By Kathy Chouteau
The Standard’s recently launched series, “A Few of My Favorite Things” takes a quick look at some of this reporter’s top local treasures—be they food, drink, places or faces—from Richmond and beyond. Up this week: The Artisan Café’s Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich.
Sometimes you come across a dish that, from your first bite, instantly becomes one of your all-time faves. The Artisan Café’s Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich is undoubtedly that dish for me.
I first encountered the gourmet sandwich several years ago when my then-boss treated me to a birthday lunch from the Richmond/Marina Bay eatery and I gave it a go. Ever since that first bite, it’s suffice to say we’ve had a steady culinary relationship. The Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich’s tasty brilliance lies within its fresh and flavorful ingredients that are lovingly curated by the Café’s talented Chef and Founder Liane Ingham.
The standout-sandwich consists of a juicy and flavorful chicken breast dipped in buttermilk, wrapped in warm, breaded crispiness and topped with chipotle coleslaw that has an ever-so-slight pinch of spiciness. Ingham said of the process that the Café uses its “own blend of panko [and] breadcrumbs with herbs,” adding that they next “quickly fry it to seal all the flavors, then finish it off in the oven to crisp [it] up.”
All of this deliciousness is served up on a soft Semifreddi Panini roll that encapsulates the ingredients perfectly without fighting against them. “With the crispy chicken and the succulent slaw it’s a perfect combination,” said Ingham of the sandwich’s final presentation. Think: Richmond’s incarnation of an elevated po boy.
Café patrons can order the Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich—one of its most popular offerings—from the menu solo for $12.95, or opt to have it as a box lunch with chips and a delectable cookie for $17.25.
Since that first bite, I’ve learned you can’t go wrong ordering anything from the eatery’s menu, as Ingham is a singularly talented chef who uses only the freshest ingredients in her dishes. You can visit the charming European-style Café—with indoor/outdoor seating—in person, order pickup or get delivery from Doordash or Grubhub.
The Artisan Café is located at 865 Marina Bay Pkwy., #33, in Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood. Lunch—which features the Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich on the menu—is served at the Café Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner is served Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. Check out the menu here and learn more about the Café here.