Being from the South, I love fried chicken. Back in North Carolina, there was a fried chicken chain called Bojangles’ that served some of the best fried chicken and biscuits that I’ve had. Some people have asked me how it compares to KFC and I give them a blank stare, not knowing how to respond since KFC serves some of the worst fried chicken that I’ve ever had. Oh well. Anyway, since moving to California, I’ve discovered that fried chicken is becoming a new, trendy thing… although I’ve noticed here that people are more obsessed over chicken & waffles, which I actually had never heard of until moving here. To me, biscuits are the natural pairing, not waffles.
Previously, my go-to restaurant for fried chicken in San Diego was BBQ Chicken, a Korean fried chicken franchise. Though it’s not like Southern fried chicken, I loved the crispy skin, and it fulfilled my cravings. Unfortunately, it has closed its location in SD, and now the closest one is in Irvine. Since then, S and I have been to Popeye’s a bit more frequently than I’d like to admit. Haha. Not that Popeye’s is bad, but I just wish that we had more fried chicken places than a fast food chain.
A while ago, I was searching on Yelp (rather desperately) for fried chicken, and Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Cafe turned up from the search. I bookmarked the place and have heard really good reviews of it from friends and fellow bloggers. It took a while for us to find the time to drive out to the Rolando neighborhood, though. But finally we made the visit.
I’ve never been to this neighborhood before, and I can’t say that it was the nicest part of SD. But the staff at the restaurant were very warm and welcoming – true Southern hospitality.
The decor of the place was very interesting. There were a lot of photos of Michael Jackson, and a lot of religious artwork/figurines, etc. There was also a shelf full of board games & card games (not pictured), I guess to keep diners occupied while waiting for food, haha.
The menu features fried chicken, fried seafood, barbecue, and finger foods. But I was there for one thing and one thing only.Let’s cut to the chase – the fried chicken was really good. The batter was really crispy, with lots of “nooks” for extra crunchiness. The chicken inside was very juicy and had nice flavors. I really liked that the flavor permeated through all the meat.