Culture Paris/San Francisco — 01/01/2017 at 21:00

The best chicken and waffles in San Francisco

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Peanut butter and jelly, burgers and fries, wine and cheese—some things are just better together, and chicken and waffles are definitely two of ‘em. It’s a tricky dish to master; more often than not, one part of the equation far outshines the other. And yet, once you’ve taken a bite of a well-executed chicken and waffle dish, you just get it. While it can be hard to find fantastic chicken and waffle iterations so far from the south, these four San Francisco restaurants all serve up versions that are utterly crave-worthy.

Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant

There is nothing fancy about this bare bones spot in Bayview, but you’re not going for the decor—you’re going for San Francisco native April Spears’ authentic and affordable soul food. Spears learned how to cook soul food in her grandparents’ kitchen before cooking at a Bayview restaurant owned by her godparents just down the street. So when it came to opening up her own place, it only made sense to do so in a familiar neighborhood, one where she serves up some of SF’s best chicken and waffles. The price point is fantastic: a couple pieces of crunchy fried chicken on top of buttery waffles (choose from original, cinnamon or buckwheat) will only cost you $9. Add a sweet tea to wash it down and then order a piece of pecan pie to go—you’ll be too full to enjoy it there, but will regret it for days if you go without.

Address: 4618 3rd St /San Francisco

Farmerbrown

The folks at Farmerbrown understand Southern cooking, but they also understand San Franciscans—which is why all of the ingredients here are seasonal and locally sourced. Think of it as upscale Southern comfort food, if you will. The chicken and waffles (two pieces of fried chicken and two Belgian waffles served with sorghum syrup) is only available at weekday lunch and weekend brunch, but the fried chicken is served as an entrée at dinner while the Belgian waffles are available as a side, so you can cobble the dish together if you’re visiting in the evening. Which, once you taste the chicken with its crisp batter and moist interior (yes, even the breast, which is quite a feat) along with light, fluffy waffles, will certainly be the case.

Address: 25 Mason St / San Francisco

Frisco Fried

As soon as you step foot inside this casual family-owned Bayview restaurant, it’s clear that the owners are avid Giants fans. The walls are orange, the booths are black, Giants flags hang from the wall and the games are always on the TVs. All of the food is made to order, which means that after a bit of a wait (trust us, it’s worth it), your fried chicken will come out crisp, juicy and piping hot. The jumbo waffle arrives warm with just a hint of cinnamon that comes through in every bite, even after you slather it with butter and syrup. Ten bucks gets you three pieces of chicken and a waffle, which is a serious bargain, especially considering the portion size. All in all, it’s well worth a drive to Third Street to chow down at this restaurant where everything is “fried with pride.”

Address: 5176 3rd St / San Francisco

The Front Porch

If you’re looking for Southern hospitality in the Mission, look no further than The Front Porch, a funky little restaurant with rocking chairs outside, a tin ceiling inside and a sign that advises patrons to “be nice or leave.” It also just so happens that they serve some of the best fried chicken in SF. The only bummer is that you’ll have to visit during brunch if you want those three pieces of flavorful chicken with perfectly crunchy skin perched atop a cornmeal waffle with bacon bits baked inside. During dinner, the chicken is only available by the platter or the bucket with nary a waffle in sight. Life is hard like that sometimes.

Address: 65 A 29th St. / San Francisco


Source : Daisy Barringer, timeout.com

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