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Sep 3, 2007 09:57 PM

Searching for Fried Chicken in SF

My husband and I have been craving fried chicken lately...
Any opinions on the best fried chicken here in the city?

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  1. This is where I go.....
    Hard Knox
    2526 Third St
    San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
    Phone: (415) 648-3770

    Hard Knox Cafe
    2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. Maverick has excellent fried chicken

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      1. re: Lori SF

        I second both Hard Knox (Dogpatch) and Maverick (Mission Dolores).

        Don't forget to ask for some chef's hot sauce at Maverick. Note, the fried chicken is not on the regular menu. Also, it takes about 30 minutes to make it, but it is positively delicious.

        Maverick Restaurant
        3316 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: osho

          So I would have to add San Mi on Geary their chicken kara age is one of the best I've ever eaten.

          1. re: Bodegadawg

            Ooh, ooh! I've been dying for chicken kara age for a lonnnnnnnng time. Used to get it at a great place in L.A.. Thanks!

          2. re: osho

            the fried chicken was on the menu when we went this week, but we thought it had a strong cinnamon or nutmeg flavor/scent to it. One person wasn't a fan; the other was. I just had a quick taste; I prefer Hard Knox to this. And firefly.

            1. re: margieco

              Firefly on 24th St for Fried Chicken ?

              1. re: osho

                yup. It may not always be on the menu but when I've had it there it was great.

          1. I am considering going to Powell's Place for the fried chicken next time in San Francisco. How does the chicken there rate? Thanks.

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            1. re: curiousgeo

              I'm not a fan of the fried chicken at Powell's Place. Here's my April post with another disappointment,

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Thanks Melanie. That's sad to hear. I don't mind waiting for some freshly cooked fried chicken since I know it takes a while to prepare, but to go at lunchtime and have chicken that sat under a heat lamp would be very disappointing.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I noticed that you also mentioned in your previous posting J's Pot of Soul. I always drive by that place on the way to the freeway on ramp (Octavia). Have you eaten there? Any recommendations? Do they have Fried Chicken?

                  I had the leftover fried chicken thighs from my spouse's fried chicken dinner from Powell's. It was delicious and not overcooked. But it was freshly made since there was a huge delay in getting a batch made (over 30 min). To make up for the delay, everyone at the table got a double order plus extra cornmuffins. So, their delay was my gain. It was really simply cooked and nicely salted. Tasted homemade.

                  1. re: boomer13

                    According to Cynsa, wings only. If you put her name and the restaurant's in the search engine, you'll turn up quite a few reports, I believe.

                  2. re: Melanie Wong

                    I agree with Melanie about Powell's chicken. Not worth a trip.

                2. Will Korean Fried Chicken satisfy your cravings?

                  Shin Toe Bul Yi
                  2001 Taraval at 30th Ave.

                  3814 Noriega
                  between 47th ~ 48th Avenues

                  otherwise, it's Hard Knox, Farmer Brown, wings-only at J's Pots of Soul, Front Porch ... adding Maverick to my wish list.

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                  1. re: Cynsa

                    Toyose is great.

                    3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122