There's a lot going on at Thai Fresh. This multipurpose Thai deli, grocery store, and cooking school serves about ten different dishes from its counter including the required Pad Thai. And there are sandwiches, too.
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I don't usually get too excited for chicken salad sandwiches, but I found this rosemary chicken salad ($9), on the brunch and lunch menus at Starbelly in San Francisco's Castro, pretty irresistible.
Burger King has been the most aggressive risk-taker lately. Just this past summer they put bacon on ice cream, sweet potatoes in the fryolator, and the kitchen sink atop a Whopper. Now they've rolled out a bunch of new back-to-school sandwiches, highlighted by their take on chicken parm.
KFC's original Chicken Little was much beloved by fried chickianados. Fans of the Little don't tend to get as ostentatiously nostalgic as the porkers do about the McRib or the tallow-heads do about the bygone days of all-beef French fries, but there are plenty of Little lovers out there, and they were duly excited when KFC announced the mini sandwich's return after more than 20 years of exile.
When queried about it, the affable cashier offered that it was "like Chick-fil-A, on steroids." Though meant as compliment, that phrase does not do much justice to the Crunchy Chicken sandwich ($10.50) at Local Foods in Houston.
The fried chicken sandwich at Son of a Gun towers on the plate, a Jenga-like construction of its various components. The chicken is, for the most part, juicy and tender. The breading gives way to an audible crunch when you bite into the meat, and the seasoning alone is worth savoring.
When asking around to get recommendations on the best sandwiches in the city, the Beer Can Chicken Melt ($11) was recommended to us by one of our trusted bartenders, so we headed down to the Lager House to check it out.
It's a beast of a lunch, layering lightly crumbed and fried moist chicken thigh meat from Fulton Valley Farms with shredded cabbage, ripe tomato, and thinly sliced purple onion, dressed with garlic mayo and a spicy tonkatsu sauce made with apricot and tamarind.
Bakersfield OTR is a new Mexican-influenced restaurant in Cincinnati's Gateway Quarter. And while the tacos (particularly the fish and the short rib) are excellent, I also urge you to order one of their specialty tortas.
We've been hearing an awful lot about Chick-Fil-A—the Atlanta-based fried chicken sandwich fast food chain—in the news recently, and it's not been about how awesome their chicken sandwiches are, which is somewhat unfortunate, because those sandwiches are awesome. I decided to figure out how to make them at home. Here's how it's done. And yes, you can even make 'em on a Sunday.
A spot-on replica of Chick-Fil-A's famous fried chicken breast sandwich.
The last time I doubted an item on Burger King's new "Summer BBQ Menu," the King delivered the best fast-food dessert I've ever had. The bacon sundae was such a pleasant surprise that I suspended my general skepticism regarding overly ambitious fast food and headed back in to sample some of the other seasonal specials: the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and both the Carolina and Texas versions of the BBQ Tendergrill Chicken sandwiches.
I don't usually go for the chicken sandwich, but the shredded poached chicken at James is absolutely blanketed in melted brie, and the two fuse into a salty, fatty core in which every morsel is totally saturated with cheese.
Sub Sand does a variety of takes on the Vietnamese sandwich. Some, like the lemongrass chicken, stay Asian-inspired, while others, like the buffalo chicken, go down another path. Most people patronizing the tiny International District storefront grab theirs to-go, but if you feel like sitting, order a Hong Kong-style egg puff fresh for dessert.
It's essentially a deluxed up version of Wendy's very good spicy chicken sandwich, and it is excellent. The bacon adds a ton, the guacamole certainly doesn't detract, and the end result is one of the rare fast food sandwiches worth $4.99.
The harissa mustard that lightly dresses the shredded chicken is downright addictive—not too hot, but just tantalizing enough to keep you coming back for more. Like its fattier, lambier menu neighbor, the bread for this sandwich is a foot-long baguette from Balthazar Bakery.
We've written about Alidoro's sandwiches before, but we feel like we don't write about them enough; luckily for us, their menu offers up a whopping forty. We'll certainly be back for more.
A chicken tender sandwich ($8) isn't exactly what I expected to find when walking into Radish in Williamsburg, a land of vegetable salads and such. But it's quite a good sandwich (and made with organic chicken, helping it fit in a little more with its surroundings).
"Roasted chicken breast" and "roasted red peppers" are usually two ingredients that, in the world of sandwiches, leave me cold. But the Harissa Honey Roasted Chicken breast ($11.50) at The Smile was a fine sandwich indeed.
You've gotta give points for the name. The "Shawafel" ($8) at Park Slope falafel shop Kulushkät combines (wait for it) shawarma and falafel in one sandwich, along with hummus and all the usual fixin's.