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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in San Francisco

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8. Chubby Noodle

Fried chicken has a spicy buttermilk batter at pop-up Chubby Noodle. - CHRISTINA SPITTLER
  • Christina Spittler
  • Fried chicken has a spicy buttermilk batter at pop-up Chubby Noodle.

In the back of the North Beach haunt Amante, there is a cash-only pop-up serving wontons, ramen, fried rice, pork belly buns and, curiously enough, fried chicken. At Chubby Noodle, buttermilk-brined Mary's Organic chicken wings and breasts are marinated in a spicy, buttermilk batter, then dredged in a dry blend of flour and spices that are fried to order and served with a creamy chili dipping sauce. However, these are not your typical fried chicken strips and wings: the shaggy crust is substantial yet uniform, the spicy heat second to none on our list, and the flavor weirdly enough welcomely reminiscent of hot dogs. Yes, we said hot dogs. Though strangely, we can't think of a better marriage of flavors than fried chicken and hot dogs, especially during a night of drinking at Amante.

7. Little Skillet

Fried chicken take-out for lunch at Little Skillet. - CHRISTINA SPITTLER
  • Christina Spittler
  • Fried chicken take-out for lunch at Little Skillet.
Tucked away down an alley off Townsend is a small walk-up window that serves up solid soul food staples to a young and hip SOMA lunch crowd. The 3-piece fried chicken here is basic yet infallible: all dark meat that comes with a side and a cube of slightly spicy jalepeno cornbread. The crunchy skin doesn't have much kick to it but that's what the Tapatio and Crystal sauce packets are for. The white meat appears on the menu in the form of their fried chicken po' boy, which is another surefire way to ingest some delicious fried protein with a slathering of perfectly biting Dijon mustard, pleasantly acidic sliced pickles, lettuce, and tomato on a French roll.

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