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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Potrero Hill's Dat Spot Has Incredible Fried Chicken (and Bread Pudding)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane

In the former Chez Maman space halfway up Potrero Hill comes Dat Spot Rotisserie & Comfort Food, a dubiously named but spirited restaurant that opened only a few days ago but is already churning out high-quality Southern food, including one of the best fried chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane
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  • Peter Lawrence Kane

The menu is a little all over the place, in the kind of way that shows enthusiasm and a host of skills. You can get highfalutin things like roasted bone marrow and fontina fondue, comfort foods from various cultures (matzo ball soup, mac 'n' cheese with bacon and Brussels sprouts, and meat loaf), nutritious things like Bloomsdale spinach salad, and heavy desserts such as pecan pie and bread pudding. While the clams casino was pitifully small (only four clams, and they tasted only of bacon and herbed bread crumbs), everything else was oversized and delicious.

And Dat Spot has that fried chicken sandwich, served on waffles. The chicken is juicy and perfectly crispy, and even though it's a messy affair (and one where it's easy to bite the chicken out of the sandwich, leaving the waffle and slaw behind), I would readily pedal my tush up that hill for it again. I went on a fried chicken rampage several months ago, and it would easily be in the upper quintile of the places I ate at.

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane

The name is trying a little hard to be hip-and-with-it (especially in context of tony Potrero Hill) and it belies the fact that Dat Spot isn't a grab-and-go lunch counter but a serious endeavor. The space is small — you have to slalom through the kitchen with multiple "Excuse me"'s to get to the restroom — but while the tables are hemmed in tightly, they're nice laid out and the angled mirror does some heavy lifting to make the place seem bigger. Plus there's a zaftig Uncle Sam along one wall clutching a drumstick and saying, "I want you to eat more," Yes, sir. Will do.

Dat Spot Rotisserie & Comfort Food, 1453 18th St., 415-378-8680.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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