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A fried chicken sandwich at Flybird

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Flybird Lands Downtown With Fried Chicken Sandwiches Galore

It’s open now from the folks behind Sababa

SFO may still be reeling from delays, but fried chicken sandwiches are cleared for takeoff at Flybird, an aviation-themed fast-casual restaurant that opened downtown today. The new shop comes from Guy Eshel, the chef behind popular downtown Mediterranean spot Sababa, and partner Jay Roberts, a fellow alum of now-closed restaurant AQ. Their menu is focused on a variety of fried chicken sandwiches and salads (with optional sliced fried chicken on top) — and the timing for their product couldn’t be better, if the Popeye’s chicken sandwich craze is any indication.

Flybird’s main offering is a “classic” chicken sandwich ($12) with a flattened, cutlet style piece of chicken from Springer Mountain Farms. It’s topped with homemade bread and butter pickles and ranch slaw on a Boudin Bakery bun. A spicy version is available glazed with buffalo sauce, and fried again with the addition of “first class sauce,” a take on southern-style comeback sauce. Spinoffs include a “Mexico City” (with black bean avocado, little gem, pickled radish, cotija cheese, and chipotle aioli) and the “med” with hummus, tomato, little gem, brine pickles, za’atar, and tahini sauce). Customers can substitute a fried sweet potato for chicken (a dollar less). The whole menu is here.

At 35 Kearny Street on the corner of Maiden Lane, Flybird is built for speed and efficiency. Customers can order on tablets to zip through the lunch rush, and delivery is down the runway, as are breakfast options and a beer and wine license.

Outside Flybird at the corner of Maiden Lane
Outside Flybird at the corner of Maiden Lane
Inside the Flybird space
Flybird, from the chef at Sababa, is focused on chicken sandwiches with an international bent
Menus and ordering tablets at Flybird
Menus and ordering tablets at Flybird
Some seating in the corner space at Flybird
Some seating in the corner space at Flybird
A look at the Flybird dining room
Posters at Flybird invoke the heyday of aviation
Seating on stools at Flybird
Looking out onto Kearny Street
Another angle on the Flybird dining room space
Flybird is built for speed with to-go options a priority
The Mexico City sandwich at Flybird
The Mexico City sandwich at Flybird
Jalisco chopped salad with chicken
Jalisco chopped salad with chicken
Another view on the dining room at Flybird
Another view on the dining room at Flybird
The sign for Flybird

Flybird

35 Kearny Street, , CA 94108 (415) 872-9292 Visit Website
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