99 Ranch Market opened its second San Diego location on Balboa Ave. a couple of weeks ago, and I went during Grand Opening weekend to check it out. I’ll share a couple of pics I took of the new store at the end of the post, but mostly I was interested in checking out Krispy Krunchy Chicken, which was spotted by CC when she visited and sent me photos.
I looked up the restaurant and it seems to be a franchise store, with locations throughout California – I believe this is the second store in San Diego.
Interestingly, in addition to the fried chicken menu, there also seems to be a Japanese ramen selection, as well as a poke bowl (the trend is real). I was a bit skeptical of the ramen, and plus I was there for the chicken!
Even though I’m normally insistent on fried chicken, for some reason the Cajun tenders were speaking to me that day. Date also chose a large jambalaya side.
8-pc. Cajun Tenders [$10.99]
The tenders were quite yummy! Even though it was boneless breast meat, the chicken was juicy and flavorful. However, since the chicken isn’t fried to order, the batter was less crispy than I would have liked – but the flavor of the batter was quite nice, with a bit of a Cajun spicy kick. The jambalaya also had a pretty good flavor, although I felt that the rice was also a bit dry.
Overall, though, I still quite enjoyed our meal at Krispy Krunchy Chicken. The menu and style reminded me a lot of Popeye’s, but this is much closer to me! I’m excited to have a good fast-food fried chicken place in my vicinity, although that could also be dangerous I suppose. Kirbie has also visited already, and she ordered the fried chicken which looked delicious as well – I’ll have to try those next time.
Krispy Krunchy Chicken
5950 Balboa Ave. #111, San Diego, CA 92111
Lastly, here are a couple of quick shots of the new 99 Ranch. The store is still quite clean, the aisles are nice and spacious, there seems to be a Taiwanese-style bento food bar inside, which I’ll have to check out sometime.
Next to the Krispy Krunchy Chicken, there are 3 other shops: Saigon 5, offering Vietnamese food, Shan Xi Magic Kitchen, and Mr. A Cafe – not sure if it’s related to the now-closed Hong Kong restaurant A Cafe. I’m looking forward to seeing these places up and running!