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Mar 30, 2012 12:14 PM

fried chicken/sonoma

are there any "fried chicken places" in Sonoma? All I can find is KFC. Would prefer Santa Rosa area, but I am certainly willing to drive for good fried chicken. Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: foodeye

      thanks, foodeye.........Freement Diner is not far away....I didn't know that they had fried chicken on the menu.

      1. re: pinotho

        I had the "Nashville Hot Chicken" at Fremont Diner last saturday. Probably not worth a long, long drive for, but certainly very good. Be warned, especially if you are making a drive, they attract crowds and there can be a wait.

        It's nowhere in the league of heat of true Nashville chicken, but has a nice cayenne kick to it. The breast was a little dry, but the dark meat was great. All of it has a nice satisfying crust. They also serve chicken & waffles so I assume it's possible to get the chicken regular instead of hot.

        1. re: VealParmGuy

          what time of the day were you there, VealParmGuy? And, thanks for the report.

          1. re: pinotho

            About 1:30pm (give or take) on a Saturday. Was about a 15min wait IIRC. Seemed like a longer wait before we got there, and tapering off when we left.

      1. re: foodeye

        Limited hours/days, though, for Addendum. Like it mentions, call in advance to order; they do run out.

        1. re: tre2012

          the heads-up is much appreciated, Tre.....

          1. re: tre2012

            picked up the box lunch at Addendum on Saturday. They were busy, the line was always 8 to 10 deep. We got there around 1:00. The restaurant, Ad Hoc, is closed for lunch. But, in the back is a small building where you pickup your box lunch. We had pre-ordered, but that just means that you go to a separate window when you get there, at which point they start your order. We waited 30 mins for the food. The choices were fried chicken, BBQ chicken, or ribs. The fried chicken was very good. They are fryng small chickens, and butchering them such that you get small pieces, but you get 3 pieces of chicken, which is enough food. My order had a drumstick, a portion of thigh, and a portion of breast. It was fried dark, so when I looked at it, I assumed it would be dry, and I was wrong. It was very juicy, even with the dark crust, so I think the chicken is probably brined. Whatever, it is delicious. A piece of cornbread was OK, a little sweet, the sides of potatoes and greens were utterly forgettable, we were a party of five, and no one cared for those sides. I didn't pay the bill, but I believe the box lunch runs $18.00. Perhaps a little steep since all you net out of the deal is the chicken and a piece of cornbread. But, the chicken is great.

            1. re: pinotho

              But $18 great for just chicken and cornbread?

              I think not...

              1. re: pinotho

                Please keep those reports coming in.

                Saturday I tried a new place in Cloverdale called Railroad Station Bar and Grill (114 Railroad Ave, 707-894-4779). It's been open a couple months. "Clovertucky Fried Chicken", $17 is three pieces of chicken with braised greens mashed potatoes, veal gray and cornbread. I asked my server which pieces, and was told the thigh, breast, and drumstick.

                The plate turned out to be a small thigh and a half breast cut into two pieces. I'm a dark meat kind of gal, so I was not happy about this. The breast piece without the rib cage attached was on the dry side.

                BUT, on the positive side, the chicken was seasoned nicely and fried to a crunchy medium-brown. The collard greens were outstanding, not chopped but cut into large pieces and cooked to the point where they soften and stay dark green. They're seasoned with bacon. Mashed potatoes were standard and the gravy was fine. Cornbread was mildly sweet and the fluffy style.

                While the burgers on the menu are grassfed beef and the menu says they're sourcing locally, the chicken right now is from a national industrial brand. I did make a request that they use local chicken in the future and was told that they're still working on sources. The price is too high for factory chicken.

                This was a pretty good effort though and I'll check back to try other items. If they would use chickens that taste better and have non-mushy texture, this could be worthwhile.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Just noticed that Railroad Station has changed the menu description and is now using Rocky Jr for the fried chicken.

                  And a friend highly recommended the fried chicken Tuesdays at Solage in Calistoga. Haven't tried it myself yet.

          2. Has anyone tried the fried chicken at Sweet T's in Santa Rosa?

            Or the Monday fried chicken dinner at the Swiss Hotel? Tuesday special at Cafe 522 in Sonoma?

            How about the fried chicken at Rocker Oysterfellers in Valley Ford?

            And I suggest that you check out the fried chicken at the deli at the Sonoma Market. We could use an update.

            I'll warn you away from the fried chicken at Willie Bird in Santa Rosa. Not good at all.

            1. In downtown Napa - on Main Street - Biscuits just opened a month or so ago. Haven't tried 'em yet but the Yelp reviews are good.

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              1. re: CarrieWas218

                In Napa, the fried chicken at BarbersQ is the best I've had. I guess they're currently serving it only Sundays and Mondays.


                1. re: CarrieWas218

                  dropped by Biscuits yesterday around 4:15 and they were closed. Yelp is showing that they close at 2:00 and then reopen for dinner at 5:00.

                  1. re: pinotho

                    I've gone to Biscuits a number of times for their chicken and waffles - as well as for their fried catfish. I like it better than Addendum's chicken; great crunchy exterior and very juicy, moist interior. They are applying for an alcohol license so it will be interesting to see if they expand their menu.

                    I've only been for breakfast...

                2. If you're willing to head up to Healdsburg, the Sunday blue plate special at Zin Restaurant is skillet fried chicken.

                  In December or so, there was a bunch of hoo-ha over Healdsburg Bar & Grill adding Southern comfort food, including fried chicken to the menu, but I don't see it on the online menu. But there is something battered and fried in the slideshow.

                  Gypsy Cafe in Sebastopol has Rocky fried chicken on the dinner menu. Have heard good things about breakfast, but don't know anybody who'd had dinner there.

                  The old roadhouse, Washoe House, in Petaluma is known for its fried chicken and biscuits. Can't say how good it is these days.

                  Not quite as old as Washoe, Pete's Henny Penny, the long-time diner right off the freeway has fried chicken on the menu. Haven't been there in eons, would love to hear how it's doing.