Casual joint Atomic Chicken opened Wednesday in Detroit’s New Center area with multiple ways to eat fried chicken, plus loaded macaroni and cheese, hand-cut fries and granny apple slaw.

Atomic Chicken has been on local foodies’ radar as “opening soon” for more than a year. Wednesday, the restaurant – which has counter service, carryout and dine-in seating – opened for its first lunch service.

The chicken comes regular, spicy or “Motor City Hot.” One signature sandwich is the Atomic Chicken ($6.99) which is a hearty handful featuring the Motor City Hot chicken breast, sliced bleu cheese, mayo and granny apple slaw. The chunky and crisp slaw has apple, cabbage, carrot and green onion.

Another notable sandwich is the Kitchen Sink, which is a hoagie roll stuffed with pulled sriracha chicken, mac ’n’ cheese, french fries, bacon, cheese sauce, green onions and a crumble of Better Made potato chips.

Along with chicken sandwiches, the new spot has chicken tenders ($4.99) in their three signature styles, or unbreaded fried wings available in Motor City Hot, honey barbecue or zesty Asian. Those are $6.99 for three and $1.99 per additional wing.

The lunch and dinner post also serves sweet potato tots and ice cream floats made with Treat Dreams vanilla bean ice cream. (One of the owners of Atomic Chicken is Treat Dreams honcho Scott Moloney.)

This is the second location for the new chicken brand. The first Atomic Chicken location is at 331 N. Main in Clawson, but is currently closed.

Atomic Chicken Detroit is at 6500 Woodward. Call (313) 782-4810 or visit

(313) 222-2402

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