As much as I love visiting the beautiful wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley for their delicious wines, Wine Country has so much to offer. You may not immediately think of fried chicken when Wine Country comes to mind, but believe me when I say these spots listed below do not disappoint. Continue reading below to see the Best Fried Chicken in Wine Country that I’ve tried!
Ad Hoc + Addendum
Ad Hoc + Addendum, one of Thomas Keller’s restaurants, has spectacular fried chicken. It’s so good that they even dedicate Sunday nights to Fried Chicken. Be sure to make a reservation as they’re hard to get into and enjoy the delicious Fried Chicken. See some of the fun I had at a birthday party I hosted at the Ad Hoc Picnic enjoying this amazing fried chicken on my blog at Thomas Keller’s Delicious Ad Hoc in Yountville, California.
The Backyard Forestville
When you mention Fried Chicken in Sonoma, The Backyard Forestville is one of the first spots you hear recommended. Owner and Chef Daniel Kedanis is an alumnus from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc, as previously mentioned on this list, so you know you’re in very good hands. Check it out for yourself and let me know if you think it’s as AMAZING as I do! Read more about The Backyard Forestville on my blog here.
Bird & The Bottle
One of the most amazing Fried Chickens I’ve enjoyed in downtown Santa Rosa is the Bird & The Bottle Fried Chicken. Their presentation is so darling and their food is just as tasty! You’re definitely going to want to check out this awesome spot.
The slider version of the fried chicken was just as good as it looks.
Of course, since this post talks about the Best Fried Chicken in Wine Country, I had to include a vineyard on the list. Bricoleur Vineyards has amazing food to accompany their delicious wines that you must try. Their chef, Shane McAnelly, makes mouth-watering meals as you can see below. Be sure to check out their website for McAnelly’s awesome recipes you can try out at home!
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards hosted me for a fabulous wine & food tasting and I was pleasantly surprised by one pairing option in particular. That’s right, you can sip delicious Sonoma wines while eating some of the best-fried chicken in the area. The Fried Chicken & Caviar Tasting is $150 and fees about 4 (with 1/2 a bucket of Fried Chicken left over to take home) and you get to enjoy a Bottle of the Estate Chalk Hill Chardonnay. This is one of the most delicious Culinary Tastings I’ve experienced in Healdsburg and highly recommend it. Learn more and book your visit to Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards here.
The Fern Bar at The Barlow
The Fern Bar at the Barlow is an amazing spot to satisfy your fried chicken cravings. Their fried chicken sandwich is the perfect amount of crispy chicken and flavor that includes some coleslaw and their special sauce. Be sure to add some fries to this delicious meal!
The Fig Cafe
Anyone who knows girl & the fig is familiar with Sondra Bernstein’s amazing culinary creations. Speaking of Sondra read my interview with Sondra Bernstein here…. Well her Fried Chicken is just as fabulous as you’d expect coming from her amazing Culinary team. The Fried Chicken is available at The Fig Cafe, located in Glen Ellen. With a delicious crunchy crust, moist chicken it’s fabulous! Read more about The Fig Cafe here.
Taub Family Outpost
Taub Family Outpost is a Sonoma staple, and they have some of the best-fried chicken in town! I highly recommend visiting this cozy spot for all your brunch and lunch needs. And did I mention they also have one of my FAVORITE Burgers in Wine Country. Read about the Best Burgers in Wine Country here.
Wild Bird at The Flamingo Resort
I had the pleasure of visiting Wild Bird at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa for their friends & family preview opening and I immediately fell in love with the fun, vibrant hotel and pool scene, their great drinks, and their divine Fried Chicken Sandwich. It was not only super crispy, but beyond juicy made from organic Mary’s Chicken. This is hands down one of the best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Sonoma County! Order online at Wild Bird Santa Rosa here.