Sandwich of the Week: Naked Lunch’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

This San Francisco sandwich shop has a rotating menu, sometimes serving the fried lunchtime delight
Naked Lunch Fried Chicken Sandwich
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Naked Lunch’s “Mary’s Farm Fried Chicken Sandwich” in San Francisco.

San Francisco is known as a town for food lovers, though sandwiches may not always be the first dish associated with The City by the Bay. Naked Lunch, located in the North Beach neighborhood on the corner of Kearny and Broadway, and their “Mary’s Farm Fried Chicken Sandwich” may change your thinking about the city’s offerings of this lunch staple.

The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, 12 p.m. to “late” on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, and lists a rotating menu of specialty sandwiches. Their fried chicken item, though not served every day, is by far their customer favorite, amassing scores of positive reviews on Foursquare and Yelp. It’s easy to see why, as the batter on the chicken is heavily spiced and accompanied by buttermilk and pimentón coleslaw and green garlic aioli on pain de mie. The employees will often suggest, as they ring you up for your delicious purchase, that you add some Crystal hot sauce that they supply to guests in packets. 

So, if you’re in San Francisco and are lucky enough to find yourself at Naked Lunch on a day when they have their “Mary’s Farm Fried Chicken Sandwich” listed on their menu, be sure to experience for yourself what all the internet buzz is about.

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Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant/City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.