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Fried chicken to rival Ad Hoc

sfpizzalover Nov 9, 2009 12:32 PM

Just returned from trying the new fried chicken sandwich at Duc Loi Supermarket. Go get this amazing sandwich before the take it off the menu (they just took off the vegetarian sandwich recently).
The chicken was a generous portion, crispy, well seasoned and not greasy at all. Best of all were the rendered pieces of chicken skin (shatteringly crunchy and paper thin) that they added to the sandwich. It added a component similar to a potato chip, but chicken flavored!
This is the best piece of fried chicken I have had since Ad Hoc's!

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Duc Loi Supermarket
2200 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Frosty Melon Nov 9, 2009 01:21 PM

    This is the Mission Street Food outpost that's serving burgers, right? Thanks for this, I had heard they were doing Fried Chicken Sandwiches. I need a new source now that Town Hall's outdoor BBQ lunches have ended for the season.

    Town Hall Restaurant
    342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

    Mission Chinese Food
    2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Frosty Melon
      sfpizzalover Nov 9, 2009 02:01 PM

      Yes, same people as Mission Street Food. They make 15 portions of chicken a day.

      Mission Chinese Food
      2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    2. mariacarmen Nov 14, 2009 11:56 AM

      Am finishing up on as i write this! Very good flavor, and you're right, not greasy in the least, snd super crispy. The secret aioli and the slaw and slivers of jalapeno cut the richness of the chicken. Only quibble is the bun was cold - not just not-hot or not-warm, but cold. really messy, really filling, really delicious.

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        walker Nov 15, 2009 02:50 AM

        I went there a few days ago to get a chicken sandwich but discovered they only use thighs and I really dislike dark meat so I passed on it.

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        1. re: walker
          grayelf Nov 15, 2009 08:44 AM

          Good to know, walker. This is a selling point for the SO which may mean I will get to try the burger next trip :-).

          1. re: walker
            JasmineG Nov 15, 2009 10:14 AM

            If they only use thighs, I'm going to have to go out of my way to go there to get it!

            1. re: walker
              walker Nov 15, 2009 12:37 PM

              I didn't mention in the above post -- after leaving here because of thigh meat, I did finally satisfy my fried chicken craving -- I tried Little Skillet for the first time and really loved it. Warning: skip the biscuit, get the waffle. They let you choose white or dark or combo so I got all white at no extra charge (although, I would have been willing to pay extra). They asked if I wanted 2 breasts or a breast and a wing and I chose 2 breasts.

              Farmerbrown's Little Skillet
              330 Ritch Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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              jberland Nov 16, 2009 07:44 AM

              Yeah, this fried chicken sandwich is incredible. Funny backstory is that the fried chicken sandwich replaced the veggie burger. The staff said the veggie burger was a pain in the ass to make and to add insult to injury to the the vegetarians (unintentionally, of course) they not only replaced the veggie burger with a chicken sandwich, but a chicken sandwich that is fried in bacon fat and served with crispy chicken skin. I'm sorry but this is too funny.

              The guy who came up with the dish & the chef at Mission Burger is Danny Bowien. He won the International Pesto Competition in Italy. And he used to or still is the chef at Farina.

              Here's a pic of the sandwich

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                calfoodie88 Nov 17, 2009 10:03 AM

                Mission Street Food is the best place to go when your in dire need of some chicken with the best skin you could ever ask for! 3 stars.

                Mission Chinese Food
                2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                1. re: calfoodie88
                  mrs bacon Nov 17, 2009 03:05 PM

                  When are they open? The website says Wed.-Sat. but another review listed different days.

                  1. re: mrs bacon
                    grayelf Nov 18, 2009 07:17 AM

                    I thought it was Wed to Sat also which is why we couldn't fit it in this trip. Maybe that explains Cynsa's sub-par sarnie on a Tues below??

