OCTOBER 11, 2011

Organic Fried Chicken
@ Wayfare Tavern

Fried Chicken has seen a bit of a resurgence here in the Bay Area, but celebrity chef Tyler Florence's crispy version of this American classic outshines the competition.

Price: $22.00

Served Up By:

  • Wayfare Tavern
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  • Financial District
    558 Sacramento St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
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  • (415) 772-9060
  • Mon-Sat 11am - 11pm
    Sun 5pm - 11pm

Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Price Range: $$$

Parking: Street

Attire: Casual

Good for Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Delivery: No

Take-out: No

Waiter Service: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Alcohol: Full Bar

Wi-Fi: No

Has TV: No

Caters: No

Wheelchair Access: Yes

The Dish:

Who can resist a crispy, juicy piece of fried chicken? It's a dish that can easily be ruined by a flavorless crust or dry meat. Fortunately, there's no chance of that happening at Wayfare Tavern. Their version boasts meat that's always succulent and a thin crust that's crispy and flavorful. The secret is in the buttermilk brine, which tenderizes the meat, ensures juiciness, and adds a bit of tang. Add roasted garlic and fried herbs and you've got a combination that's unexpected and extraordinary.

Key Ingredients: Organic chicken, buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crisp woody herbs, lemon

The Place:

The décor here is very masculine and classic old-world San Francisco with its black interior, dark woods, and brushed metal accents. However, the classy interior doesn't translate to arrogant service; the staff is personable and surprisingly accommodating.

With celebrity chef Tyler Florence at the helm, plus a lively bar and open kitchen, Wayfare Tavern is a place to see and be seen. Business executives having power lunches and local celebrities can be spotted here regularly. Reservations are a must. Use the parking lots in the area to avoid the impossible street-parking situation, given it is the Financial District.

On the Side:

  • Go for broke and order a side of the deliciously mild and creamy Macaroni and Cheese with garlic breadcrumbs. Decadent, for sure.
  • If you're looking for a dish with simple elegance instead, try the California Avocado & Hearts of Palm.

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Elaine spent 10 years in television and radio as a producer, writer and correspondent for places like MTV Asia and CBS 5 in San Francisco. After leaving broadcasting, she began working in communications and public relations in Silicon Valley. In 2007 a friend convinced her to start her own blog about one of her passions: food. Her pet peeves include yellow cheese on pizzas, bad service, complicated recipes and okra.

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