with honey butter. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it’s Monica. For months I have been trying to come up with an excuse to go to a Bloomington Illinois VFW hall — for chicken at the Pop-Up Chicken Shop.

Driving the news: I finally got my chance as I drove through Bloomington last month.

  • And it was everything I hoped for and more.

The intrigue: The day we visited, the shop had just moved into its own spacious location with outdoor seating.

Highlights: Pop-Up’s glorious “The Sando” features juicy chicken enrobed in a crunchy crust and topped with vinegar slaw, pickles and special sauce on a cornmeal bun ($9.50).

  • We loved the well-dressed kale salad topped with corn nuts and honey mustard ($6).
  • The Mexican elote-inspired street corn blends sweet, spicy, creamy and sour ($5).

Per tip: Chicken comes in four heat levels — country, mild, medium and hot.

  • Don’t order hot unless you have an asbestos tongue.


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