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The 5 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants Near San Mateo

Updated: December 9, 2021

Craving something crispy? We recommend sampling one of these epic Fried Chicken spots in San Mateo. We analyzed the best review sites, including expert and diner reviews for these top fried chicken joints in San Mateo. No matter your favorite style: buttermilk, spicy Korean, or Nashville hot chicken - these restaurants do it best.

Find the perfect Fried Chicken spot

Winner Winner Chicken

New American, San MateoNew AmericanSan Mateo, Northeast Hillsdale
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

If you travel further

Johnston's Saltbox

American, $$, San CarlosAmerican, $$San Carlos
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
  • Do The Bay

    The Bay's Best Fried Chicken

    Do The Bay


Creole, $$, San CarlosCreole, $$San Carlos
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

3 Pigs BBQ

American, $$, San CarlosAmerican, $$San Carlos
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Starbird Chicken

American, $, Foster CityAmerican, $Foster City, Pilgrim-Triton
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

How did these spots get chosen?

Finding the best spot to satisfy your Fried Chicken craving shouldn't be so tough. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 3104661 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 28999 restaurants, and 2955 lists and articles from top sources like Do The Bay. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Do The Bay - The Bay's Best Fried Chicken. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips for Fried Chicken

  • Champagne with your fried chicken

    When considering what goes best with fried chicken, we recommend a glass of Champagne, it truly complements the dish as it acts as a palate cleanser for the fatty dish.

  • Go for Tempranillo with fried chicken

    For an elevated experience, pair your fried chicken with Tempranillo. This combination works particularly well because this red wine cuts the fat with its tannins.

  • Take fried chicken to the next level

    Experts suggest pairing a fried chicken with a glass of crystal malt, a popular beer.

Fun facts about Fried Chicken

  • A day for fried chicken-lovers

    What makes July 6 special for everyone with a soft spot for fried chicken? The celebration of National Fried Chicken Day, a tradition in The United States.

  • A big appetite

    Naddar "FreakEating" Reda knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 170 nuggets in a limited time,setting a world record in the process!

  • The largest fried chicken

    2,493 pounds is the record for the biggest fried chicken. We hope people were hungry!

Parking in the area

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