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Fried Chicken on the west side

So we are craving fried chicken at work. Where is the best Fried Chicken place on the west side? Preferably Venice/MDR/Culver City area

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  1. honey's kettle in culver city.

    great chicken but lousy service.

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    1. re: wilafur

      HONEY'S KETTLE, definitely. A moist, lighter, less greasy but, equally flavorful version of GOLDEN BIRD. Crust is unbelievably crunchy with just a tinge of sweetness. Call me fortunate but, in four visits, I've not experienced the bad service I'd both heard from colleagues and read about on these boards.

      1. re: wilafur

        I may be late to this party, but believe it or not, the fried chicken sandwich at the Palomar Hotel in Westwood is FANTASTIC. It's $10 and if you let them know you are a "local" you get 16% off your check! It's a massive sandwich, with delicious cabbage slaw on it along with Tabasco aioli.

        1. re: leastacy

          Sounds like the fried chicken sammy at Son of a Gun.

          1. re: kevin

            Ignore my ode to the sandwich at blvd. 16. I just craved it again, and called to make sure it was still available. Sadly they have replaced it with a chicken club. Wah Wah....

            1. re: leastacy

              The version at Son of a Gun is pretty damn great http://www.latimes.com/features/food/... One other site with lots of great SofaG food photos here: http://lagroveliving.com/2012/04/son-...

              1. re: Servorg

                The version at Plan Check was great; albeit a bit heavy.

                1. re: Thor123

                  While I like the one at PC I think Sofa G's is clearly superior.

      2. odly enough if its for work I would try an albertsons. as long as it fresh its pretty good and good value. The one in MDR near Costco has it fresh often..

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        1. re: Foodandwine

          Had some that was freshly fried from Albertsons last night. Super tasty!

        2. Dinah's is pretty good too. I've only eaten in though, I don't know how it holds up for takeout.

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          1. re: chowbee

            I prefer the crispy chicken compared to soggy chicken . Perhaps thats why I dislike Dianahs. I heard that the wings are good at Panns, but personally never had them..

            1. re: chowbee

              I was really let down by Dinah's. The chicken had no flavor, the "breading" was soggy and tasted of old oil. It just took me back to bad HS cafeteria food.

              I LOVE the chicken at Ralphs grocery store. It is salty and crunchy and moist. Just make sure you don't get there too late or the heat lamps just kill that moistness. IMHO it is much better than Albertsons.

              1. re: chowbee


                Honeys Kettle was too greasy for me.

                1. re: jackattack

                  Ohh, Aunt Kizzy's is close, that might be the one

                  1. re: mattyshack

                    Their chicken is excellent when it's fresh out of the fryer, less so when it's been under the heat lamp for a while. You could call ahead and ask for a fresh batch. It's still my favorite fried chicken in the area!

                2. Have you tried Smitty's at Venice and Culver? It's in the same strip mall/shopping center as a Wendy's and Golden China. Pretty good fried chicken and fried fish too.

                  1. My SO swears by the fried chicken at the Library Alehouse.

                    1. Pann's

                      Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
                      6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

                      1. This is another vote for market (Albertsons etc) chicken. Once Smitty's changed hands about 5 years and I had inedibly dry chicken four times in a row I gave up. Waited excitedly for what seemed like years for Honey's to open up. After eating there about 6 times gave up on that one too. Awful service and awful chicken. Even my two kids who love fried chicken and don't complain about KFC don't want to go there. My complaint is that it's too wet and has a chemically aftertaste both of which I'm pretty sure are from the chemicals used to brine the chicken.

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                        1. re: KayZee

                          Echoing the dissent on Honey Kettle's. What, there's flavor in that chicken?

                          1. re: slacker

                            Don't laugh, but the little steam table Chinese place on the SW corner of Rose and Lincoln also serves excellent fried chicken - I think it's called Louisiana Fried Chicken. It's close, it's good. 'Give it a try. A few tables, but it's better for take out. And they deliver - once you go find the name.

                            1. re: Jeryy

                              I know I'm responding to an old post here, but that place you're talking about is actually really good for what it is! The chicken isn't bad at all, and the teriyaki chicken and bbq pork from the steam tables are both simply grilled and glazed and are quite tasty.

                              1. re: Jeryy

                                I'm not laughing. The Cambodian run Louisiana (which was knocked down to make a Chase bank branch on the NE corner of Santa Monica & La Brea) had wonderful fried chicken.

                                Not westside, but I do like the fried chicken at Astroburger on Santa Monica Blvd.

                                Mr Taster

                              2. re: slacker

                                Another echo here! That chemical taste KayZee mentions is very overpowering.

                                1. re: hrhboo

                                  dang, i've never experienced the chemically taste. will have to tune my taste buds in for that the next time i try their chicken.

                                  1. re: wilafur

                                    Me neither -- love Honey's Kettle. I wonder if this is one of those things like cilantro or artificial sweetener, where some people experience a really strong reaction.

                                    1. re: a_and_w

                                      As mentioned, I've been four times (once at the Compton branch) and I've only known the chicken to be flavorful and sans the chemical brined taste mentioned. But those two words together do make it sound taintedly unappetizing.

                                      1. re: a_and_w

                                        I've only been to Honey's Kettle once and found the breading (and chicken) quite bland. The service was atrocious-- being ignored by indifferent high school kids is not a fun way to spend your time when you're hungry.

                                        Mr Taster

                                    2. re: hrhboo

                                      I'll add to the echo on Honey's Kettle. I like real, flavorful Southern fried chicken, and that doesn't involve some gloppy beer batter.

                                2. The fried chicken chunks or whatever they are at Musha at 4th and Wilshire are mighty tasty.. Its not a cut up chicken just chunks of whitemeat if I recall correctly ( sake drinking that night ) ..

