The Fried Chicken Sandwich: Who's Got the Best in SF?

The Fried Chicken Sandwich: Who's Got the Best in SF?


Inspired by my Bun Mee experience last week, I'm diving into another classic: the fried chicken sandwich. It might not have the glamorous French-Vietnamese collision of the bánh mi, but it definitely has an immense amount of buzz thanks to Bakesale Betty in Oakland. 

Of course, SF now has its share of Bakesale Betty wannabes. Yesterday, I was sitting on the sidewalk in the sunshine at Little Skillet lapping up a box of their most excellent fried chicken, while 7x7's art director Nicholas was enjoying LS's fried chicken po'boy. Of course I had to have a bite. It's rich but very good.

Then, on the way back to the office, we stopped by 3-Sum Eats, Ryan Scott's new truck. I asked what we should try and a few minutes later, I was leaving with another perfectly good fried chicken sandwich in hand (this time, a pounded breast encrusted in corn flakes).

Over at the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Ryan Farr of4505 Meats assembles a sandwich of fried chicken, slathered with mayo, a coriander vinaigrette and pickled jalapeno. (My husband just ate one on my behalf and sent a pic as proof.) Mmmm. Pickled jalapeno. I'm learning the key to all successful fried chicken sandwiches is something bright and crunchy and vinegary to contrast the richness of the fried chicken.

In a few minutes, I'm headed over to Memphis Minnie's in the lower Haight to try their version. I hear the chicken is smoked first. Like 4505's, it's also only available on Thursdays, so if you want it go now.

Then there's Radius, The Front Porch, Naked Lunch, Kitchenette, Plow, Rhea's Deli, Show DogsandMacellato. I'm not sure I can make it through all of them, but I'm on a quest. Am I missing anything here? Let me know soon because I'm feeling an oncoming heart attack.

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