Sandwich, Los Angeles

Chicken Sandwich at Astro Doughnuts

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You don't go to Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken for a fried chicken sandwich in a potato bun. You get a fried chicken sandwich in a savory doughnut! The doughnut, a cake version, did it's job well. It held everything together and actually gave the sandwich a hint of sweetness. Though for $8.25 it's a bit pricey for a tiny sandwich. Plus the piece of chicken wasn't even hot.

$8.25 (Sandwich only)

  • 516 W 6th Street, Los Angeles
 

 

  • 1308 G Street NW, Washington DC
 

Sandwich, London

Chicken Sandwich at Mother Clucker

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You know I couldn't go to London and NOT get fried chicken. At Mother Clucker they specialize in chicken tenders which they brined in tea, soaked in buttermilk, and then fried. You can get just the strips of chicken or get them in a combo with fries and a drink. While the chicken and fries combo sounded quite delicious, I went for the sandwich instead. The Cluckwich came with a fried piece of chicken thigh, pickled pepper, lettuce, hot sauce, and lime mayo sandwiched between 2 slices of Texas toast. The sandwich tasted okay. The fried chicken was okay except all the crunchy bits fell off the meat as I was trying to bite into the sandwich.

£8 (Sandwich only)

  • Elys Yard at The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London
  • Check their site for more locations
 

Hot Chicken, Los Angeles, Sandwich

Hot Chicken Sandwich at Howlin' Ray's

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What can I say? I love Howlin' Ray's. I love how dedicated their fans are. I love how Johnny and Amanda take care of their customers. And most importantly I love how delicious their food is.

It seems like almost every restaurant is now serving their own version of hot chicken sandwich but you know what.....I'm going to say it right here....no one makes it as good as Howlin' Ray's. It's tasty, it's satisfying, and it's simple. I find the heat level of the chicken sandwich is just right. It's hot enough to make you sweat but not hot enough to mask the taste of the chicken. Make sure to get the hot shake fries too!

$11 (Sandwich only)

  • 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles
 

Sandwich, New York

Chicken Sandwich at Stock Up

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Sometimes certain things sound more appealing than they actually are. Take for example, the Breakfast Bird at Stock Up. The sandwich came with a piece of fried breast meat, fried egg, bacon, hot honey, lettuce, and pickles. I mean....come on, that sounds amazing right? Well while it was definitely a good sandwich, I could've done without the bacon and fried egg. I know! Me....saying no to the fried egg. Being that it was my first time eating at Stock Up, I should've gone with the plain chicken sandwich.

$15 (Sandwich only)

  • 29 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY
 

Hot Chicken, Canada

Hot Chicken at Parts & Labour

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If you're an impatient person then this may be the hot chicken for you. Most of the hot chickens I have eaten tend to give you a slow burn. But not the one from Parts & Labour. You take one bite and instantly your mouth is on fire. Matty Mattheson, chef and owner of Parts & Labour, doesn't hold back on the heat. Unlike the Nashville hot chicken where it looks hot, the one Chef Mattheson serves looks quite innocent. This is a tasty fried chicken if you can handle the heat. I had to cool my mouth down with spoonful of mac n'cheese. Oh also, order the mac n'cheese, it's topped with crushed Cheetos.

$21 (3 pieces with pickles and bread)

  • 1566 Queen Street West, Toronto
 

Brooklyn, New York City

Chicken Sandwich at The Lodge

I totally judge everything by it's cover. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from The Lodge, thinking that it's just enough low key random restaurant in Williamsburg. But I was pleasantly surprised by their fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo and slaw. The fried chicken breast was juicy and flavorful. I love spicy mayo, so no complain there. I could've done with less slaw, especially the slaw underneath the chicken. The bottom bun kind of disintegrated towards the end. BUT great fries and great beer selections. A darn good place to have a quiet Friday lunch.

$12 (Sandwich with fries or salad)

  • 318 Grand St, Williamsburg
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich at Emmy Squared

If you're looking for a very spicy sandwich then the spicy chicken sandwich at Emmy Squared is for you. Covered in sweet sambal, this sandwich is spicy and messy. There's some nice crunch from the radishes and pickles. I'm curious why they used bok choy as well. The pretzel bun does a good job at soaking up the juices and staying intact till the last bite. They also serve a chicken parm sandwich that I need to try.

$16 (Sandwich only)

  • 364 Grand St, Williamsburg
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Biscuit at The Commodore

I'm sure you know that I LOVE THE COMMODORE (but only during the day and quiet weeknights). Also when your friend texts you "I'm hungover AF" you head to The Commodore and order the hash brown loaded with everything and the chicken biscuit. The chicken biscuit comes with honey butter that you can drizzle as little or as much as you want. It's probably one of my favorite chicken biscuits in NYC. Tasty, crunchy, flaky biscuit.

