The Bird Review: Ridiculously Delicious Fried Chicken Sandwiches (FiDi, San Francisco)

For over the past two months, I've been going to The Bird at least every other week for their ridiculously delicious fried chicken sandwiches. If you've been following me on Instagram, you can probably tell that I'm obsessed. It is the best fried chicken sandwich I've ever had in my life. For real. 

I've had several fried chicken sandwiches throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, but nothing comes even close to The Bird. My favorite is the spicy chicken sandwich ($8). The thigh meat is huge, so juicy and moist. The meat has this really nice silky texture that's easy to bite into. The exterior is crispy with a nice golden crust that's coated in some kind of spicy paprika all-spice oil that gives off a mild level of heat, contrasting with the bright pickles and apple-celery slaw. 

I may just be lucky, but every sandwich I've had has been unbelievably on point and consistent. I've even taken a sandwich to go all the way home and it was still crisp the next day. Every person I've taken to join me has come back for more. There's usually a line during the lunch hour, so I make sure to get there by 11:30am. They move pretty quick - I usually get my food in less than 7 minutes. The curly fries are great, crispy and nicely seasoned. The loaded fries are a real treat if you're into having your fries dressed with gooey cheese sauce, sour cream, bacon and scallions. 

They recently started serving brown butter biscuit sandwiches ($4.50) for breakfast during the weekdays (ends at 10:30am), which I freakin' love. You can choose from the fried chicken, house made sausage or bacon. My favorite, of course, is the fried chicken, which is about half the size of the thigh served at lunch and comes with irresistible crispy hashbrown bites. 

If you love fried chicken sandwiches, you've got to try out The Bird


Visiting The Bird

Location

115 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Website

http://thebirdsf.com/

Phone

415.872.9825

Hours

  • M-W: 8am-8pm, Th-F: till 9pm

  • Sat: 11-4pm

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Coming Soon: Ippo Ramen Pop-Up at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe (Oakland)

Inspired by the lack of good ramen in the East Bay, Steven Yee, a former San Francisco line cook, started a Japanese pop-up in 2012 by the name of Ippo Ramen. Ippo Ramen is one of the original players in the ramen game that got so popular through word-of-mouth that bowls would sell out at nearly every pop-up! 

I was recently invited to an intimate Ippo Ramen media dinner by Christina of East Bay Dish at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe where Steven served up four dishes for us to try. 

We started with cha su don, a very simple rice bowl topped with chopped pork and a soft boiled egg, then we quickly moved to three bowls of ramen from lightest to heaviest - shio, shoyu and miso.

The cha su don was too bland for me and the pork was on the dry side. It needed some kind of sauce to bring it together.

The ramen was tasty and had springy noodles. Each ramen broth has a base made of beef, pork and shellfish. Out of the three ramen bowls I tasted, I enjoyed the shio and miso broth best. The shio has a light and salty broth, whereas the miso was rich and flavorful.  I enjoyed the cook on the eggs, but I wish it was marinated so there's some flavor to it. 

Ippo Ramen is simply tasty ramen that you can enjoy with a nice cold beer. If you haven't yet, give it a try. 

Currently, Ippo pops up at mostly breweries and farmers markets, but starting in mid-March they'll also be popping up at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe in Oakland (719 Washington St. Oakland) on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm or until sold out. The bowls are priced at $9. 

For more details, be sure to follow Ippo Ramen on Facebook

Much love to Christina for the invite and to Steven for having us!

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First Look: Okane's Exceptional Traditional Japanese-Style Breakfast Arrives to San Francisco

There are countless brunch spots in San Francisco, but there's nothing like Okane. Okane officially launched their new Japanese-style brunch menu, inspired by traditional kaiseki—small, beautifully plated dishes served at tea ceremonies in Japan—combined with the type of breakfast offered to guests at a Japanese onsen ryokan (hot spring hotel). Patrick and I went to check it out on opening day this past Sunday and we're already planning on coming back with friends. This is seriously one of the best brunches I've ever had. Japanese breakfast, where have you been all my life? 

Each brunch set offers a creative variety of small dishes at an incredible value. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18, $20 or $22, catering to both vegetarian and meat/seafood lovers. I talked to chef Edgar Agbayani and he explained that the idea behind this was inspired by a trip to Japan that he and owner Kash Feng took last year to research breakfasts at Japanese hot springs. 

Patrick and I tried both the Megumi ($22) and Miyabi ($20) sets and loved them. The sets come with miso soup, pickles and a salad to start. We found the Megumi and Miyabi sets to be very filling yet well balanced, varying from light to slightly heavier dishes.

63° onsen tamago from the Megumi set.

Temarizushi - ocean trout, maguro, and squid from the Megumi set.

Goma dofu from the Miyabi set.

Gyuniku shigureni from the Megumi set.

Gindara misozuke from the Megumi set.

Dashimaki tamago from the Miyabi set. 

Chirimen jako from the Miyaki and Megumi sets.

There's also an a la carte menu that's very enticing and hard to resist. The ebitama okonomiyaki is outstanding, crispy outside and fluffy inside. The savory pancake is filled with cabbage and plump shrimp, topped with bonito flakes, kewpie mayonnaise and a sweet umami sauce.

Towards the end of our meal, Chef Agbayani surprised us with a bite of their sashimi-style beet and shiso brine cured Scottish salmon for us to try. The salmon is absolutely divine, a must order! So silky, buttery and flavorful.

Update 2/18/2017 - The breakfast at Okane was so spectacular that we went to visit again with our friend Sandy, who writes the delightful food blog Foodhoe. I had to order the Megumi set, okonomiyaki, and beet cured Scottish salmon again.

In addition, we tried the Kashiwa set, which is focused mostly on chicken dishes. The chicken teriyaki and curry were very flavorful and delicious! It is a lighter option compared to the Miyabi and Megumi options.  

Chef Agbayani surprises us again during this visit with a claypot of kani lobster gohan for us to enjoy. The best way to describe this is like a buttery Japanese risotto with crab, lobster and mushrooms that have been cooked in a stock made with Maine lobster shells. It is so rich and comforting! 

Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Sat/Sun. Trust me and go check it out. You'll never look at brunch the same way again. 

Thank you so much for having us over, Okane! 


Visiting Okane

Location

669 Townsend Street. San Francisco, CA 94103

Website

http://www.okanesf.com

Brunch Menu

https://www.scribd.com/document/338134520/Okane-Brunch-Menu

Phone

415-865-9788

Hours

  • Brunch
    Saturday – Sunday: 10a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

  • Lunch
    Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

  • Dinner
    Monday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Sunday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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