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Who has the best fried chicken in Palms??

hch_nguyen Apr 23, 2007 12:35 PM

My sister was in town yesterday and just HAD to have fried chicken. I hardly ever eat fried chicken although I do like it. I don't think I've ever had fried chicken in L.A. (except at Roscoe's). Anyhoo, it was fairly late for dinner time and I didn't feel like venturing far, so I roamed Sepulveda a bit, and all we could find was a KFC. I despise KFC and decided to forego. She went for it though and regretted every bit of it afterwards. So, how about it??? Is there some place around 90034 that would've been even marginally better than KFC?

I've heard about Golden Bird and M & M Soul food, but I want some place a little more local neighborhood.

  1. tony michaels Apr 23, 2007 12:37 PM

    While there have been some mixed reports on the board about it you might want to give Honey's Kettle in Culver City a try.

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      zinFAN Apr 23, 2007 04:26 PM

      I second Honey Kettle!

      Perfectly deep-fried birds that aren't dripping with oil. The only sore spot is the lackadaisical and/or surly attitude of the counter help.

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      Scotty Apr 23, 2007 12:38 PM

      Isn't there an Albertsons nearby? GREAT FC!

      1. PaulF Apr 23, 2007 12:40 PM

        There is a place called Smitty's at the Culver Boulevard/Venice intersection that has excellent fried foods of many varieties. Chicken, fish, shrimp -- you name it.

        The KFC in Palms is at Centinela and Washington Place (I think). It's a mile or two east in the Wendy's parking lot across Venice from Office Max.

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          Iateitup Apr 23, 2007 12:44 PM

          I'm partial to the barbeque and buffalo snackers at KFC, 99 cents each, reminiscent of a nice duck confit I had in a village near Avignon in '66.

        2. hrhboo Apr 23, 2007 12:50 PM

          Not Palms, but I have had truly delicious fried chicken at Aunt Kizzy's Back Porch in the Marina. They can be hit or miss...if you get it fresh out of the fryer you won't be disappointed!

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            emilymm Apr 23, 2007 08:54 PM

            Aunt Kizzy's has gone down hill in the past few years. I would definitely not recommend that.

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              hrhboo Apr 23, 2007 10:03 PM

              I had a great meal there a couple of weeks ago. I didn't try any of their other mains, but the fried chicken was superb.

          2. Eat_Nopal Apr 23, 2007 12:56 PM

            Anybody ever heard of Dinah's?

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              earl1971 Apr 23, 2007 03:45 PM

              I second Honey Kettle Fried Chicken! I had 2 biscuits and their salad once when I didn't want to have food coma at work and it was perfect!

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                Densible Apr 23, 2007 04:06 PM

                Dinah's on Sepulveda and Centinela? It's nostalgic fried chicken and very popular-never had it though. Honey Kettle is good though.

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                  cagey Apr 24, 2007 06:39 AM

                  Was better in the past. Somewhat disappointing now. (And the spinning bucket sign held so much promise!)

                  I'd stick with Honey's Kettle in C.C.

                2. Dyspepsia Apr 23, 2007 04:43 PM

                  I think Dinah's has mediocre chicken. For the best old style coffee shop atmosphere with really good fried chicken, try Pann's in Westchester -it's closer to Palms than you might think and worth it.

                  Pann's
                  6710 La Tijera Blvd.
                  Westchester

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                    JeetJet Apr 23, 2007 10:00 PM

                    For fried chicken Going to Pann's is closer to SGV than you might think.

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                      Dyspepsia Apr 23, 2007 11:10 PM

                      I'm not sure what the above comment is referring to. Pann's in Westchester is exactly 4.6 miles from Palms. Too far?

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                        JeetJet Apr 24, 2007 12:09 AM

                        Too far? No. What I am saying is For fried chicken Going to Pann's is closer to SGV than you might think. 28 miles from SGV. Not too far when you live to eat! In Texas you might even rate the Fried Chicken at Pann's as being worth a 100 mile drive. Not far at all.

