My boss had me drive out to our South San Francisco location for some training the other day and I was able to try out Respectable Bird during my lunch, a little pop up restaurant place that operates out of a food warehouse. They sell fried chicken and fried chicken sandwiches (as well as other stuff) and I gotta say, their sandwiches are top tier! I definitely give this place a 10/10, mainly because pricing wasn’t too bad, and the portions were huge! For those Bay Area foodies in the know, this place is also known as SFFC. Their sandwiches are so crispy and juicy, very well seasoned.
I also got the Mac and cheese but since it’s so cold in South SF, the Mac and cheese got super cold as well during my walk back to work so it turned solid and was hard to eat. I should’ve eaten it first while it was nice and gooey and melty, but oh well. It was a fantastic meal from a fantastic place.
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Lucky Bird Fried Chicken, 1627 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles (Eagle Rock), CA 90041
Lucky Bird just opened in Eagle Rock in the old Eagle Rock Public House space. Their first location was a stall at Grand Central Market. Choose from Fried chicken platters, fried chicken sammies, salads, crispy tofu, sides, drinks, and dessert. Sides include skin-on fries, mac & cheese, slaw, watermelon & cucumber salad, broccoli salad, and dill pickles. They also have different dipping sauces. Beer and wine are available.
I walked in and there was an option to order from a human being or one of the touchscreen kiosks. I chose to order from the kiosk. You can also get your own beeper which lights up when your order is ready.
Spicy chicken Sammie platter with your choice of 1 side (mac & cheese for me), $13.50: Boneless fried chicken breast, sweet & spicy heat, cheese, pickled jalapeños, buttermilk ranch, butter bun. Good quality, good looking sandwich. The bun was soft and warm and the chicken very tender. I didn’t realize the spicy chicken was dipped in a wet sauce. Because of the wet sauce, the chicken wasn’t as crunchy as I expected. Also, the sauce was surprisingly sweet. The sandwich was soft and warm – it needed more crunch and veggies. There was only one heat/spice level (it’s not that spicy). The mac & cheese shells were soft and super creamy/cheesy.
The food was tasty but I think I ordered the wrong thing…willing to try again. The restaurant is large and decorated attractively with a large bar area and picnic style tables.
4 out of 5 stars
By Lolia S.
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Fried Chicken Sandwich w/Pork Rinds. Buc-ee’s. Temple, Texas. 8.6.2021.
NOTE TO SELF: Eager to get home, Bryan and I decided to just grab something at Buc-ee's, which is a gas station, but also a cultural phenomenon. And the food smelled really good, but I think when I saw the foiled-wrapped chicken sandwiches, I had visions of a Popeye's chicken sandwich. This was closer to something...well, that belongs in a gas station. I ended up completely ditching the bun and eating the chicken patty by itself. I should have abandoned that and insisted on stopping somewhere else. Might be on the most-disappointing meals list at the end of the year.
Currently ranked last of nine August meals.
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National Avocado Day
Today we celebrate avocados! A fruit that grows on trees, avocados have a tough skin with a greenish or yellowish flesh inside, as well as a large seed. They can range in size from that of a hen’s egg to up to about four pounds, depending on their variety. Some major varieties are Hass, Fuerte, Bacon, Zutano, Rincon, Mexican, Guatemalan, Booth 8, Booth 7, Lula, and Waldin. They are native to Mexico and to the area south of there down to the Andes Mountains.
The Aztecs are known to have eaten avocados. For a long period of time, avocados were only eaten in Central and South America and in the Caribbean, where they gained the name “alligator pear.” In 1833, horticulturist Henry Perrine became the first to plant avocados in Florida. They were first planted in California in the 1880s. By the turn of the century, orchards were established, and avocados first gained commercial importance.
Avocado dishes began appearing in Mexican recipe books and restaurants in the 1920s. During this time, avocados really weren’t popular in the United States except for in California, Hawaii, and Florida. More Americans began embracing avocados when they became a popular salad item in the 1950s. Guacamole also gained in popularity, largely on account of the El Torito restaurant chain. In the twenty-first century, the popularity of avocados has continued to increase. According to the Hass Avocado Board, avocado consumption doubled between 2005 and 2015 and quadrupled between 2000 and 2015. Today, the biggest growers of avocados are Mexico, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, and Columbia. They are also grown in Florida, California, Hawaii, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, and some Pacific Islands.
Avocados are a good or high source of vitamins C, E, K, B1, B2, A, and potassium, and they are a rich source for omega-3 fatty acids. They are high in monounsaturated fats that are healthy for the heart. One of these fats, oleic acid, is also healthy for the skin. Not only can avocados benefit the skin by being ingested, but they can be used topically. The Aztecs used them in skin masks, and by the early twentieth century, they were being used in facial cleansers, creams, and lotions. This is still the case today.
Avocados are used in savory and sweet dishes all around the world and are almost always eaten raw. One of the most common uses for avocados is guacamole. It is made by mashing them and is used as a dip for tortilla chips. Avocados are spread on toast and tortillas, eaten in salads, and even enjoyed as desserts. In some countries, they are used in milkshakes or other drinks, and sometimes in ice cream. Avocado oil is used in salads and dips as well.
National Avocado Day was founded by Model Meals, a meal delivery service that focuses on sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. They work with local organic farmers and growers to create menus. Avocados are often used, and they decided to create a holiday because they liked them so much. They chose July 31 as the holiday’s date because it is during peak avocado season in California.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by eating avocados! There are many varieties you could try and many different ways you could eat them. You could have some guacamole and chips or spread avocado on toast. You could also use avocados to make a salad or a dessert. Some restaurants give away free guacamole today, so keep an eye out for that. Another idea could be to use oils and lotions made with avocados.
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