Perfect fried chicken is easy to spot. Light, crackly crust must give way to juicy, flavorful meat, and the ratio of crust to bird has got to be spot on. When it's right, the perfect fried chicken is one of the fastest tickets to pure comfort. Our five must-tries span from a hole in the wall to fancier restaurant fare—enough to get any aficionado through the summer months.
It's Fall. And with Fall, restaurant openings go haywire. Charles Phan's Wo Hing General Store, three new BBQ/Southern-inspired restaurants (in the Mission and the Marina) and the first of three Bay Area Umami Burgers should be opening in the next few months. And that's just off the top of my head. With soft-opening this, and grand opening that, firing off left and right, sometimes it's nice—necessary, even—to step back and relish the gems that've been sitting here, right underneath our noses, for years: the Chez Papas, Canteens, and Outerlands of our city. This post is dedicated to the San Francisco fixtures that haven't just survived for three, five, maybe even 20 years, in our cutthroat restaurant-scape; they've flourished. And you better believe they've got something good in the works for the next few months.
In San Francisco, there are ways to celebrate Passover with nary a moment of matzo dry-mouth nor a whiff of stinky gefilte fish. As delis like new pop-up Wise Sons create carefully homemade renditions of traditional fare, everyone from Marina bakery SusieCakes to FiDi Italian restaurant Perbacco is getting in on the holiday action. Here's our list of San Francisco Passover options that'll have gentiles across the land thinking about a conversion—or at the very least, a reservation.