The best fried chicken in Portland!
Portland has always been a foodie destination, from donuts to ice creams, food carts to local breweries, and now I discovered the best fried chicken. I know it’s a big call, but I can confidently say the fried chicken at Screen Door restaurant in Portland is definitely one of the best fried chickens I’ve had in my entire life. Apart from fried chicken, the other dishes that we tried at Screen Door were just as ah-mazing! Authentic Southern cuisine on the northern part of America, who’d have thunk?
Praise the social media, there were millions of dining suggestions flooded in as soon as my followers found out that I was on the other side of the world, masticating my way through USA. It isn’t rocket science, fried chicken will always win me over and I was determined to pay Screen Door a visit. It was a Saturday night, and we managed to make a last minute booking for a late-dinner seating at 8.30pm. Albeit we arrived 10 minutes early, we still waited for another twenty minutes at the door before we got seated. It was that busy!
The dimly lit restaurant was buzzing with diners having one hell of a good time chowing down some hearty fare from the south, from South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine to soul food, Cajun and the Creole of New Orleans. The menu wasn’t huge, but there were plenty to choose from and I wish I could try them all. We also had been warned by the waitress that the portion of the fried chicken is huge, so best to share between the two of us with two sides to compliment the main.
Behold! The crispy fried buttermilk-battered chicken! It came with two behemoth boneless chicken pieces, deep fried to a glorious golden brown with ripples of crunchy batter that you just want to sunk your teeth into! When comes to fried chicken, I do prefer it with bones, it is all part of the enjoyment by eating it with two hands and gnawing on the bones. I always thought fried chicken with no bones are for lazy people but Screen Door proved me wrong. These giant pieces of fried chicken breasts were superbly tender and juicy from the buttermilk marination, the crunchy batter shattered on every bite leaving crumbs all over. And the best part, it had no bones made eating them a walk in the park by using our knives and forks. It came with sides of mashed potato in tasso ham gravy and collard greens, the Southern way.
We ordered two sides from the special menu of the evening. It was the last leg of our trip and by then we were craving for some greens like two ‘hangry’ caterpillars. As simple as the broccoli salad with spicy dressing may sound, it was just the perfect remedy for our veggie cravings. Another stand out dish was the thin sliced fried pork belly on a bed of kale salad with soft boiled egg on top. The pork belly was braised to a melting tender softness then deep fried to yield that crispy edges, a touch of richness of the runny yolk as we pierced through it, nicely rounded the whole dish with crunchy kale salad.
Throughout our trip in USA, The “sweet tooth” Pom was sad as we kept missing out on ordering desserts because we simply couldn’t fit it in after finishing the main courses, the portion size in US is just god damn huge!!! So, to order just one main and two small sides to share was a wise move as it left us some stomach space for dessert and we definitely weren’t disappointed. The Pom was very pleased with her Banoffee Pie as it wasn’t sickening sweet, a balanced layers of cream, banana and caramel sauce. A swirl of thick salted caramel sauce added that extra touch of decadence.
The Pecan Pie had my name written all over it. The buttery pastry was so short, it melts in the mouth together with a sticky sweet pecan filling. The pie was still warm from the oven, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top was just the perfect combo.
If you happened to be in Portland or planning a trip there, please make sure to put fried chicken at Screen Door on your “must eat” list. You can thank me later.
2337 East Burnside Street Portland, OR
Mon – Fri, Breakfast/lunch from 8am to 2pm, dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm
Sat – Sun, traditional blowout brunch 9am – 2.30pm, dinner 5.30 to 10pm (9pm on sunday)