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Pioneer Fried Chicken

How many of you remember Pioneer Fried Chicken with it's orange color theme and the mascot, "Pioneer Pete" (????).

Are there any still around?

It was better than KFC (imho) due to it's crispy flavorful crust and juicy chicken. KFC always seemed soggy to me.

Blast from the past?

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  1. I remember Pioneer - their orange breading/crust always gave me indigestion, but I'd keep coming back for more. Don't know if there is a Pioneer Chicken any more, but if you're looking for better fast food chicken, there's always Popeye's.

    1. As a kid I loved Pioneer chicken! My parents hated the breading/crust so even though there was one right by our house I very rarely had it...making me love it even more(it was always a "special treat" when they were going out I had a babysitter...either Pioneer chicken or a TV dinner!).

      Gosh...I haven't thought about that in about 30 years! What a memory you've brought back!

      1. They still have a few in Los Angeles. Didn't realize it was part of a larger chain! There's one right near my house, but always thought it looked too ghetto to try. Maybe I'll have to give it a shot!

        1. Yes I believe there is one in the silverlake area of los angeles, but if my memory serves me correctly it was the greasist chicken ive ever had.

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          1. According to this post, there are still quite a few locations in Southern California



            Pioneer Chicken [Bell Gardens
            ]6323 E. Florence

            Pioneer Chicken [Boyle Heights]
            904 S. Soto St.

            Pioneer Chicken [Echo Park]
            1321 Echo Park Ave
            (213) 481-1232

            Pioneer Chicken [Miracle Mile]
            5970 West Olympic Blvd
            (323) 954-0454

            Pioneer Chicken [Silver Lake]
            4376 West Sunset Blvd
            (323) 663-2441

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Great Post. At the corner of Olympic Blvd and San Vicente Blvd. look for the same old sign with Pioneer Pete. Try the fried chicken wings. IMO they beat out Roscoe’s and Pann’s. As for the breast and thighs they may be a little too greasy, as in running down your wrist to your elbow. Get five of those large wings with that golden Pioneer batter and several jalapenos and you are in fried chicken bliss. I do it at least once a month and be I thinkin bout it until I do it again.

              Pioneer Chicken [Miracle Mile]
              5970 West Olympic Blvd
              (323) 954-0454

            2. Pioneer was an LA Chain?

              Darn... I thought it was a local chain from the SF Bay Area... living in high regard in my long-term memory with Doggie Diner.

              I don't think I'll get a chance to try it again... Don't want to ruin those childhood memories. Besides... I'm hooked on Popeye's now.

              That's the funny thing about Pioneer. People either loved it or thought it was the greasiest chicken they've ever had. I just viewed the greasiness as juicy! :-)

              1. i've had rotissere chicken from Pioneer (echo park bl.) several times and it has always been satisfactory. actually, i didn't know it was known for fried chicken until now. the roti chick comes with tortillas and pico de gallo. i actually had a really good cheeseburger from pioneer recently, too, but since it doesn't seem like the type of thing they serve frequently i bet it's not consistent.

                1. That is crazy that you mention this. I was with by Bro-inlaw in LA, the near MAgic Mountain, and I commented that I have not seen a Pioneer Chicken in a long time. I remember how good it was.

                  1. I sought out the Pioneer on Florence and it's the exact same as my childhood. Worker couldn't figure out why I was so excited. Love that golden orange chicken and fish.

                    1. Just updating; both the Echo Park and "Silver Lake" locations mentioned above are out of business as of this date. Don't know about the others. I had just gone to Silver Lake only 2 weeks ago. It's surrounded by chain-link fence with no signage regarding contact or otherwise. A sad day for Pioneer-a-philes but there's no shortage of places for fried chicken in this town. Had I know it would've been my last Pioneer meal I would've eaten a whole eight pieces in homage. Oh well.

                      On a related note: Amber's in SFV also closed this year (I HATE this recession). I've tried all the other broasted chicken joints on the Broaster so. Cal. list since--don't waste yr time or $$. Nothing compares.