$9 (Sandwich only)

  • 366 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
 

New Jersey

Chicken and Doughnuts at Curiosity Doughnuts

I wouldn't tell you that you should drive out to Stockton on a Saturday morning for chicken and doughnuts at Curiosity Doughnuts but if you do find yourself in the area or on your way to Philly, then yes. A BIG YES. The husband and wife team, Alex Talbot and Aki Kamozawa, serve their boneless fried chicken thighs with a cornbread doughnut. The chicken is crunchy and juicy and super tasty. Talbot and Kamozawa intended you to eat the chicken with your fingers, so don't bother asking for utensils. We tried about 6 different doughnuts and they were all very very good. Open only on the weekends and until they sell out. They only make about a dozen order of fried chicken so get there early

$9 (2 pieces of boneless chicken with a doughnut and doughnut hole)

  • 19 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ (Inside the Stockton Market)
 

Philadelphia, Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich at Federal Donuts

Now that NYC finally has Dizengoff, Michael Solomonov's fantastic hummus place, maybe next he'll bring Federal Donuts here too so that I can eat the fantastic sandwich. The sandwich is very simple (and I like simple) pickles, sauce, cheese, chicken (fried with a dusting of their buttermilk ranch seasoning), and the all important potato bun. 

$6.75 (Sandwich only)

  • Multiple locations in Philly, check their website

Food Truck, Los Angeles, Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich at Free Range

The OG from Free Range is a beautiful looking sandwich. It's tempura fried chicken with spicy slaw, whole grain honey mustard sauce in a Portuguese bun. This sandwich is good, almost to the point of being great but I'll have to eat another one just to be sure. I love the tempura style fried chicken. It's lighter and crispier (vs being crunchy) and the flavors are awesome. But the chicken became soggy towards the last few bites. I'm not sure if it was because I took too long in snapping photos of this and it sat toooo long. Next time I intend to eat it as soon as possible.

$11 (Just the sandwich)

  • Multiple locations, check their website

Brooklyn, New York City, Vietnamese, Chicken and Waffles

Five Spice Chicken and Waffles at Bricolage

At Bricolage in Park Slope, you can find a fried chicken that is seasoned well and has a very nice punch of five spice flavor. It's a great dish but I wish they did more with the waffles than just making plain old waffles. Maybe scallion waffles? Mochi waffles? Fish sauce waffles?

$15 (2 pieces of chicken with waffles)

  • 162 5th Ave, Park Slope
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bar Bolinas

I finally found my new favorite fried chicken sandwich. My previous favorite was Allswell but it's sister restaurant, Bar Bolinas, takes two steps further by using a Dutch crunch and having the choice of regular or spicy. The Dutch crunch is an awesome bread. A little chewy in the center and crispy edges.

$15 (Regular or spicy; comes with fries)

  • 455 Myrtle Ave, Clinton Hill
 

My End of 2015 Fried Chicken Post

My 2015 Favorites

- Manhattan Inn If I had to pick the ONE fried chicken that just totally blew me away, this would be it. I can't believe none of the food media people wrote about this. Forget fuku, forget Root & Bone, forget everything...just go here.

- Manhattan Inn

If I had to pick the ONE fried chicken that just totally blew me away, this would be it. I can't believe none of the food media people wrote about this. Forget fuku, forget Root & Bone, forget everything...just go here.

- Egg

- Egg

Places Food Media People Are Not Talking About But Really Should
All of these places serve EXCELLENT fried chicken yet I have never seen any of these places in any fried chicken lists.
Manhattan Inn – See above
J’eatjet? – I hate sausage gravy but the one served at J’eatjet? changed my mind.)
Egg – Looking for something simple and delicious and just a solid plate of fried chicken?
Ma Peche – Yes, the food media loves David Chang and gets load of press but people mostly talk about the fried chicken dinner at the noodle bar and fuku. The habanero fried chicken at Ma Peche is crazy good and should be getting a lot more press.
44 & X – I had low expectation for this place but it surprised me.
MariettaPeaches HotHouse, the sister restaurant, gets most of the love because of their Nashville inspired hot chicken but Marietta does a better job.
Yafa Deli – Anyone that loves fried chicken, knows about Yafa Deli but I rarely see it on any “Best Of” lists.
Broadway Bakery – Feeling nostalgia? The fried chicken here tastes just like old school Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Sidecar – A solid plate of fried chicken at this local Park Slope spot.

