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Fried Chicken in SF

AmySherman Oct 24, 2006 09:15 PM

What local restaurants am I missing for Southern style fried chicken? (real restaurants, not chains like Popeye's or KFC)

Foreign CInema
Farmer Brown
Hard Knox
BlueJay Cafe
Chenery Park
Jack Falstaff


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    Kristine RE: AmySherman Oct 24, 2006 09:21 PM

    The Front Porch, in the outer mission, on 29th I believe.

    1. ChowFun_derek RE: AmySherman Oct 24, 2006 10:10 PM

      You may want to add Andrew Jaeger's...S.F. has the other branch of this New Orleans restaurant...at the old Condor site


      also Powell's Place off of Fillmore

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        MuppetGrrl RE: ChowFun_derek Oct 24, 2006 10:18 PM

        I second Powell's!

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          Robert Lauriston RE: MuppetGrrl Oct 24, 2006 10:21 PM

          Have you had good fried chicken at the new location? At the old place I found it hit or miss (and the rest of the menu was not good).


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            MuppetGrrl RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 24, 2006 10:39 PM

            I haven't, alas, and realized I should've mentioned it in my post. The previous location, I always liked the chicken and the cornbread, and the rest of the sides were acceptable.

            I'm bummed to see it's gone downhill, though. They were never very good with handling large crowds, that's for certain.

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            ChowFun_derek RE: MuppetGrrl Oct 25, 2006 03:43 PM

            I didn't say I LIKED Powell's just that it has fried chicken...my experience in the new space (very attractive) has not been good..
            ..and I myself have not tried Andrew Jaeger's...

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              Robert Lauriston RE: ChowFun_derek Oct 25, 2006 03:47 PM

              I haven't ordered it, but Jaeger's seems like the kind of place where the fried chicken would be good. Somebody there knows how to fry.

        2. larochelle RE: AmySherman Oct 25, 2006 12:18 AM

          About once a month Maverick does a special menu called "Southern Fried Night". I went to the last one and really enjoyed it. One person in our party had the fried chicken, and it was quite good.

          I had the Chicken Fried Steak and it was awesome. But it was a particular kind - double thick and iron skillet fried - extremely "grandma" / homestyle. It was not at all the deep fried, crunchy batter that is common out here.

          I would definitely recommend giving them a call to find out when the next Southern Fried Night is and making a reservation.

          PS - BlueJay cafe has gone way downhill and is not recommended. As nice as the people at Hard Knox Cafe are and as much as I really wanted to like it...the food just isn't good.

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            Candice RE: larochelle Oct 25, 2006 04:55 PM

            Unfortunately, the F.C. I had at Maverick wasn't very good. Here's a link to the July thread discussing F.C. around town. I'm looking forward to trying Front Porch.


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              larochelle RE: Candice Oct 25, 2006 06:44 PM

              Interesting. Perhaps the Maverick FC has evolved since June since the FC we had in September was juicy, nicely crispy and definitely not oily.

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                Candice RE: larochelle Oct 25, 2006 10:12 PM

                Hmm, I wonder too. Did your chicken have a dark coating or a hint of cinnamon? Maybe I'll give it another try, but there are still a lot of places on my list before I make return visits! FYI I got my reservation at Maverick from the 1000 pt. section of opentable.com.

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              Civil Bear RE: larochelle Oct 25, 2006 05:05 PM

              >>"As nice as the people at Hard Knox Cafe are and as much as I really wanted to like it...the food just isn't good."

              I would tend to agree with you on most of their dishes, but I love their fried chicken. The rest of their dishes aren't really good or bad, just under seasoned, IMO.

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              potatoe RE: AmySherman Oct 25, 2006 11:43 AM

              definitely front porch!

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                mariamargarita RE: AmySherman Oct 25, 2006 06:31 PM

                Apparently Mel's has fried chicken, but I wouldn't advocate eating there. Just adding it to the list.

                Q has decent fried chicken, Front Porch is defenitely my favorite!

                1. Chris Rising RE: AmySherman Oct 25, 2006 08:43 PM

                  Street on Polk. It is always on the menu on Sunday's, not sure when else.

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