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The fried chicken sandwich with a claw

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At first glance the fried chicken sandwich from Birdbox in San Francisco is the stuff of nightmares. But that jutting fried chicken foot has something to teach you.

The first time we came across an image of chef Chris Bleidorn's fried chicken sandwich from Birdbox in San Francisco, that is all we could see.

This creepy-looking sandwich, complete with claw, exists because Bleidorn loves poultry.

Bleidorn's two-year-old Michelin-starred restaurant, Birdsong, had to shut down in March due to Covid-19, but thankfully he and his team of ambitious chefs were already at work on a fried chicken takeout concept.

This is not your standard fast-food-wars chicken sandwich, though people in San Francisco are clamoring to try it and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #claudetheclaw.

Bleidorn's frustration with how we consume poultry is directly related to the claw staying on his fried chicken sandwich, which comes with assembly instructions and happens to also be extremely delicious and instantly addictive.

The claw is Bleidorn and company dropping some knowledge on an unsuspecting populace who have literally no idea where their food comes from, or how it's raised or grown.

Not thinking that 24 wings comes from 12 chickens. "

and people know it's a Birdbox sandwich," Bleidorn says.

The chickens that go into that sandwich probably eat better than any of us.

When Birdbox debuted #claudetheclaw, Bleidorn had this to say: "Head on, feet on is the most accurate indication of quality a consumer can reference.

For them, "it's about how fast we can grow these chickens, how much money can we make off each bird and how heavy can we get them," he says.

The passion with which Bleidorn speaks of this sandwich and the claw is infectious, and his philosophy does make you think.

"It's ironic that people are scared of the claw," Bleidorn says, "They say 'cut it off,' but what they should really be scared of is a chicken sold without the claw. "

Bleidorn continues, "What the claw means to us -- it's a standard of the type of chicken we sell at Birdbox. "

For now, the hope is that the people of San Francisco -- and hopefully visitors, too -- will order and savor the Birdbox fried chicken sandwich and relish the context as well as the flavor.

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