There’s something about fried chicken that makes it an instant hit with just about anyone who eats it. How people prefer to enjoy it may vary. Some people like spicy breading, while others prefer something salty, savory and crunchy. No matter how you prefer it, you probably don’t pass up an opportunity to enjoy it.
We previously wrote on one of our favorite new Korean-style fried chicken spots in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood called Cross Street Chicken and Beer, which ended up being one of our most popular posts – so we know you all are big fans of the greasy goodness too. In this article we’re checking out some other places around town that are sure to satisfy your chicken cravings.
Depending on where you go for fried chicken, leftovers may not even be an issue. While it’s always great to order extra, you can just enjoy a piece or two. There are plenty of places where you can find fried chicken. Of course, there are numerous chain restaurants that serve this popular protein, as well as plenty of incredible soul food and American cuisine restaurants that offer it. We’ve located four of the best places for fresh fried chicken around San Diego for finger-lickin’ comfort food.
Fast, Flavorful and Budget-Friendly Chicken
Krispy Krunchy Chicken
Location: 5950 Balboa Avenue, Suite 111 (map)
Hours: Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you ever get an early evening craving for fried chicken near Clairemont, Krispy Krunchy Chicken is the answer to your prayers. They are open until 9 p.m., but they start discounting chicken prices for walk-in customers after 8:30. That means you can enjoy fresh fried chicken for 20 percent off the standard menu price, at least until they run out for the evening.
Of course, with the low prices that this place offers, there’s no reason to wait until they’re closing up to pick up some chicken. The chicken here is fried Cajun-style, right in front of the 99 Ranch Market. There are plenty of flavors to enjoy, from Cajun-seasoned chicken tenders to Buffalo wings. You can enjoy a combo with your choice of two, three or four pieces, along with a drink, a side dish and a fresh biscuit.
If you live or work with people who love chicken, or if you want to have some leftovers, you can order eight piece meals, with prices as low as $8.49 for dark meat on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can enjoy an eight-piece mix of white and dark meat for just $10.99. You definitely won’t be leaving this place hungry!
Korean Fried Chicken Cooked While You Shop!
Location: 7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (map)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Closed Mondays
Want some tasty, Korean-inspired fried chicken? Look no further than Gala Chicken in Kearny Mesa. Located inside Zion Market, this little chicken booth serves up chicken that is fried two times in traditional Korean style. They offer crispy chicken pieces, which have an impressive savory flavor while remaining juicy, as well as spicy, hot chicken and even friend chicken tenders.
Their crispy wings are the way to go if you want something basic and filling. You get six pieces for $7.99. You’ll get pickled radishes and a special house-made spicy sauce on the side. If you want your chicken to be spicy without dipping sauce, you can enjoy their spicy chicken in a bucket, with wings, breasts and drumsticks, or as a plate with wings and drumsticks. They also offer a sweeter variety, made with their Gala Sweet Soy sauce.
Both the Spicy and Sweet Soy versions are slightly more expensive, with an $8.99 price tag for the wing or drumstick plate. Their original Gala Crispy is $16.99 for a bucket or family size serving, while the Sweet Soy or Spicy run $17.99. Overall, you get plenty of food and flavor for a very fair price, making Gala chicken worth checking out.
Southern Fried Chicken and So Much More!
Chicken Charlie’s FryBQ
Location: 5407 Balboa Ave. (map)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Another fried chicken destination in Clairemont, Chicken Charlie’s FryBQ serves up Southern-style chicken and more for the masses. They serve hot wings in a house-made sauce, sandwiches, salads, baby back ribs, onion rings, French fries, coleslaw and even chicken and waffles.
With unusual dishes like frog legs and bacon wrapped shrimp, you can certainly have an adventurous meal. For the more conservative eater, there are also chicken breast sandwiches, which come with grilled or crispy chicken. They serve fried chicken and shrimp on greens if you want a salad, too.
Their spicy wings and Buffalo chicken have a little kick, but thankfully they serve domestic beers and local craft brews to offset that heat. They make Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, burritos stuffed with steak, fried shrimp, avocados and French fries and even a pulled pork sandwich. You can also try deep fried baby back ribs and tater tots topped with pulled pork or Philly cheesesteak toppings.
Be sure that you save some room for dessert, because they offer some awesome, deep-fried sweet treats. You’ll have your choice of strawberry funnel cake, topped with whipped cream, fried cookie dough served with ice cream and chocolate syrup, or even deep fried Oreo cookies topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup.
Soul Food Fried Chicken and Sides to Die For
Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Cafe
Location: 1964 54th Street (map)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday
When it comes to fried chicken, there’s nothing like soul food-inspired recipes. That’s why Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Cafe has the last spot on this list. Whether you’re looking for chicken and waffles or something a little more unique, the food here will have you coming back for more.
Two pieces of fried chicken with a waffle will only cost you $9.95, while wings are $5.24 for six pieces and $8.99 for a dozen. If wings are what you’re craving, the unique sauces here are something to write home about. They will make you hot, fried or BBQ wings. For an extra $2.00, however, you can try their homemade honey pecan glaze, which is a flavor unlike anything you’ll find at corporate wing shops.
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They are also famous for their fried mac and cheese balls, catfish strips, fried pickles and turkey dinner with dressing. Feeling more like the other white meat? They make pork chops, smother pork chops, ham hocks and pig feet, all with your choice of sides, as well as either a cornbread muffin or a roll.
The soul food side dishes are practically a meal unto themselves here, with options ranging from yams, black eyed peas and mashed potatoes with gravy to coleslaw, fried okra, spaghetti, and of course, mac and cheese.