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                          hch_nguyen Apr 24, 2007 06:07 AM

                          Hmm...I'm not sure I understand the SGV reference either because I live in Palms/Culver City. I guess what you're saying is that for Pann's even SGV would not be considered too far...or Texas for that matter....I am from Texas, but it would make more sense if I lived in SGV. :D

                          Anyway, thanks to both of you for the suggestions on Pann's!

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                            tony michaels Apr 24, 2007 06:40 AM

                            And just remember, it you do go up to Pann's get the wing's dinner. Or the wings and waffle combo. Not that their other chicken is bad, it's just that the wings are so good.

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                              JeetJet Apr 24, 2007 08:44 AM

                              Wings Good! Maybe that will be understood.

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                      Eat_Nopal Apr 24, 2007 12:46 AM

                      I've had very good Dinah's almost comparable to what I have eaten in Atlanta. On what do you base its mediocrity?

                    3. wilafur Apr 23, 2007 05:06 PM

                      in palms? well, the western bbq smokehouse, on overland a few blocks north of palms (woodbine??) on the east side of the street. their bbq sucks but their fried chicken's pretty good.

                      otherwise, i would listen to the reast of the CH'ers and hit up honey's kettle in culver city which is a hop, skip & jump from palms.

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                        PayOrPlay Apr 23, 2007 06:50 PM

                        Other folks have already covered the more traditional fried chickens in the area, but here are some other more lateral ideas, not exactly what you had in mind but worth thinking about:

                        The two Indonesian places on National Blvd., Simpang Asia and Indo Cafe, both have Indonesian-style fried chicken with a variety of sauces and approaches.

                        Hu's Szechwan has several good dishes with fried chicken, most notably the Cheng Pi Chicken with spicy orange sauce.

                        In the same vein Hop Li on Pico can turn out a decent plate of deep fried chicken--not the greatest but certainly better than the Colonel's.

                        Blue Marlin on Sawtelle offers a pretty good chicken katsu. Curry House and Hurry Curry may as well, although it's been a while since I've been to either.

                        And this wouldn't have helped you with your late-dinner quest, but I do want to mention that John O'Groats makes an excellent pan-fried chicken sandwich, flavorful, juicy, and substantial. When they were open for dinner they also made excellent fried chicken which was some of the best around (it was also part of their combo fish-shrimp-chicken-and-chips platter); but I don't think it's available anymore (although I am told that, with enough advance notice, they might still make some of their old dinner offerings for catering/take-out.)

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                          Jeryy Apr 24, 2007 12:08 AM

                          Honey's Kettle is terriffic, but here's an odd suggestion - there's a steam-table little Chinese takeout place called Chinatown Express on the SW corner of Lincoln and Rose. They have very good but standard issue "Louisiana Fried Chicken" but they also make a spicy salt and pepper fried chicken that's to die for - when it's fresh and hot. And to die from when it's not.

                          Also Hop Woo on Olympic and Sepulveda.

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                            hch_nguyen Apr 24, 2007 06:05 AM

                            mmmm....I love Asian-style salt and pepper fried chicken, especially the wings!

                        2. hch_nguyen Apr 24, 2007 06:19 AM

                          Thanks to everyone for their input as to the standard choices in the area as well as the more creative suggestions! Sometimes you feel like eating outside the box and other times you don't....

                          I thought of Honey's Kettle that night, but I also remembered reading that their service leaves a lot to be desired. I wasn't in the mood to put up with any of that especially because I wasn't the one jonesing for fried chicken. It was past my usual dinner time on Sunday night and I knew I had to go to work and school the next morning. Originally we intended to grab a quick sushi bite at Mika on Olympic and Sepulveda, and they were closed for some reason even though their menu stated 1-9:30pm on Sundays, so I was already on the slightly peeved side. I wish I had remembered about Albertson's. I recall reading somewhere here that they had tasty FC. I just wanted to get in and out that night and that sounds like it might've done the trick.

                          Thanks, everyone! I'll keep this post as a reference. Next time I know where to go...although I doubt my sister will be craving FC anytime soon....

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                            jenjunum Apr 24, 2007 02:53 PM

                            Johnnies Pastrami actually has some really good fried chicken. I got it once when I wasn't in the mood for a big meat sandwich and now that's what I usually stick to when I go there. Nice crust and moist chicken.

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