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The parental units are coming back from Aviara up the 405 and want fried chicken for dinner back in L.A. (A bit incongruous, admittedly.)

Not Ivy, not Harold & Belle's, not Aunt Kizzy's, no fastfood, no Roscoe's.

I'd very much appreciate recommendations w/phone #'s if possible!
Thanks. -- Jordan

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  1. Try MEMPHIS -- only thing really worth getting there.

    (323) 465-8600

    1. There is a new fried chicken place in Culver City called Honey's that is really good with excellent biscuits and it seems to travel well for take out.

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      1. re: ellasmama

        Agreed - Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken is excellent. Reminds me of Golden Bird chicken during its heyday.

        1. re: ellasmama

          Honeys Kettle is not new, and it's HORRIBLE. No flavor at all, only grease. Service is bad too. But those biscuits are tasty.

          1. re: slacker

            i actually like the fried chicken at honey's kettle but i totally agree on the other 2 pts....their biscuits are delish and the service is atrocious!

        2. Awk! You may have to go to Cynthia's.

          1. I had the best fried chicken of my entire life last night at the Torrance Musha outpost. Granted, it ain't cheap, but it's amazing.

            1. Sister had the fried chicken at OBar last week, and said it was very good, but the batter was unexpectedly spicy. OBar's on Santa Monica Blvd., between La Cienega & Crescent Heights, in WeHo.

              1. The best to me comes from the restaurant at Knotts Berry farm!!! Not exactly up the 405 tho.


                1. cynthias is crap: no skin, no drum sticks, just breaded breast...
                  memphis worse than kfc and ripoff
                  roscoes not bad last time I was there (juicy and crispy)
                  maurice's snack and chat on pico best tasting (fried by hand in skillet) but a bit of a pain/call ahead and pick up...
                  heck, im really not above kfc extra crispy or popeyes which is much better than most "gourmet" fried chicken...

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                  1. re: jessejames

                    Yes, Maurice's! (and their candied yams...mmmm.)

                  2. the kitchen on 43rd street in leimert park has excellent fried chicken and lovely sweet tea.

                    1. Pann's, which is by LAX, or how about Conrad's? I know there's one in Pasadena, and one in Glendale, maybe there's others?

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                      1. re: cjla

                        Another poster recently mentioned that Conrad's chicken was pretty good. I'm a huge fan of Pann's, too, as everyone probably knows by now - I introduced a friend from up north to their wings, and he was stunned by both their deliciousness and their size.

                        The Pasadena Conrad's is on North Lake, just a block south of the 210. Pann's is at the confluence of La Cienega, La Tijera and Centinela on the border of Culver City and Inglewood.

                      2. Suprised nobody has mentioned Flossie's yet.

                        For jcwla's parents, it's even close to the 405. Be aware that there's no exit for Redondo Beach Blvd in the northbound direction.

                        3566 Redondo Beach Blvd
                        (in a strip mall on the corner of Yukon)
                        Torrance, CA

                        1. Engine CO 28, downtown LA

                          1. thx all, they ended up going to a "hole in the wall mexican, something about oaxaca?"

                            1. Maurice's Snack n' Chat on Pico. Take-out only. Call ahead. On Sundays she does a baked chicken dinner w/ sides, roll and dessert. Keep in mind she's 80-plus and starts cooking your order when you order it. Be patient. She's an L.A. insitution.

                              Maurice Snack N Chat
                              5068 W. Pico Blvd.

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                              1. re: okayjackson

                                Try Soul Folks, great food including the chicken but they were pretty slow out the kitchen back when they were on Tracton Ave. I hear they've moved to the South Bay but I'm not sure where.

                                1. re: okayjackson

                                  Is it still open? And if so, on a daily basis?

                                2. Porky's BBQ in Inglewood.

                                  They serve Golden Bird and it is the best I have had since Mom's!

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                                  1. re: Wes

                                    The Golden Bird chicken at Porky's is the best fried chicken I've had in awhile. On Manchester not far off the 405 (near the forum.)

                                    801 E MANCHESTER BL
                                    INGLEWOOD CA 90301

                                    But not sure what it is about you list of "nos" that you are trying to avoid, so perhaps this isn't what you want either.

                                    1. re: Capybara

                                      The Fried Chicken at Porky's BBQ is GREAT!!!

                                      Check out Porky's BBQ menu at its web site:


                                      1. re: Norm Man

                                        It's not bad, and neither is the bbq menu. But the service is agonizingly slow.

                                        1. re: broncosaurus

                                          I've been a couple of times lately, and the service certainly hasn't been agonizingly slow. Not slow at all, except perhaps by Taco Bell standards. (Unlike Honey's Kettle). Maybe you hit them on a bad day, or things have improved. (I'm talking about the one in Inglewood.)

                                          1. re: Capybara

                                            I believe that the Inglewood location is now the ONLY location.

                                  2. johnny rebs, either in bellflower or long beach. their fried foods are far superior to their bbq.

                                    1. for a nicer sit-down meal my friend keeps raving about the fried chicken at
                                      the Brentwood bar and grill on barrington

                                      1. Even though this is an old thread, I can't believe no one mentioned Dinah's chicken. (The one in Glendale. I think the one in Culver City is related, but not sure of the link.)

                                        It's a small joint, but you can definitely eat there, though their best deals are take out.

                                        Dinah's Fried Chicken
                                        4106 San Fernando Rd # A
                                        Glendale, CA 91204
                                        (818) 244-4188

                                        1. Dinah's has gone WAY down hill in the past few years.

                                          I would suggest trying it before the parents get here.

                                          1. I would try Chef Marilynn's. Just had it last night. True southern fried chicken. Be prepared for a line. It's on the corner of Crenshaw and Adams. Great stuff! You can also call in. She does a lot of catering and phone orders. Good luck!

                                            1. Just read on Eater LA that Cynthia is GONE. Has been since summer...True??

                                              1. the kitchen on 43rd (i believe is the name) - in leimert park right around the corner from the world cafe jazz house. crackin good fried chicken!

                                                1. Lighter than the standard American version, but for me it's hard to top Furaibo's take on fried chicken. Yes, their wings are amazing, but they pretty much nail it all the way around.