Top 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in San Francisco

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These days it seems that chefs must constantly compete to remain relevant in modern culinary culture. Especially in San Francisco, where food trends roll in and out with the fog. But no matter the direction the most recent current shifts or what the latest fuss is about, there will always be a place in our stomachs for classic comfort food like old-fashioned, finger-lickin' good fried chicken. We traversed the city, foregoing salads at the peak of their season and sacrificing the efficiency of our arteries, to bring you our top ten favorites.

10. Fish & Farm

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Christina Spittler
Cornbread madelines and Crystal butter accompany fried chicken at Fish & Farm.
Not -so-obviously located in the Mark Twain Hotel near Union Square is Fish and Farm, a farm-to-table-type restaurant serving sustainably sourced New American cuisine. It might be surprisingly dark inside for a 5 p.m. dinner reservation, your server might take four long minutes to describe all the specials to you, and the soundtrack might jump from Rhianna to Paul Simon to Pitbull, but we promise this bizarre take on fine-ish dining will be worth it if you just order the fried chicken. Half of a chicken (four pieces) is served with buttery pureed potatoes, well-seasoned greens, cornbread madeleines, and a small glass filled with Crystal hot sauce butter. Their take on homestyle fried chicken is as good as the sides, and the sides are great.

9. Frisco Fried

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Christina Spittler
Just the basics: fried chicken at Frisco Fried.
Yes, Bayview is further afield, but the fried chicken at Frisco Fried is not only good enough to make the list, but it is also the most affordable of our favorites. The chicken is cooked well and the crunchy skin has a hard-to-put-your-finger-on-it savory component that rumor has it is simply garlic powder. And although, nothing here is necessarily happening very fast at all (expect to wait 10-15 minutes for your food), this spot may just be San Francisco's more locally owned and operated answer to fast food restaurants like KFC. Added bonus: the all black and orange interior would suggest you're in good company if you're a Giant's fan. That or someone just really likes Halloween.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Fish & Farm

339 Taylor, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Frisco Fried

5176 Third St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Chubby Noodle

570 Green St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Little Skillet

360 Ritch, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Maverick

3316 17th St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Hard Knox Cafe

2526 3rd St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Firefly

4288 24th St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

San Tung

1031 Irving St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

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17 comments
Janet K. Tandy
Janet K. Tandy

Why publish this, it was written in September 2012

Justin Snider
Justin Snider

Farmer Brown has some mean fried chicken, too.

Kai Kronfield
Kai Kronfield

By leaving out Wing Wings, you render this list worthless. #LHSF

grubsfchef
grubsfchef

The chicken at Wayfare Tavern is deep fried, not pan fried. I'm positive. I worked there.

No restaurant could do the volume of chicken pan frying and not have take a long time.

Hy Levy
Hy Levy

What? No Popeye's? Neither Mission nor Fillmore??!?

anniebanannie
anniebanannie

@jerwyn I think we need to try a few of those.

Miranda Guy
Miranda Guy

How did The Front Porch not make this list? Have you tried the fried chicken there ? Its AMAZING!!!!

Danny_Boy_Chaid
Danny_Boy_Chaid

@VisitCA @SFoodie @onlyinsf Cali is da best state west coast is da best coast

masayang
masayang

@naotoj 写真がヘタすぎますね

cmae25
cmae25

@Jewelz6 brenda's

roychi
roychi

@Miranda Guy Completely agree. When I got to the page with the top 2, I was almost positive it would've been San Tung and Front Porch.

naotoj
naotoj

@masayang ですね。ウェブから拾ってる時点ですでにアウト。

Jewelz6
Jewelz6

@cmae25 oh I wanna try. Have u tried bon chon in sunnyvalle? Hella good. Haha

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