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Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

Thank's to all the Chowhounder's who recommended Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken. My "honey" and I were in Culver City yesterday and I couldn't stop thinking about fried chicken and didn't have the address with me. I asked the cashier at Trader Joe's if he knew where it is and he did. We got to Honey's Kettle at 10:45 and the gentleman opened the door for us. He was very friendly and gracious. I had the 2 Piece Meal, breast and wing, biscuit and fries. BF had the Daily Special, 2 wings, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, biscuit and cole slaw. There was honey and a some kind of red sauce. I'm here to tell you, it was THE BEST fried chicken! Crisp, crunchy, moist, delicious. Everything was very good. The order took about 20min. Can't wait to go back.

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  1. The OWNER seems like a nice guy... but honestly, the girls at the counter are almost unanimously hostile.

    Honestly, I stopped going there because it was always unplesant.

    I sent a friend from Sweden there, just this week because he asked about fried chicken. He came back with a "horror story" about how he was treated and he didn't like the food.

    Also the Chicken has gone WAY downhill from when it opened.

    For me, the place is a big disappointment.

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    1. re: Shenzino

      I've never been treated badly there, but Honey's Kettle isn't my idea of truly great fried chicken. Chicken in a thick beer batter just isn't my idea of what fried chicken should be like. It's okay, but it's not homey. (It's also always been too greasy, like no one ever took the time to drain it.) All my black friends compare Honey's Kettle to Golden Bird (which I've never had), somewhat unfavorably. The biscuits are great, though.

      1. re: Woolsey

        I agree, their chicken doesn't appeal to me at all.

        1. re: Woolsey

          When you say your black friends compare Honey's Kettle to Golden Bird somewhat unfavorably, do you mean they think poorly of both, or Honey's compares unfavorably to Golden Bird? I've never had Honey's and based on how everyone slams the service, I don't think I ever will. But I've had Golden Bird many times and in my opinion, that stuff is da best, bar none. It makes Roscoes seem like eating a Swanson frozen dinner.

          1. re: monkuboy

            The latter - that Honey's Kettle compares unfavorably to Golden Bird. My friends are L.A. natives and, like you, quite fond of Golden Bird.

      2. the owner (older gentlemen) is soooooo nice and accomodating, i love it when he is there with his wife because the service is amazing........however, when the cat is away the mice are lazy, stupid and indifferent. i hate going there but the chicken keeps draws me back.

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        1. re: wilafur

          Does anyone know what the owner's schedule is? Maybe someone can post when he's at work, and then people who like the food but hate the service can drop by...

        2. I also went to Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken this past weekend because of Chowhound recommendations and I wasn't disappointed! I prepared myself for the bad service (which wasn't TOO bad), ordered the 4-piece dinner meal, and the food came out pretty fast! The bisquit was really, really good, and the fried chicken was wonderfully crispy. I couldn't move after eating all that food, but I'll definitely be going back!

          1. I'm also in the "won't go back due to bad service" camp. The chicken was pretty good, but not stellar in my opinion (then again, I did live in Atlanta for a decade before moving out here...) The experience that was the final straw is when we walked up to the counter to order, the cashier glanced up at us, and then proceeded to spend literally half a minute finishing her text message on her cell phone before saying a word to us.

            When I'm in CC, I head a couple doors down to Tender Greens... now THAT's good eatin'!

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            1. re: Dav

              I agree with everyone about the bad service. When I wrote about the 1st time we were there and enjoyed the chicken, I was so enthusiastic, I did forget to mention the strange person behind the cash register with the blank stare. She overcharged us $18.00. We told the owner/manager and he straighted it/her out graciously and quickly.

            2. My kids, who think KFC is just fine, can't stand Honey's. Nor can I. It's a shame too because we live walking distance away and used to like Smitty's before it went into the crapper. As far a Honey's chicken, there's a metallic aftertaste that I'm sure comes from whatever foul chemical concotion is used to brine the chicken. It's something I may be extra sensitive to the same way that I fine the taste of high fructose corn syrup objectionable.

              It's cheaper, better and easier to go to Albertson's or Pavillions for fried chicken.

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              1. re: KayZee

                I go pretty regularly to Albertson's, and while the chicken is good, it's not in the same league as Honey's Kettle, imo. The brining makes a big difference -- the meat is often too dry for my taste at Albertson's. I haven't tasted the metallic aftertaste you describe at HK, but would suspect that comes from the copper kettle, not the brining. That said, service is every bit as slow as people suggest. I always have to wait -- even when I call ahead and the place isn't busy.

