Berkeley restaurants

Bay Area’s first Raising Cane opens this week

Tired of fried chicken? I did not mean it. What is widely hailed as the crispiest, swoon-worthy fried chicken fingers in the country is making its Bay Area debut this week.

Raising Cane’s, the Louisiana-based chicken chain — yes, the chain — is opening its first Northern California location this Thursday at 8430 Edgewater Drive in Oakland.

Located less than two miles from Oakland International Airport, Raising Cane’s will offer combo dishes of marinated, hand-beaten, cooked-to-order chicken tenderloins and Pepper Cane Sauce through its mobile app, Drive-Thru , take-out and dinner from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday to Wednesday and until 3:30 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

In honor of the grand opening, the restaurant will be holding a raffle to reward 20 customers ages 13 and older free Raising Cane’s for one year. Raising Cane’s will accept entries between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on July 14 and announce the winners at 8 a.m. The “Caniacs” must be present to win. On Thursday, the first 100 customers to order a combo meal will also receive a commemorative Cane t-shirt and The Box Combo gift card to use on their next visit.

Raising Cane’s has opened more than 700 restaurants since its beginning in 1996. The Oakland spot marks the 72nd Raising Cane’s in California, including locations in Vacaville, Stockton and Elk Grove. Following the Oakland opening, two more Bay Area locations are scheduled to open this year in Berkeley and Hayward.

In addition to chicken, Raising Cane’s is known for its crinkle fries, buttery Texan toast, sweet tea, and lemonade.