Where they are: Scattered around Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, South Dakota, and Louisiana
Why you need them: Usually, restaurants sadistically make you choose between tenders and wings, which is essentially the Sophie’s Choice of fast food. But Slim Chickens has managed to cater to fans of both AND antiquated movie references beautifully, with hand-breaded tenders that can be ordered in the same basket as its tender, delicious wings. Oh, and chicken and waffles, the sleeper hit that somehow still eludes most chains.
What to get: The Tenders & Wings basket, obviously, but pair them with some fried pickles and okra, two other choices that are often absent on fast food menus.