Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fried Chicken Challenge

Fried chicken, for us, is both guilty pleasure and comfort food. It's no wonder that we tend to order it when we see it on the menu, or seek it out on weekend mornings. Our recent visit to the new Jolibee inspired us to look back and collect all the offerings around the city. We'll cover them in roughly least to most preferred.

Fried Chicken Bucket--6 pieces for $12 from Jollibee
When a branch of the Phillipino fast food giant opened up down the block from us, Alexis kept lusting after the fried chicken. The results were mediocre, with neither the chicken nor the coating very good.

200 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Health Code Violations

Fried Chicken from Whole Foods
Groceries stores are easy and convenient places to get your chicken fix. Whole Food's coating tends to fall off too easily, and all the time spent in the heat lamps dries out the chicken.

Whole Foods
399 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Fried Chicken from Safeway $3
Safeway's version is crispy, but again the chicken suffers under the heat lamp.

145 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Fried Chicken from Maverick $19
This is the first upscale version that makes the list. Usually this is served with mashed potatos, but we asked for veggies instead. The chicken was underwhelming, particularly considering the price.

3316 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-3061

2 Piece Dark Meat from KFC
KFC has become the de facto standard because of the amount of locations and price. Giao and Alexis tend to split on this, since the meat is very salty even though it's juicy. Giao will wolf this down, while Alexis gets the popcorn chicken. Usually you can get a deal on the dark meat.

200 Duboce Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103

10 Piece Dark Meat from Lousiana Famous Fried Chicken - $14
This hole-in-the-wall Tenderloin chicken joint serves cheap and tasty chicken. It's not quite the deal it seems, because the pieces are on the small side, but still probably the best deal on the page.

Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken
6 6th St
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Fried Chicken from Circa $20
Great crispy panko coating, tender meat inside. The only complaint would be that it's a little pricy.
2001 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Mac n' Cheese from farmerbrown - $16.50
This is Farmerbrown's standout and signature dish. Though we agree with the throngs of admirers of this dish, they need an upgrade on the mac and cheese and the rest of the menu so we have another reason to go there.

25 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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if this page isn't disgusting then i don't know what is.
Eye of the beholder I guess, it just makes me hungry all over again. Have you seen the balut pictures?
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