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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in San Francisco

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4. Firefly

Fried chicken dinner special at Firefly. - CHRISTINA SPITTLER
  • Christina Spittler
  • Fried chicken dinner special at Firefly.
On Tuesday nights at the quaint-yet-elegant Firefly in Noe Valley, the standard dinner menu is graced with the presence of their ever popular fried chicken dinner special. Four pieces of tender chicken with an exceptionally crunchy crust (that sticks to the meat!) comes with a summer pepper and squash medley, a mound of mashed potatoes and gravy, and a warm buttermilk biscuit. When butter and honey join the biscuit, a dining companion might suggest dipping the chicken in the honey. Insider Tip: Dip the chicken in the honey.

3. Wayfare Tavern

Lightly pan-fried chicken comes with a fried sage garnish at Wayfare Tavern. - CHRISTINA SPITTLER
  • Christina Spittler
  • Lightly pan-fried chicken comes with a fried sage garnish at Wayfare Tavern.
The Wayfare Tavern in the Financial District is not just known for its broad-shouldered patrons in suits on power-lunches or scantily-clad hostesses carting fruity cocktails with names like "poolside" (basil, watermelon, lime, and pisco and tastes like a Capri-Sun), but also for its spectacular organic fried chicken. As the shiny booths, roaring fireplace, and taxidermy buck mounted on the wall would suggest, the fried chicken at the Wayfare is a classy, more elegant riff on traditional fried chicken. Five pieces, lightly pan-fried, are served with roasted garlic, lemon wedges, and a fragile nest of fried sage and thyme balancing perfectly on top. This barely spicy and particularly herby version of this dish tastes more homespun and delicate than its deep-fried competitors, a variation we found to be as refreshing as the drinks.

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