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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in San Francisco

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6. Maverick

Fried chicken with cornbread "croutons" and succotash, ham hock, and mustard gravy at Maverick. - CHRISTINA SPITTLER
  • Christina Spittler
  • Fried chicken with cornbread "croutons" and succotash, ham hock, and mustard gravy at Maverick.
Maverick Restaurant is located in what appears to be a small, well-lit and orange-walled wooden box in the Mission. Despite its small size, Maverick has made a name for itself over the years, most recently for wine director and owner Mike Pierce's ability to pair wine with anything, but also for its Southern fried chicken. Served with cornbread "croutons" and succotash, ham hock, and mustard gravy, this is the juiciest chicken we tried during Operation Fried Chicken. Coupled with the standard, though delicious, well-seasoned and crisp skin, this dinner is certainly worthy of a spot in the top ten, which apparently is no secret as three tables around us order it as well.

5. Hard Knox Cafe

Fried chicken and waffles at Hard Knox Cafe. - CHRISTINA SPITTLER
  • Christina Spittler
  • Fried chicken and waffles at Hard Knox Cafe.
Right on the KT MUNI line lies the Hard Knox Cafe, a small, bustling restaurant in the Dogpatch. Lemonade comes in Mason jars, the tin shed walls are adorned with antique road signs and fishing paraphernalia, and everyone working is visibly hustling. There are two ways to eat fried chicken here: as chicken and waffles or with the three-piece fried chicken meal. All of the above comes with two very sweet corn muffins and soft butter to keep you busy while you wait. The chicken has a good crust, the skin is mellow in flavor, and the meat is the most chicken-y of all. Bonus: This spot has the most appreciated hot sauce collection with bottles of Crystal, Cholula, and Tapatio stationed at appropriate intervals along the 10-seater bar.

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