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Fried Chicken South of San Francisco

I am looking for great Fried Chicken within San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Style or type of restaurant is not an issue. Any recommendations?

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  1. I just came to Chowhound to ask the same question! What's in the area and better than the KFC?

    1. Try Max's Fried Chicken in South San Francisco. It's Filipino style and fried plain without the heavy batter. When I'm in a purist mood, I go for this type of fried chicken.

      1. The best fried chicken I've had in the South Bay was at Sumika in Los Altos -> it was on the lunch menu - not sure if it's served for dinner. Sumika has a number of other Japanese dishes. I was taken there by a Japanese ex-pat - he thinks it is quite authentic.

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        1. re: misterb

          I would go to Jolibee at Tanforan Mall. One of the best I think.

        2. There's also Bon Chon in Sunnyvale (Korean fried chicken).

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          1. re: afty698

            Second Bon Chon.

            Also, for Sichuan style fried chicken (very spicy and addictive), try the Manchurian Chicken with bones from Da Sichuan.

          2. I had the fried chicken at Creola in San Carlos a few months ago. It was "pretty good". Not the best ever, but it had good flavor and a nice crust. They don't always have it on the menu, so call first. It's the only good non-fast food (i.e., Popeye's) fried chicken that I've had on the Peninsula since Lil Biscuit House went out of business.

            I've also heard that Town in San Carlos has good fried chicken at Sunday brunch. But I haven't tried it myself. (The waitress told me you have to get there early because they often run out.)

            1. I like the fried chicken at Jack's in San Bruno. It's available on the lunch menu and on the early bird dinner menu -- but you can order it ala carte after the early bird time limit. Jack's is across El Camino from Tanforan Shopping Center at:

              1050 ADMIRAL COURT, SUITE A
              SAN BRUNO, CA 94066
              PHONE: 650-589-2222

              1. This post lists places to get gan pong ji on the Peninsula and South Bay.

                A report on four types of Indian fried chicken at Peacock in Mountain View.

                Ayam goreng, Indonesian styles of fried chicken can be found at Indo Cafe in Saratoga and Bay Leaf in Sunnyvale,

                Dish of the Month July 2012: Asian Fried Chicken

                1. I love the chicken karage at himawari, san mateo. Crispy and juicy, not overly marinated like some, and it has a light batter with crispy skin. I've also had the fried chicken at Piccadilly Catering & Restaurant in Foster City, not bad, but not the most convenient location.