Open for two months, San Francisco Fried Chicken Company has a prime position on Columbus Avenue. With fried chicken at the ready in the warming oven and staying open until 2:30am, this is bound to be popular with the bar crowd. There was a parking space right in front when I drove by after 11pm last week and I took the opportunity to check it out.
The special of the day chicken noodle soup for $3 was already sold out. So I tried a thigh, $3, and a wing, $2. Very crispy skin and succulent meat suggest brining, the chicken is on the plain side seemingly seasoned with just salt and pepper and fried in clean oil. The wing had a fresh-out-of-the-fryer juiciness; the thigh did not but was still decent. A future strategy might be to inquire which parts were cooked most recently.
Squeeze bottles on the counter offer up ketchup, Tapatio hot sauce, sweet chile sauce, Buffalo sauce, and BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce was the typical sticky oversweetened stuff and did nothing for the chicken. The Buffalo sauce was a pretty good accompaniment, and my favorite, was the Mae Ploy-like sweet chile sauce that I like to add to Thai fried chicken.
The chicken pieces are big, not the runts that KFC serves, so pretty good value for fast food. Street level has two small tables, and there’s more seating upstairs. Cash only and no alcohol.
Who else has tried it?
San Francisco Fried Chicken Co.
362 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
Daily 11am to 2:30am