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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

                  2. On Thursday nights, Magnolia on Haight @ Masonic offers a fried chicken special, and it's pretty darned good. The meat is always juicy and the crust is nice and crunchy, not too greasy.

                    1. If you want a fancier place with ambience, then Firefly or Townhall are great choices. Not as cheap as a bucket from You Know Where, but very trustworthy.

                      I just had the fried chicken at Townhall last week and was not disappointed. (For $25, I better not be!) I think I got a breast, drumstick and thigh. They were coated in the perfect thickness of crunch (not too chunky, not too fine), and the meat was very moist. Mashed potatoes layered underneath were also good; not too much gravy. My tablemates ordered things not considered specialties of the house (ie, not Southern or Cajun or fattening) and they longingly eyed my dinner while complaining about their meals (white fish with vegetables).

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                      1. Hard Knox is okay... but the side dishes are dissappointing. The collard greens in particularly were practically inedible when I ate there.

                        1. Farmer Brown's fried chicken was very good. I was there a few months ago. It's a little trendy though in case you're not into that scene.

                            1. re: vinoveritas

                              I had fried chicken the other night at Front Porch, and it was very poor. Lacked flavor, chicken was really overcooked. And they failed to serve us all at the same time with very long lag times. This is something that happens every time I go there.

                              1. re: vinoveritas

                                I have to agree here, Front Porch is probably the best fried chicken i've had in the city.

                                1. re: shellshock24

                                  My experience with FP FC is that the flavor was pretty good, but with the first bite of each piece, all the breading fell off. I found myself picking up pieces of breading off the plate and matching them to pieces of chicken as I ate them...not my ideal in eating FC. Also, I liked the greens but didn't detect much of the advertised coconut flavor. I really did not like the mashed sweet potatoes. They were too rich and cloying and not a good match for the FC

                              2. I just read that Pig & Whistle occasionally has fried chicken and it is good. Anyone tried it?

                                1. anyone tried Louisiana Fried Chicken near Tu Lan on 6th?

                                  Louisiana Fried Chicken
                                  340 El Cerrito Plz, El Cerrito, CA

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                                  1. re: lessleyellen

                                    Not me, but you might find more information about LFC on the Chains board.

                                    1. re: lessleyellen

                                      I worked near there for about a year, ending last summer. The chicken never looked good there and there were always better lunch options around.

                                      Farmer Brown a block away might be the place for FC..but not open for lunch.

                                    2. On Tuesdays Chenery Park has fried chicken and fixins as a special. I really liked it when I went there. I should warn you that Tuesday is also kids' night. My son was voted "messiest kid" when we went. Lucky for you, we don't go out much, so you are unlikely to have to sit next to us if you go.

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                                      1. re: Anya L

                                        I tried to edit my previous post to link to this place, but it didn't want to let me do that, so I am replying to my post in order to link.

                                        Chenery Park Restaurant
                                        683 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

                                        1. re: Anya L

                                          My wife and I often go on Tuesday nights to Chenery Park and though it is, indeed, "Family Night" we've never been at all disturbed by the families and their kids. (We don't have kids.)

                                          The fried chicken is good, too.

                                          1. re: ccbweb

                                            I have to try it. I confess that I have been wanting to check out Fried Chicken night, and always wish that it was not the same night as family night....

                                            1. re: susancinsf

                                              Since you know the restaurant (as I know from previous threads); they pretty much seat the families with kiddos upstairs and seat the non-kiddo-ed folks downstairs. It's worked out pretty well from our perspective. Since the staff is geared up for it, too, it all seems to work out pretty smoothly. Besides, the bartenders are good, so a few minutes after you get there you can be a drink in and not care.

                                              1. re: ccbweb

                                                I agree that the staff really knew what they were doing. And the bartender made me a terrific sidecar (which I enjoyed until my husband and kid showed up).

                                        2. Try Farmer Brown. Or STREET on Polk has a fried chicken special but I can't remember which night they serve it?

                                          1. Try the southern fried chicken at Gator's Restaurant on B Street in San Mateo. Delicious! and reasonably priced.

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