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Monday, September 22, 2014

Best Bites From Last Week's All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Extravaganza

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Are all-you-can-eat fried chicken events a thing now? Just last month was La Cocina’s Friday Night Fried Chicken Family Meal, and last Thursday night was an event held by Tasting Table in Oakland called Bubbly + Crunch that featured unlimited pours of champagne in addition to the endless bounty of fried chicken provided by 10 restaurants around the bay. If fried chicken infinity is a thing, we aren’t complaining. 

Boxing Room
399 Grove 
Boxing Room in Hayes Valley made a mini-version of the fried chicken served at the restaurant. A juicy piece of chicken was doused in a smoky giblet-bacon gravy and served on top of a bed of buttery mashed potatoes. It came with a corn maque choux (basically a Cajun succotash), which added a touch of sweetness to it all. The restaurant's version comes with the addition of collared greens.

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Little Skillet 
360 Ritch
Perhaps the cutest dish of the night belonged to Little Skillet, which made mini-sandwiches out of its signature chicken and waffles. The restaurant's super savory chicken is seasoned with over 20 "secret" herbs and spices and complemented by a dip in drizzle of sweet maple syrup. 

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Namu Gaji 
499 Dolores
Namu's "KFC," or Korean Fried Chicken, consisted of chicken bites that were battered, fried, and coated in a spicy-and-sweet tare. A dollop of dashi gravy added savory umami notes, while pickled daikon and thinly sliced green onions brightened the dish, both flavor-and color-wise. You can get KFC at Namu for dinner on Wednesday nights and brunch Wednesday through Sunday.

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Miss Ollie's 
901 Washington, Oakland
Perhaps the spiciest dish of the night went to Miss Ollie's, which did a cold fried version of its skillet fried chicken. It wasn't that the chicken was spicy, but rather it was the little dot of fiery orange hot sauce pictured above. Made from vinegar and scotch-bonnet peppers, it really gets you in the back of the throat. The slaw and potato salad on the side helped cool down the heat.

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2295 Broadway, Oakland
Pican did a take on Southern fried chicken. The restaurant soaked chicken breasts in a garlic herb brine, double dredged in flour, then fried until crispy. It was served on a dollop of "Alabama white BBQ sauce," which tasted like ranch accented with horseradish. It was finished with a drizzle of truffle honey. The flavors seem eclectic, but they all tied together and complemented each other surprisingly well.

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