As the quest to discover the best fried chicken in Connecticut continues, it takes an exciting turn to New Haven.

Here, we uncover a gem that’s serving up a myriad of soul food classics—Sandra’s Next Generation.

The food here is in huge proportions.

Even the smallest plate comes with two sides.

Fried Chicken

The chicken is perfectly cooked—tender on the inside with an almost cornflake-like crust that creates a crunchy outside.

This texture contrast between the crispy skin and tender chicken makes every bite enjoyable.

The crust could benefit from a bit more seasoning, however.

A dash more salt could have elevated this dish from ‘delicious’ to ‘exceptional’.

Nonetheless, the chicken here is worthy of a visit.

Rating: Fried Chicken


On to the two sides

Black-Eyed Peas

They’re pretty good.

With a hint of shallots and an array of spices that give them a pleasant flavor.

It’s a fine dish, though not particularly memorable.

Rating: Black-Eyed Peas


Fried Plantains

Now, onto the highlight of our visit: the Fried Plantains.

These were more than just ‘excellent’.

The plantains had a beautifully caramelized exterior that cracked with every bite, revealing a buttery, slightly firm interior.

The balance between the sweet caramelization and the rich, buttery flavor of the plantain itself was perfection.

Whether you’re a fan of plantains or new to this wonderful ingredient, the fried plantains at Sandra’s Next Generation are a must-try.

Rating: Fried Plantains


Sandra’s Next Generation provides a mix of soulful food with its perfectly cooked chicken and sublime fried plantains taking center stage. It’s a spot that you should certainly consider on your food adventures in Connecticut.

Sandra’s Next Generation

Address: 636 Congress Ave, New Haven, CT 06519
Hours: Sunday noon to 7pm

Monday and Tuesday Closed

Wednesday to Friday 11:30am to 8pm

Saturday noon to 8pm