Fried chicken shows up at lots of restaurants in the Bay Area, from white-tablecloth brasseries to neighborhood dives. Which versions are worth your time? Here’s where local Chowhounds go:

• The self-described “farm-fresh soul food” at Farmer Brown is a short walk from many Union Square hotels. The mixed light- and dark-meat fried bird with mustard greens is worth a much longer trip. 25 Mason Street, San Francisco; 415-409-3276

Firefly in the Noe Valley neighborhood made its occasional fried chicken special a permanent addition to the menu a few years ago, after fans demanded nightly access. 4288 24th Street, San Francisco; 415-821-7652

• For a twist on the expected, try the sticky garlic- and chile-laden fried wings at San Tung. 1031 Irving Street, San Francisco; 415-242-0828

• For hard-core fans, it’s all about buying a BART ticket, getting on an East Bay–bound train, and ending up with the “really, really super great” version (pictured) at Oakland’s Miss Ollie’s, where Chef Sarah Kirnon slips herbs under the skin before frying her signature dish. 901 Washington Street, Oakland; 510-285-6188

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