National Fried Chicken Day

Union Encinitas Chicken & Waffles

National Fried Chicken Day is Friday, July 6th and there are plenty of ways to celebrate the deliciousness of this Southern-originating delicacy! From pan frying in your own home to indulging in seasoned, deep-fried options at local restaurants, the possibilities are endless. To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of the very best fried chicken plates to treat yourself to this Friday.

Who says crispy, crunchy fried chicken can only be enjoyed for lunch or dinner?! Union Encinitas, a community-oriented and neighborhood-friendly North County spot to enjoy any meal of the day, can prove otherwise with their Chicken & Waffle brunch plate. One bite into these bacon cheddar scallion cornbread waffles topped with buttermilk fried chicken, a sunny egg, sriracha and maple syrup, and you’ll instantly understand. Do yourself a favor and give this savory, sweet and slightly spicy dish a try as soon as possible.

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with a trip up to Carlsbad’s Park 101, where you can nosh on delicious food in a laid-back atmosphere! Dine next to a fire pit, on the second-story Tamarack Deck or at a table near the Cornhole game – wherever you decide to sit, just don’t forget to order The Chick. Jalapeno slaw, pepper jack cheese and a sriracha bbq aioli join forces to create a tangy, spicy and crunchy fried chicken sandwich unlike any you’ve had before.

Panoramic ocean views, delightful drinks and an extensive list of beach bites make Pacific Beach Shore Club a great place to grab a meal any time of day. If you’re looking for something light yet satisfying, either before or after laying out at the beach, catching some waves or building a sand castle, the Chicken Finger Basket appetizer comes highly recommended. You can’t go wrong with four large house-made fried chicken pieces, dished out with honey mustard and ranch dressing, and a side of piping hot fries. Yum!

Fried chicken might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Tajima, the city’s go-to spot for authentic Japanese dishes and ramen. But each of the five San Diego locations offers a Karaage appetizer, made up of deep-fried and seasoned chicken served with mayo for dipping. Karaage is a Japanese cooking technique where meat or fish (most often chicken), is coated with either wheat flour or potato starch, and fried in a light oil. Stop in to try this traditional and tasty dish on National Fried Chicken Day!

Start your morning out the right way at the Gaslamp District’s Lazy Hippo, a one-stop location for all your favorite breakfast dishes. From omelets to French toast platters, both traditional dishes and modern brunch options can be found here! On July 6th, take a bite into Lazy Hippos’ Fried Chicken Waffle plate, which consists of three pieces of crispy fried chicken breast served atop a Belgian-style waffle smothered in syrup and served with a side of hot cinnamon apple sauce. The combo of sweet and sugary paired with the savory, crunchy fried chicken will make this dish become one you won’t be able to stop thinking about.

The Crack Shack is launching a whole new array of happy hour bites to complement their fresh beverage offerings at both San Diego locations. In addition to $2 off craft beers and glasses of wine and $3 off specialty cocktails, guests will be able to also indulge on the following fried treats:
Little Italy: fried pickles with tartar sauce ($2.50), chicken lollipops ($1.75 each).

location: 2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Encinitas: fried pickles with tartar sauce ($2.50), spicy chicken biscuit sliders ($2.00 each)
location: 407 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Their full happy hour menu will be available Monday – Friday from 3-6 PM beginning Friday, July 6th.