Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Sonoma County

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In honor of Dave’s Hot Chicken opening in Santa Rosa (soonish), we decided to make a list of our favorite fried chicken sandwiches in Sonoma County. Dave’s Hot Chicken, a Southern California zeitgeist with seven levels of heat — from mild to ridiculously painful (aka Reaper), is slated to open on Mendocino Ave. in the Safeway shopping center. But is it really as good as what we already have? We plan to put it to the test. Meanwhile, check out these faves.

Jam’s Joy Bungalow, Sebastopol

woman holding plate of fried chicken sandwichChef Jamilah’s Charlie Hustle chicken sandwich is, well, legendary. Every Monday (and some other days, but definitely Monday), this coconut milk brined chicken gets a crispy fried coating dressed with Tamara pickles, sweet honey sauce, cabbage, sriracha and a toasted brioche bun. See ya there. 150 Weeks Way, Sebastopol

Belfare, Petaluma

fried chicken and hot sauceYou can find this traveling roadshow of yum regularly at the Petaluma East Side Farmer’s Market, Flatbed Farm in Glen Ellen and Three Fat Guys Wines in Sonoma — or by the line of drooling people waiting for their chicken sandos (which also made a recent cover of Sonoma Magazine). Fire Swamp Provisions bun, dill pickles, Cajun cabbage and spicy mayo. Get the latest @belfaresonoma

Brewster’s Beer Garden, Petaluma

fried chicken sandwich and french fries
Heather Irwin

I’ve been a fan of this unusual buttermilk fried chicken sandwich for years. What makes it extra special? Goat cheddar. Just trust us on this one, because even though cheese and chicken seem like odd bedfellows, it just works. 229 Water Street North, Petaluma

Twin Oaks Roadhouse, Penngrove

This roadhouse classic is pretty much unrivaled in its awesomeness. A thick slab of juicy fried chicken gets the Nashville hot treatment with a brioche bun, bread and butter pickles, lettuce and mayo. 5745 Old Redwood Hwy., Penngrove

Mission Kitchen and Bar, Santa Rosa

There’s just something about the sweetly spicy Korean fried chicken sandwich we just discovered at this Mission Ave. bar. Now with a large outdoor area, Chef Jesse Mcquarrie is finding a new audience for his creative takes on bar food. 52 Mission Ave., #111, Santa Rosa, missionkitchenbar.com.

Lou’s Luncheonette, Sonoma

fried chicken sandwich with coleslawThe name may have changed a couple of times (from Fremont Diner to Boxcar Fried Chicken and Biscuits to Lou’s Luncheonette), but the fried chicken has remained solid. 2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma

Hot Chix, Santa Rosa

close up fried chicken sandwich
Heather Irwin

This Union Hotel spin-off is all about spicy fried chicken sandwiches. Choose from Nashville hot or the seriously hot Call Yo’ Mama. Loaded with cool coleslaw to put out the fire in your mouth. Online ordering only at hotchixsantarosa.com for delivery or pickup at 280 Mission Blvd., Santa Rosa

Beer Baron, Santa Rosa

The Heatstroke Club isn’t quite as frightening as it sounds. Made with spicy buttermilk fried chicken with bacon, lettuce tomato, pepper jack and a slather of Tabasco aioli, it’s not for the timid, admittedly, but still well within the bounds of safety. 614 4th St, Santa Rosa, 707-757-9294

Sonoma Crust, Santa Rosa

fried chicken and waffles
Heather Irwin

The best fried chicken sandwich, because the juicy chicken breast is sandwiched between two waffles. We’re glad to see them open again after the pandemic, cause we all need some great fried chicken right about now. 1040 N Dutton Ave. Suite A, Santa Rosa

April Pantry, Petaluma

fried chicken sandwich with cabbage slawAn excellent fried chicken sando with not-too-spicy lime-cilantro coleslaw on a soft Acme French roll. 1000 Clegg Ct., Petaluma

Zoftig Eatery, Santa Rosa

very close up shot of fried chicken sandwich with pickles and lettuceThis unassuming cafe has remained in my list of best restaurants for years, not because its fancy, but because it’s just so darn consistently good. We recently re-tried the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and it proved to be the juicy, crunchy old friend we remembered. Go for the K-Town, with Gochujang barbecue sauce, sesame aioli, cabbage, jalapeño and lime. 57 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa


By: Heather Irwin

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