                PS: Is there Popeye's in LA? Much better than KFC, imo.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Popeye's is indeed in L.A. Off the top of my head, there's one on Hollywood Boulevard, maybe a block east or west of Cahuenga, and one at the corner of Figueroa and Adams. I'm sure there are more.

                  1. re: Woolsey

                    North Lake in Pasadena, almost across the street from Roscoe's...which is next to a KFC! Anybody want to come do a chicken tasting?

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      Then head down to Pollo Campero...

                  2. re: a_and_w

                    Popeye's is usually great, unless it has sat for too long!


                    1. re: a_and_w

                      There's one next to CVS on Hollywood Way in Burbank.

                      1. re: a_and_w

                        Well, since we're talking about what is better, I think Louisianna Fried Chicken is the best fried chicken on the planet, if you like your fried chicken a little spicy. They have one located in Pasadena as well, on North Lake, above Washington Blvd. It beats Popeye's hands down! I'm getting hungry now just thinking about it. :-D

                    2. Another tip if you want to pick up an order, the DON'T make your food at all in advance even if you way when you're going to be there. Be prepared for them to START the food when you get there. I'm not sure why they even have call-ahead when this is how they operate it, but oh well. I also agree about the bad service, there's something very off-putting about the counter girls, I thought I was the only who was so disgusted by their rude attitude that I stopped going. The very short girl is the worst! Almost every time I went there I ended up changing my order because she was so unwilling to communicate or actually focus on doing her job. It's a real shame, too.

                      P.S. I know the owner is there during the weekdays, and I have read he is definitely not there on Sundays. Sat's I'm not so sure about.

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                      1. re: roasted138

                        Well, I had posted a topic about Honey's Kettle. I received different responses, like those above. Weekly, I order food for our office, and I decided to throw caution to the wind and make this large order my first try with this establishment, and just make a really big order (about 70 people) from Honey's Kettle, last Thursday, for a Friday morning pick up.

                        I mainly, only dealt with Vincent, whom I guess was the owner. He was very friendly and helpful to me. Now, about the food:

                        *Biscuits - pretty much the most decadent restaurant biscuits I've ever run into in L.A. They taste like they already had butter and honey on them, though you also get more of both.
                        *Chicken - Admittedly, I am more used to a crumb-like or breadey breading, but I have to say, I did like the breading. And every piece of chicken that I had, was nice and moist. And mind you, I had an order of about 160 pieces, that I did not even taste until I brought the chicken back to Santa Monica.
                        *Catfish - This was equally good, and as well as tartar, they offfered a piquant and spicy dip, that I preferred.
                        *Hush Puppies: These were satisfying, but did not hold up as well, for the drive back to the office. Perfectly acceptable, but I bet they are much better hot and fresh.
                        *Salads: I find personally, that about 95% of all mac, potato salads and cole slaws are not worth even eating. None of these were the best I've had, but they were all good, and therefore better than most. And to consider they did all three well, says something.

                      2. I know this post is old but I went there today and I couldn't believe the hostility! WOW. I am flabbergasted. The girl behind the counter was literally pushing the food at people, with two hands, just like you'd push someone in the back. The food was ok, but for the money and hostility they won't be seeing me again. To top it all off, the girl got my order wrong and when I mentioned it she acted annoyed, fixed it, threw it at me LITERALLY and then when I got home it was an 8 meal with about six thighs and two breasts. I heard her telling the guy they need more chicken, they ran out and she couldn't bother to tell me I was getting six damn thighs. She didn't have the courtesy to say sorry or nothing!

                        I called and complained! I was so pissed. They must hear complaints all day. I'm tempted to go back and ask them why they are so hostile.

                        Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
                        9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                        honey kettle
                        Culver City, Culver City, CA

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                        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                          That's why everyone goes to the Compton location.

                          Cheaper, faster, friendlier, fresher.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            Agree with everyone on the general poor service, fortunately last few times I've been there it has been competent. The chicken though is soooo good, I especially love it with the honey and sour spicy sauce mixed together.

                            I will have to check out their original Compton location, drove by it the last time I hit Bludsoe's.

                            1. re: Sgee

                              While you're in Compton, don't forget the 3rd prong: Mom's Burger.

                              You can have some of the best rib tips, burger, AND fried chix in LA all within 30min of each other.

                              Mom's Burgers
                              336 W Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90220

                            2. re: TonyC

                              Agreed. The Compton location is much better. Tho the last time I was at the Culver City one, the service seemed much better