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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Don't Know at SO

Posted By on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 7:35 AM

click to enlarge I Don't Know, $8, a new add-on to SO's ubiquitous dry-fried wings. - ALEX HOCHMAN
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  • I Don't Know, $8, a new add-on to SO's ubiquitous dry-fried wings.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The newest dish on the menu at SO is the I Don't Know ($8). Sorry, not trying to get all Abbott and Costello on you, but the name really is the I Don't Know. We do know that the I Don't Know is served only as a rice plate and is a steaming hot serving of crunchy fried chicken bits doused with a fiery garlic sauce and tossed with cabbage, onions, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and jalapeños.

When you're as identified with a single chicken dish as SO is (there was an order of SO wings on every table during our last visit), any new fried chicken item is going to draw scrupulous comparisons. The I Don't Know differentiates itself from the wings, enough that both can be on the same table without conflict. Though the Day-Glo orange sauce had us expecting a little sweetness, there was none. Unlike the signature wings, the I Don't Know is all savory, with a kick of spice that snuck up on us after a few bites, to the point that our sinuses had cleared and we were shoveling rice as a cooling agent. The advertised garlic flavor was there too, but not so much that we were still tasting it at bedtime. On our next visit, we plan to order both the wings and the I Don't Know and create our own deep-fried chicken mashup. We'll call it I'm Not Sure.

SO: 1010 Bryant (at Eighth St.), 552-7676.

Follow Alex Hochman at @urbanstomach . Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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