Favorite Sandwiches
Cheeky Sandwiches
Wilfie & Nell
Parson’s Chicken and Fish
Delaney Chicken
The Commodore
The Meat Hook Sandwich

All The Places I’ve Been In 2015
-Manhattan
The Breslin
Hudson Common
Maharlika Filipino Moderno
Ma Peche
Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque
Delaney Chicken
The Smith
44 & X
Wilfie & Nell
Root & Bone
Egg Shop
Cheeky Sandwiches
Birds & Bubbles
Spitzer’s Corner
Bian Dang
Pies N Thighs
Seoul Chicken
fuku+

-Brooklyn
J’eatjet?
The Commodore
Wilma Jean
Egg
Yafa Deli
Pies N Thighs
Red Star Sandwich Shop
Abilene
Manhattan Inn
Shake Shack
Wangs
Marietta
Beehive Oven
Esme
Mayfield
Endless Summer
Sidecar
Fawkner
Keg and Lantern

-Queens
Broadway Bakery
Queens Comfort
Sweet Afton
Mister Chicken to Go
BocBoc Chicken Delicious
Engeline's Restaurant and Bakeshop

-Los Angeles
Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.
Ledlow
Howling Ray’s
Gentry Chicken

-Philly
Federal Donuts

-Chicago
Parson’s Chicken and Fish
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Longman and Eagle

Manhattan, New York City

Habanero Fried Chicken at Ma Peche

I feel like whenever people talk about David Chang and Momofuku, they tend to leave off Ma Peche. With all the hype going to his fuku sandwich, no one is really talking about the habanero fried chicken at Ma Peche. Having tried both the fried chicken dinner at the noodle bar and the sandwich at fuku+, the real winner is the habanero fried chicken. It's delicious! It's seasoned well, crunchy, SPICY, and no dealing with trying to score a reservation like at the noodle bar. Oh but it's pricey as heck for just half a chicken though. Definitely a once-in-a-while treat.

$28 (Half chicken)

  • 15 West 56th St, Midtown West
 

Manhattan, New York City

Root & Bone

I'm sure Root & Bone makes really great fried chicken but it's not what I got. Seems like almost every food person out there declared Root & Bone to have the BEST fried chicken in NYC. I can't agree on that since the 2 times I have gone, I was underwhelmed. The first time I went, the chicken was way too salty and the most recent time the chicken needed salt. My friend agreed that the chicken was just okay.

I really want to like this place but the chicken isn't consistent. Though, I did enjoy their sides and appetizers. Too bad they don't have the corn spoon bread anymore because that was easily one of my favorite bites of 2014.

$18 (Half chicken)

  • 200 East 3rd St, East Village
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wilfie & Nell

Hello! I love being surprised! I sort of had no expectation for Wilfie & Nell. Actually, I never knew this place existed until a friend told me about it after finding out that I had gone to Sweet Afton. Sweet Afton and Wilfie & Nell are own by the same people.

This was a GOOD sandwich. Simple, delicious, and the chicken was seasoned well. Also, great job on the fries too. Would definitely come back for it.

$11 (Sandwich only; +$4 for fries)

  • 228 West 4th St, West Village
 

New York City, Sandwich, Manhattan

Egg Shop

Okay, so technically, this isn't a sandwich. The Egg Shop does not sell a fried chicken sandwich but you can order a side of fried chicken and jam it inside any of their sandwich options. If you order their egg salad sandwich, they do give you the option to add the fried chicken for $5.

I wasn't in the mood for egg salad so I went with their bacon, cheese, and egg sandwich ($10). I guess I could've gone the route of building my own egg and cheese sandwich and not have the bacon. The sandwich that I built was pretty good. The heat from the pickled jalapeno was great, love the bread, and can't argue when there's a fried egg.

Trying the piece of fried chicken by itself, it was pretty darn good. Nice crunch, seasoned well, and came covered in maple syrup. Thumbs up.

$17 (Sandwich for $10 plus a side of fried chicken $7)

  • 151 Elizabeth St, Little Italy
 

Brooklyn, Sandwich, New York City

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Esme

I would've been happy with this sandwich at Esme if it didn't say on the menu curried fried chicken with red curry mayo, romaine lettuce, and bacon. I did not get any hint of curry which was what I was looking forward to. Something different than the old buttermilk with salt + pepper. Also, sadly, bacon does not make everything taste better. Bacon and fried chicken do not mix well. BUT...as a whole sandwich, this was pretty decent/good. And daaaaammmmmnnnnnn those fries were great!

$13 (Sandwich with fries or salad)

  • 999 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint
 

Chicken and Waffles, Manhattan, New York City

Chicken and Waffles at 44 & X

This is why I started this project. Finding the good fried chicken that aren't on anyone's list. To be honest, I had no expectation for the chicken and waffles at 44 & X Hell's Kitchen. Actually, I have learned that for anything in and around Midtown, I should keep my expectations low. But the chicken and waffles surprised me. It's actually quite good. Yes, it's pretty pricey for just 1 piece of chicken but it was good. Seasoned well. The addition of the collard greens was a good change from the old salad, fries, mashed potatoes, slaw that usually accompanies fried chicken. What I really wanted more was the black pepper and maple syrup reduction on the chive waffle. Holy shit, that was good.

$18 (1 piece of chicken with waffles)

  • 622 10th Ave, Hell's Kitchen