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Aug 7, 2010 10:04 PM

Finding the Best Fried Chicken in San Francisco !!

Who DOES really have the best, most tasty Fried Chicken in
San Francisco??? Not other counties, just in SF ??

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  1. wouldn't consider frisco fried nor auntie april's the best (both on 3rd) but i would consider them for honorable mention.

    1. Try Hard Knox. The one on 3rd does it right. I haven't tried the other location.

      Firefly is also very good.

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

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      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        Hard Knox on Clement Street is tasty, too - at lunch with waffle!

        Hard Knox Cafe
        2448 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      2. Thanks for posting this. I'm on a fried chicken "quest". For now, the best for me is Queens Louisiana Po Boy Cafe. I"m not even sure if they serve it everyday. They definitely have it on Tuesdays, for the $1.99 2 pieces of dark chicken special. You must include this fried chicken as one of the best.

        I had it at Little Skillet, which I love, but still think Queens is better.

        Also tried the fried chicken at Mel's Diner on Lombard and it wasn't even close.

        1. To Hyang's (Korean) buldak, now on the specials board. Wings fried then sauteed in a sweet chili sauce, with fallen-off crunchy bits of sauce-soaked fried breading garnishing the wings.

          To Hyang
          3815 Geary @ 2nd Ave

          To Hyang
          3815 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

          1. IMHO - Hands down...Wayfare Tavern in SF. Whats not to like with a large portioned moist, intact well-seasoned coating and organic to boot.

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            1. re: Jim

              Points off for no sides, roasted garlic, crispy woody herbs and lemon don't count.

              1. re: wolfe

                Talking about the best tasting, not best bargain or best plated.

              2. re: Jim

                I think it was the greasiest fried chicken I've ever encountered. I'm not grease or fat phobic, but it was unappetizing for me. I liked that it had spices involved, and the flavor was pretty good, but this was not a "hands down" best fried chicken experience for me.

                The popovers, oysters, and other parts of the meal were pretty great, service seemed like it would improve if given a bit more time.

                1. re: SteveG

                  I've had the fried chicken at Wayfare Tavern three times -- the first two times (dinner) were phenomenal, but the last time (lunch) was average at best.

                  Wayfare Tavern
                  558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

                  1. re: SteveG

                    I agree. The chicken I had the other night had skin/batter that just fell off in a pathetic lump. The rest of the meal was fine, but the accolades the fried chiken gets are lost on me.

                    1. re: KansasTornado

                      Yes, there was so much grease under the skin on the meat that the way you described the piece, that it "had skin/batter that just fell off in a pathetic lump" is exactly what happened to mine. I ended up just scraping off all the skin and batter to carve out a few slices of meat and ate my friend's hamburger.

                      1. re: SteveG

                        tried it last night, and agree- tasty seasoning but why no crunchy batter/skin??!

                  2. re: Jim

                    I think Wayfare's was the best fried chicken I've had in SF proper.