Buttermilk fried chicken is amongst one of the growing "simple pleasures" that foodies are flocking to order. While it's been a Sunday night dinner staple in the South for years, it's become more popular on everyday menus and daily breakfast specials. Chicken and waffles is no longer a rarity on brunch menus, and varieties of buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches are becoming key items on lunch and dinner menus from cafés to five-star restaurants.
So, where do you find the best fried chicken in Bend? We did the research, and here's what we found:
Made-to-order Belgian waffles topped with boneless, breaded chicken bites and bacon are dusted in powdered sugar and served with real maple syrup. Seating is available 'upstairs' in this British tour bus-turned-food cart.
Chef Brandon has put together a menu that is fricken amazing and we can't get enough of this tasty, buttery waffle. Check them out at The Lot daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Fricken Faco, 745 NW Columbia st., @frickenfaco
Juicy fried chicken is topped with a buttermilk dressing and hot sauce, both made in-house. It's served with shredded lettuce and pickles alongside a decent portion of fries. Please do yourself a favor and head to one of their locations as soon as humanly possible. Located at Spoken Moto's food truck lot and adjacent to Boss Rambler Beer Club.
Scoutpost, 310 Industrial wy.
Chicken Katsu, panko-breaded fried chicken, is served on a soft and airy steamed Hirata bun with a side of Hoisin and Sriracha sauces. The buns are served with thinly sliced house-made pickles and burnt scallion. Two for $7 means you can eat as many steamed buns as your belly will allow. The counter-service ramen house is now open in the Box Factory.
Miyagi Ramen, 550 SW Industrial wy. @miyagiramen
Wild Oregon Foods
Tucked away in the Bend Factory Outlet Stores, this restaurant is definitely one of Bend's hidden gems. Chef James draws much of his inspiration from ranchers and farmers across the Pacific Northwest and has adopted the farm-to-table approach in the design of and ingredients for the menu. Their buttermilk fried chicken and waffles is made gluten-free using Josie's Best GF waffle mix; the chicken is dredged in Josie's GF muffin mix to ensure a sweet and crunchy breading.
Wild Oregon Foods, 61334 South Hwy 97 #360
Washington Dining & Cocktails
There's something truly intoxicating about biting into the steaming hot chicken in this this sandwich. The contrast between the kimchee mayo, the house-made sesame and soy pickles, and the heat from the chicken straight from the fryer delivers a well-rounded flavor profile with each mouthwatering bite. Lunch commences at 11 a.m. daily, but this fried delicacy is available through dinner.
Washington Dining & Cocktails, 900 NW Mt. Washington dr. @washingtonnwx
Yes, we had to add Fricken Faco one more time; this list wouldn't be complete without their spicy Thai fried chicken bites! The boneless, hand-breaded chicken bites are tossed in your choice of six different sauces which range from sweet to spicy. Pro tip: if you prefer sweet, try the orange tamarind sauce. They also offer traditional wild buffalo sauce as well as honey butter and either sweet or Korean BBQ.
Fricken Faco, 745 NW Columbia st.,
10 Barrel Brewing
Ok, so they're not breaded and fried, but the wings from 10 Barrel are too tasty not to mention. With your choice of Korean BBQ or traditional Buffalo sauce, they make for a tasty pairing with any brew on their beer list. Served with your choice of ranch or bleu cheese dressing... and complimentary wet napkins.
10 Barrel Brewing, various locations
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