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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

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The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich started the great chicken sandwich hype of 2019 and arguably won it in the fast food category. The sandwich is great because it doesn’t try to be fancy and comes only with the basics of a good chicken sandwich: a piece of fried chicken, a soft bun, some pickles, and mayo. You should order the spicy version — that spicy mayonnaise is amazing. It also complements the buttery and sweet bun which was fresh und fluffy. Special shoutout to the pickle slices, they were thick and provided the right bit of tanginess.

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen sandwich

First Street Alehouse

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You might come here for the burgers, but there’s also a Southern Chicken Sandwich on the menu! The sandwich has all the right ingredients but the execution is not great. The chicken was too thin and relatively tough on the outside (not overly dry on the inside though). But the main issue with the sandwich was the bun. The bottom bun was extremely soggy. At first we thought this was because of the slaw but the burgers at this place come like that, too. A real bummer since the other ingredients on the sandwich weren’t bad at all - the pickle coleslaw was good and the hot sauce mayo had the perfect amount of spiciness.

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First Street Alehouse sandwich

Gott's Roadside

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Gott’s Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich is on the lighter side and tastes almost healthy. Almost. Together with the arugula, pickled cucumbers and turnip, and the fluffy brioche bun (which has sesame on both sides), the sandwich doesn’t weigh you down. Still, that juicy piece of chicken won’t let you forget that you’re eating fried chicken.

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Gott's Roadside sandwich

Two Birds

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This little foodstand has fried chicken on a bun, on a salad, and in a bag. Obviously you should get it on a bun - which is the most delicious, fluffy, and buttery brioche. The piece of dark meat chicken itself is perfectly crispy and juicy. While the chicken is really good, what takes this sandwich over the top is that amazing fry sauce which is simultaneously creamy and peppery. This is the same sauce that they put on their cottage fries which are basically deep fried crunchy potato slices. Grab a puffy cottage fry as the perfect vessel to scoop extra sauce.

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Two Birds sandwich

Bakesale Betty

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A Berkeley/Oakland institution. The initial impression: this sandwich is simple; it seems almost reminiscent of a run- of-the-mill crispy chicken sandwich from any fast food spot (Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.), especially the chicken patty. However, the patty is big, juicy, and perfectly spiced. What really makes the sandwich is the unique slaw that is heaped on the bun - spicy with thin slices of jalapenos and crisp cabbage.

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Bakesale Betty sandwich

Tin Roof Maui

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The spicy chicken sandwich here is very sweet. Both the bun and the sauce have a sweet and fruity Hawaiian taste to them. The best thing about this sandwich is that they use dark chicken meat for their fried chicken. Our sandwich had quite a bit of skin on it and was just extremely juicy - perfect together with that spicy aioli. If you want it even spicier, down a shot of the SLAB Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water after your sandwich (not for the faint of heart).

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Tin Roof Maui sandwich

The Crack Shack

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This restaurant has it all - a casual space to sit, friendly employees, cornhole, a good draft beer selection, and of course amazing fried chicken. The Firebird (see picture) has the right level of spiciness, fried onions, and ranch dressing on top of perfect juicy chicken.

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The Crack Shack sandwich

The Table

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The fried chicken in this sandwich is absolutely massive - it would be enough for 3 sandwiches in fact. The flavor of the chicken is a bit lacking and we definitely could’ve used more of the slaw, which is unfortunate because the bun is the best we had on a chicken sandwich in a while. The healthy side salad will make you feel a bit better after you consumed an entire chicken. Overall a bit dissapointing for an otherwise excellent brunch venue.

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The Table sandwich

Dave's Hot Chicken

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They call them sliders but they’re big sandwiches. Very juicy chicken and a flavorful sauce. Medium spiciness is not very spicy, so go at least one step above it if you like it hot. The pickles give the sandwich the perfect tang and compensate for the boring bun. Come here with somebody you love and share the combo #2 that has two “sliders”.

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Dave's Hot Chicken sandwich

Gregoire Berkeley

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The highlight of this fried chicken sandwich is the fresh bread, the French roll is crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. Unfortunately there’s not a thick slab of chicken on this sandwich, the buttermilk chicken is not bad but small and a bit on the dry side. Still, the spicy coleslaw makes up for it with the perfect amount of spiciness and crunch.

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Gregoire Berkeley sandwich

Lazy Dog

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Is it a 9 or is it a 5? This sandwich is sometimes juicy and flavorful, sometimes dry and bland. Let’s settle with a 7 out of 10. In any case it’s big and you won’t leave hungry. It comes with a light and fresh slaw on top which lightens the big piece of chicken perfectly. There are a lot of side options at Lazy Dog, but we prefer the traditional fries or the lighter pickled cucumber salad.

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Lazy Dog sandwich

Sweetbird

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Dangerously spicy for those who live on the edge. We like a good spicy chicken sandwich, but we can’t even imagine getting the Fire Bird; just opt for the spicy chicken sandwich instead. Pick up some boba at Mini Monster, also in the Anaheim Packing District, and head outside to have a chill lunch.

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Pine State Biscuits

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The biscuit is tender. The chicken is crispy. The gravy is smooth and flavorful. Doesn’t matter whether you come here because you’re a fan of biscuits or you like chickens on buns - you order The Reggie. There might be a wait, but this is the perfect breakfast. Especially when the amazing pecan pie is the seasonal pie, which you must get (with whipped cream, of course).

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Faubourg Bistro

You wouldn’t expect a good fried chicken sandwich when you walk into a random bar in the French Quarter. But at the back of the 700 Club (21+) is a small counter where you can order a fried chicken sandwich. Grab a sandwich and take it to the bar where you can order a beer to pair with your meal.

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The Wandering Goose

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The Aunt Annie’s is the fried chicken biscuit you should order. It has the perfect combination of tanginess and sweetness. Who would have thought that pickles and honey go so well together on fried chicken? You might think that the honey is too sweet but it’s balanced by the little sprinkle of mustard sauce. On top of that buttery biscuit this makes the perfect fried chicken brunch.

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The Wandering Goose sandwich

Bruxie

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Chicken, spicy slaw, and chili honey wrapped in a giant waffle bun. ‘nuff said. Back in the day, they used to not give you enough slaw in the sandwich and had a different recipe for the chicken, but the current version features crunchier double-battered chicken and a heap of slaw with that sticky, addicting honey.

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Bruxie sandwich

The Bird

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One of the best fried chicken sandwiches we ever had. Get the spicy one (smothered in a Nashville-style sauce) or the chicken biscuit (chicken on a fluffy biscuit with hashbrowns) during breakfast.

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The Bird sandwich

Eureka

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The fried chicken sliders come in pairs of two and are topped with mashed potatoes for the ultimate carb-load. The chicken is very juicy and the slightly spicy sauce on the sliders gives them the perfect kick.

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Starbird

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Starbird’s chicken sandwiches are as good as their chicken tenders. The chicken is moist and has a tasty breading. What makes the Starbird sandwiches stand out is not the chicken itself but the toppings and the bread. They have many different styles, for example the Starbird with avocado, the Hot Honey Chicken with hot honey and sweet pepper relish, and the Korean Fried Chicken with Gochujang sauce and miso slaw. The bread rolls are soft and have a great chew. Just don’t substitute the crispy chicken with grilled chicken when ordering your sandwich.

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Starbird sandwich