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Top 50 fried chicken sandwiches in California

Hotboys in Oakland, CA | Photo by Yelp Elite Michael P

The fried chicken sandwich game has been heating up for the past few years and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Whether you like your fried chicken sandwich mild, medium, hot, or fire, there’s nothing better than munching down on a piece of fried chicken wedged in between a bun to make the ultimate sandwich. To celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, we’re calling attention to the top 50 fried chicken sandwiches in California according to Yelp.

The below shops are either open for dine-in or offering limited delivery, takeout, or curbside service as of June 21, 2021. 

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the best fried chicken sandwiches in California according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning derivatives of “fried chicken sandwiches,” then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “fried chicken sandwiches.” All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 21, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 21, 2021.

Are you ready for your fried, golden, and delicious adventure?

Yelp’s Top 25 Fried Chicken Sandwiches in California:

* Offers delivery on Yelp

  1. World Famous Hotboys (Oakland)
  2. Bakesale Betty (Oakland)
  3. The Bird (San Francisco)
  4. CHICK N’ BROS (San Jose)*
  5. Howlin’ Ray’s (Los Angeles)
  6. ROCKBIRD (Glendale)*
  7. Love Burn (South San Francisco)*
  8. Plucked Chicken & Beer (San Ramon)
  9. Birdies (Los Angeles)
  10. Michin Dak (Los Angeles)*
  11. Daybird (Los Angeles)
  12. Jay Bird’s Chicken (Long Beach)
  13. Cluck Kitchen (Irvine)
  14. Boss Bird Kitchen (San Diego)
  15. Holdaak (Fullerton)*
  16. Hetchy’s Hots (San Francisco)*
  17. Sweetbird (Anaheim)
  18. Cluck & Blaze (Long Beach)*
  19. Southside Station (Berkeley)*
  20. Hotbird (San Francisco)
  21. The Crack Shack (Pasadena)
  22. Hawking Bird (Oakland)*
  23. Angry Chickz (Los Angeles)*
  24. Plucked Chicken & Beer (Pleasanton)
  25. The Kluckin Chicken (Los Angeles)*
  26. Flybird (San Francisco)*
  27. Halal Fried Chicken (Sunnyvale)
  28. Lettuce Feast (Los Angeles)
  29. Main Chick Hot Chicken (West Los Angeles)*
  30. Crimson Coward (Downey)
  31. Pinky’s Hot Box (Torrance)*
  32. Dave’s Hot Chicken (Los Angeles)*
  33. El Pollo Picante (Berkeley)*
  34. Nash & Proper (Sacramento)
  35. Honeybird (La Cañada Flintridge)
  36. Blazin Chicks (Temple City)*
  37. Summer’s Fried Chicken (Newport Beach)*
  38. Bird-N-Bun (Long Beach)*
  39. Egg N Bird (Maywood)
  40. Tennessee Hot Chicken THC (Los Angeles)*
  41. Hidden Spot (South San Francisco)*
  42. Winner Winner Chicken (San Mateo)*
  43. Pikunico (Los Angeles)*
  44. WesBurger ‘N’ More (San Francisco)*
  45. Baba’s Hot Chicken (Riverside)*
  46. Mom & Pop Chicken Shop (El Dorado Hills)
  47. Fowl + Fare (Oakland)
  48. Bred’s Nashville Hot Chicken (Anaheim)
  49. Scratch Cookery (San Jose)
  50. Clyde’s Hot Chicken (Fullerton)

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