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Golden Bird vs. Popeye's vs. Church's?

Tiplow Mar 14, 2007 10:34 AM

I just noticed a Golden Bird right off Crenshaw near Stocker; I have seen Church's on La Brea and Popeye's abound. I don't eat much fried chicken but every now and then I like to indulge myself. Which is the best of these 3 and why?


  1. stellamystar Apr 19, 2007 04:37 PM

    We don't have Golden Bird here in Chicago. It sounds good...
    Popeyes reigns supreme here - even over KFC. I like Popeyes okay...the chicken always seems "meatier" than any other chain.

    No church's chicken either - there were lots when I lived in KC, MO

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    1. re: stellamystar
      swsidejim Apr 20, 2007 12:00 PM

      there are about 15 Churches Fried Chicken places in Chicago, mostly on the west and south side.

      I have never had Golden Bird, but if I am going to have fast food fried chicken I will go to Popeyes. That is rare though, since the area I live in 70 miles Southwest of the chicago has a dozen or so mom & pop places that make some of the best fried chicken I have ever had.

      1. re: stellamystar
        lulubelle Apr 22, 2007 03:12 PM

        HAROLD'S CHICKEN SHACK! They just opened one in Rogers Park. To. Die. For.

        I like Browns too.

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        Ogawak Apr 19, 2007 02:51 PM

        I like Golden Bird even better than Roscoe's, let alone the 2 chains you mentioned. If you need a fried chicken fix, Golden Bird is your supplier.

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          justagthing Mar 15, 2007 01:15 AM

          How about Pioneer's. I know there is one off of florence near Downey. Is it the same as the good ol' days? Does anyone know of any other locations?

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          1. re: justagthing
            Oh Robin Mar 15, 2007 01:54 PM

            Went to that Pioneer about a year ago (on a quest mind you) and it was great. Same orange greasy chicken and fish I loved as a kid. I personally love Church's. I would probably go to Popeye's more if the service wasn't so slow. Love that rice. Church's rocks and it's much lower in fat and calories than Popeye's and KFC as I learned from www.dwlz.com.

          2. hch_nguyen Mar 14, 2007 10:35 PM

            I've never had Golden Bird, but of Church's, KFC, Popeye's, my money is on Popeye's. Church's really is gross to me and I've never understood why some people really like it. For me, if I'm craving fast fried chicken, it's Popeye's and their biscuits. I am curious about the Louisiana fried chicken that phan0omx brought up though.

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              phant0omx Mar 14, 2007 01:34 PM

              anybody ever try louisiana fried chicken? mainly seen in the south l.a. area.

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              1. re: phant0omx
                justagthing Mar 15, 2007 01:14 AM

                we've got a few in long beach, but haven't tried it yet. Also, odd because the newest location is with a chinese restaruant on redondo and anaheim

              2. monkuboy Mar 14, 2007 12:23 PM

                I've never had Church's, haven't eaten Popeye's for a long time, but Golden Bird is the best fried chicken I've ever eaten. When I used to live in that area I would go there all the time.. I haven't been to the one you mentioned for years and years, but they have licensed their receipe to Porky's in Inglewood and I've eaten there several times recently. The chicken is still as good as it ever was. Crunchy, tasty batter and really moist and tender chicken meat - even the breast. I hope the one in the Crenshaw area is still the same. Oh, and none of those wimpy little KFC or El Pollo Loco-sized pieces, these are nice, big pieces of chicken. They give you a full breast, not one of those half-sized things that the other places refer to as a chicken breast.

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                1. re: monkuboy
                  YumYumDeb Mar 15, 2007 05:51 PM

                  Def agree with Monkuboy - Golden Bird is sooo good! My piano teacher when I was a child used to live by one so on Saturday's after a LONG 5 hours of me and my Chinese sistren all had our lessons, my Mom would let us go get GB! yey! We used to chant "GOLD-EN BIRD! GOLD-EN BIRD!!" in the car on the way home ('cause you NEVER eat there). I've found in my adulthood, however, that I can only eat there 1-2x/year because it's suuuper fatty! Also, don't try to get the sides, IMO they are NOT good... stick with the chicken! Resist the urge to get sides or anything other than the chicken.

                  1. re: YumYumDeb
                    FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 04:03 PM

                    Golden Bird's chicken is still the bomb after all these years. My mother just went there 3/27/07 and they now offer sweet potatoe fries with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on them. I personally thought they were a little soggy but maybe thats because it was a 15 min drive home after buying them. In any case, the chicken is still great. I have never been a fan of Churches, there is one located on the corner of Jefferson and Western next to The House of Dimes (taco spot open since early 1960's at minimum) I don't care for Churches because on two separate occasions I bit into uncooked chicken which sqirted out red juice! My rating is as follows: 1) Golden Bird 2) Popeye's 3) Churches

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                  slacker Mar 14, 2007 12:20 PM

                  I've never tried Golden Bird. Church's is GROSS. I like Popeye's even though I feel like an oil bucket afterwards.

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                    B Minus Mar 14, 2007 10:53 AM

                    I haven tried Golden Bird, but Popeye's red reans and rice is made with magic beans.

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                    1. re: B Minus
                      a_and_w Mar 14, 2007 12:28 PM

                      Not mention the biscuits, which are layed by the golden goose of deliciousness.

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