                    1. re: grayelf
                      Cynsa Nov 18, 2009 07:26 AM

                      that's a Red Flag — I will give it another try... http://missionburger.com/

                    2. re: mrs bacon
                      BernalKC Nov 18, 2009 08:10 AM

                      They are open on Thursday night and Saturday night only. They recently started taking reservations via email. Check out their website/blog for details and for the day's menu. There are no fixtures on their menu (aside from Lung Shan's dumplings) so don't count on seeing chicken on the menu.

                      Mission Chinese Food
                      2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. re: BernalKC
                        JasmineG Nov 18, 2009 09:08 AM

                        That's Mission Street Food -- the chicken sandwich and burger are by the MSF people, but are seperate from the Thursday/Saturday schedule and are in a different location, see the link above.

                        Mission Chinese Food
                        2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  2. Cynsa Nov 17, 2009 08:06 PM

                    Did I hit an off-day today? The fried chicken was spit-it-out nasty; cold, greasy, burnt and tasting of old oil. The bread was cold and heart-clogging greasy, I needed the lettuce and red chilies to purge the terrible taste - then tossed it into the garbage. So, where's the crispy, well-seasoned fried chicken to rival Ad Hoc? I shoulda' gone to Little Skillet.
                    btw, today's fried chicken sandwich was NOT the sandwich in jberland's pic ...

                    Farmerbrown's Little Skillet
                    330 Ritch Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                    1. re: Cynsa
                      mariacarmen Nov 18, 2009 09:07 AM

                      That's really too bad - mine was EXCELLENT on Saturday. my chicken was shatteringly crispy, warm, and not a bit greasy. I got mine at about noon - maybe later in the day it's not as good?

                      Also, i think there is some confusion above. MSF is the restaurant at Lung Shan and is open Thursday thru Saturdays for dinner only. The fried chicken sandwich and burger are available at Mission BURGER, which is inside Duc Loi, the supermarket on the corner.of Mission and 18th.

                      Shan Restaurant
                      1530 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA

                      Lung Shan Restaurant
                      2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. re: mariacarmen
                        beerandpork Nov 18, 2009 11:35 PM

                        clarifying the clarification: MSF is generally open for dinner on Thursday and Saturday, not Thursday "thru" Saturday. Follow http://blog.missionstreetfood.com/ if that's what you're after.

                    2. anneliesz Nov 18, 2009 01:19 PM

                      I really like Hard Knox cafe's fried chicken. I usually get it in their sandwich with wing sauce on a soft bun.

                      1. mariacarmen Mar 22, 2010 01:00 PM

                        Sadly, the chicken sandwich at Mission Meat Market at Duc Loi is off the menu. So sad - I was a big fan. I recently tried Bakesale Betty's in Oakland and it was HUGE, but soggy, and Mission Meat's to me was infinitely better - crisp-wise, flavor-wise, slaw-wise. Plus, i like dark meat, unlike a lot of others. The chicken has been replaced by a fried fish sandwich, which I wanted to try today but no go. Instead, i was offered the special of the day, "pork nuggets". i said what are those? they said "spicy pork nuggets, deep fried." ok, i'm game. "well we haven't made a sauce for them yet." "i don't care, give them to me with the caper aioli." "i think i can whip up a thousand island dressing for them." "ok!"

                        Seven or eight very crispy chunks of what i believe is pork shoulder marinated in something slightly spicy and very salty (i find all their food salty, but i still really like it) came with a cup of chunky homemade TI dressing. The pork inside was tender, searing hot (temp., not spicy), the outside stayed crispy even three blocks away. $5.00. Good, tasty, very filling, but not as good as the chicken sandwich. I really want to try that fish!

                        Bakesale Betty
                        5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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                          MichaelJJackson Jan 28, 2011 03:12 PM

                          To my pleasant surprise, I found the fried chicken at Pizzaiolo to be almost as good as Ad Hoc's, and as such it is my 2nd favorite fried chicken

                          The pizza is of course excellent too, but their fried chicken was the best thing I ate that night.

                          5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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