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DougWeller Mar 27, 2013 09:50 AM

Where can I get the best fried chicken in San Francisco? I'm staying at the Chancellor Hotel in Union Square and using public transportation or taxi.
It doesn't have to be Southern, just tasty and crispy.
Thanks
Doug

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    absc RE: DougWeller Mar 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    My current favorites are Front Porch and Firefly. I haven't been to Maverick since they changed their menu, but have liked the fried chicken in the past.
    If you are willing to Bart to Oakland, maybe Miss Ollie's?

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      bdl RE: absc Mar 27, 2013 10:25 AM

      Firefly's doing their Passover Menu right now. No fried chicken til April 9th

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        sugartoof RE: bdl Apr 1, 2013 09:30 PM

        I think Firefly still serves Fried Chicken and other leavened foods during passover - it's not kosher.

        Another yes for Front Porch....though I'd warn you're eating in a dark dive bar unless you secure one of the outdoor seats, so an out of towner shouldn't expect much. It's also a little out of the way. though accessible by streetcar.

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          DougWeller RE: sugartoof Apr 16, 2013 12:47 AM

          Firefly's menu for yesterday didn't have chicken of any sort on it.

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            sugartoof RE: DougWeller Apr 16, 2013 12:00 PM

            The fried chicken dinners are on Tuesday.

            Since you're posting on a Tuesday, you must have visited on a Monday.

            (And the Passover dietary restrictions mentioned in this thread are long over, in case that causes further confusion.)

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              DougWeller RE: sugartoof Apr 16, 2013 01:31 PM

              Thanks for that. I'm not in San Francisco but just read the menu yesterday..
              Doug

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          Robert Lauriston RE: bdl Apr 16, 2013 01:19 PM

          They take the clams with bacon off the menu for Passover?

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            wolfe RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 16, 2013 02:00 PM

            Yes because clams and bacon taste lousy on matzoh.
            Manila Clams with Green Garlic, Chiles, Grilled Bread and Crispy Bacon 11.00

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              sugartoof RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 16, 2013 02:28 PM

              I think it's more of a "Would you like bread or Matzoh?" affair.

              Restaurants observing 100% typically shut down for business or use an alternative kitchens, as there are observers who even require a different set of dishes. If you're going to a non-Kosher restaurant, you're probably just happy as long as what they serve you is truly within the Passover guidelines.

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                bdl RE: sugartoof Apr 16, 2013 07:49 PM

                Their Passover Menu, although not strictly "Kosher for Passover (see above), did not have any bread or flour (nor clams or bacon for that matter). They did have their Shrimp/Scallops potstickers "because we have to". And all tables were served only matzo. Not sure if bread was available on request.

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                  sugartoof RE: bdl Apr 16, 2013 08:46 PM

                  The first night or the duration of Passover. Pretty sure they just keep Passover specials for those interested, along with the regular menu.

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                    bdl RE: sugartoof Apr 16, 2013 08:51 PM

                    One menu, all Passover, 8 nights. Went the first and the last night this year. Same menu. The Gefilte Fish rocked! (Sorry for the thread tangent).

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                      sugartoof RE: bdl Apr 16, 2013 10:02 PM

                      They don't have standard menu items for non-observant customers in addition?

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                        bdl RE: sugartoof Apr 16, 2013 10:12 PM

                        http://www.fireflyrestaurant.com/Pass...
                        I think it's stylistically similar to their usual menus...you decide

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            Robert Lauriston RE: absc Mar 27, 2013 02:25 PM

            Sarah Kirnon of Miss Ollie's is the one who put Front Porch on the map.

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              chon76 RE: absc Mar 27, 2013 03:06 PM

              i second front porch!!

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              smorgylvr RE: DougWeller Mar 27, 2013 10:14 AM

              Give Farmer Brown a try. It's very good Southern style and an easy walk from your hotel.

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                1wino RE: smorgylvr Apr 1, 2013 05:53 PM

                I second Farmer Brown, and it's super close to the Chancellor Hotel. It's really cheap in the bar at happy hour, but get there before 5:30 if you want a seat. Was not impressed with Wayfare's at all. Haven't had Hard Water's, but the place is tiny with very little seating, and I hear it's usually packed.

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                  chocolatetartguy RE: smorgylvr Apr 16, 2013 04:13 PM

                  Would Lil' Skillet be any closer than Farmer Brown?

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                    livemyjourney RE: smorgylvr Apr 16, 2013 05:01 PM

                    Great recommendation!

                    Amit
                    http://www.MyTapIn.com

                  2. smatbrat RE: DougWeller Mar 27, 2013 02:13 PM

                    Town Hall
                    Boxing Room
                    Maverick
                    I havent had Charles Phan's at Hard Water yet

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                      buoncibo RE: DougWeller Mar 27, 2013 03:28 PM

                      Wayfare Tavern in the Financial District. I believe they sous vide the chicken prior to fying, making for a moist and tender bird.

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                        calumin RE: DougWeller Apr 1, 2013 09:35 PM

                        If you're interested in Asian preparation, I was at San Tung last week and thought their fried chicken wings were even better than I had remembered.

                        It's a bit far from Union Square though.

                        1. escargot3 RE: DougWeller Apr 1, 2013 09:40 PM

                          I suggest you check and see if Miss Ollie's has fried chicken on the day you're in town. You can easily hop on BART and enjoy really really super great fried chicken.

                          1. escargot3 RE: DougWeller Apr 16, 2013 10:39 AM

                            fried chicken today at Miss Ollie's

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