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                                  1. re: Foodandwine

                                    yep, the karaage at musha is might fine.

                                    1. re: wilafur

                                      I think he means MFC (Musha Fried Chicken), which isn't really karaage. It's pounded and marinated white and dark meat chicken that's breaded and fried. It's really really good.

                                      On your rec, I'll try the karaage next time I'm there.

                                  2. You simply cannot find any better fried chicken Than the Golden Bird FRIED chicken at:

                                    Porky's BBQ

                                    801 E Manchester Blvd
                                    Inglewood, CA 90301
                                    (310) 671-2900

                                    Near the Forum

                                    Very good "real" BBQ too

                                    1. I think this thread covers the best that I'm aware of. I found Honey's Kettle to be the best, better than Pan's or Aunt Kizzy's.

                                      Has anyone tried the FC at Le Grand Orange? Based on my previous meals there, I have no expectations, but I'll give anything a try in the quest for the ultimate fried bird.

                                      Honey's Kettle
                                      2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                                      Aunt Kizzy's
                                      519 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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                                      1. re: ElJeffe

                                        Paul Martin serves, or at least they used to serve fried chicken every Sunday. How is the fried chicken? Is it worth the high price?

                                        1. re: reality check

                                          It is good [albeit not as good as Eva's or Ludo's] and, as it is part of a three course meal (salad and blondies), I found it well worth the $22.

                                              1. re: New Trial

                                                Not a fan of that truck. But, never been to Eva's. Is the fried chicken worth that $39 price, for Sun?

                                                1. re: reality check

                                                  IMHO, no. I wanted to love it, but the best thing about the Sunday dinner was seeing the chef in a hilarious cowboy hat!

                                                  1. re: baloney

                                                    Now, is that $25 fried chicken and beer special, they have, worth it?

                                                  2. re: reality check

                                                    I thought it was as it always includes more than just the chicken (a starter, a second entree [usually some form of beef], dessert and wine) but the $25 Tuesday beer and chicken option may be the better deal if you just want to focus on the chicken. Also, the fried chicken is only a sometimes thing on Sundays but a lock on Tuesdays.

                                                    1. re: New Trial

                                                      Delicious fried chicken tonight at Westside Tavern. Juicy, tender, 1/2 fried chicken. Not greasy. Came with fresh corn and "Mom's potato salad." Very pleasantly surprised at how good everything was. I believe the price was $17.00.

                                                      Westside Tavern
                                                      10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                      1. re: maudies5

                                                        So funny (in a sad, frustrating way for any good chowhound) that, last week when we went for Sunday supper at Westside Tavern I had the sea bass. It was fine, but then I saw a plate of fried chicken go by. My oh my. I'm sure my eyes sort of bugged out of their sockets "toon" style. Our waiter said "Oh, that's now a regular weekend item so come back next Sunday and have some." We went yesterday and "No, the chicken is a special and we don't have it tonight." I moaned and then tried to get up and beat our last weeks waiter about the head and shoulders (luckily my wife grabbed me and dragged me back into the booth). Maybe next time (for the chicken - not for beating the waiter)!

                                                        I did have the short rib entree and it was very good, but dammit, it was no fried chicken! ;-D>

                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                          You have now experienced what I experienced all too many times at Pann's for the corned beef hash special. :)

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            Oh, trust me when I yell you I've struck out on Pann's CBH many times myself. In fact I have the extra added minus that, because I'm normally there right when they open the doors at 7 AM, I don't get the biscuits either as they don't have them ready usually for another 20 minutes or so and I'm typically on a tight schedule... (sounds of sobbing heard here). ;-D>

                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                              But let us know when Tavern doles out that fried chicken again. at 17 bucks for a whole meal in decently, nice digs that's not bad. and if it tastes real good then it's a definite winner.

                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                Off-topic, but we went to Pann's on St. Patrick's Day and they had a ton of corned beef left at 8PM. I would think this would roll over to a steady supply of corned beef hash for a while.

                                                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                  I have the feeling that they wouldn't still have corned beef around from March 17th. It's a guess, but probably a good one.

                                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                                    Just a late reply that will hopefully be a lead for next St. Patty's Day...

                                                                      1. re: Jase

                                                                        Knowing what age has done for (to) me I don't want to think about chowing down on 3 month old corned beef... ;-D>

                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                          I'm either over 3 months behind in my post or under 9 months ahead, so is the patty melt 1/4 eaten, or 3/4 remaining?

                                                                          1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                            damn, that reminds me that i have to try the patty melt again this week. interesting how that item is a 2/3 pounder and the burgers are all about 1/3 pounders.

                                                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                              It all depends. Are you a "patty-ist" or a "melty-ist"?

                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                3/4 remaining - melty-ist. Hoping this lead panns out in March.

                                                  3. Really liked the Fried Chicken at the new Plan Check. Chicken plate "SMOKEY FRIED CHICKEN jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra" or Sandwich "SOUTHERN FRY smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham, pickles" Highly recommended.

                                                    800 SAWTELLE BLVD
                                                    ยท West Los Angeles

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                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                      I'm headed here this week. Which of the two do you prefer? What other dishes are noteworthy?

                                                      1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                                                        I loved the chicken sandwich. Really tender and lots of flavor with a little bit of a kick. My son had the Pastrami Nosh Sandwich and it was really good. Very thick cut pastrami so tender with an egg on top. You have to eat it with a knife and fork. Stay away from the fries, just ok. The desert CRULLER DONUTS were amazing. Hot and cooked to order and served on a bed of banana cream. Next time I want to try their CHEFS FAVORITE BURGER cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather, fried egg, hot sauce. Enjoy.

                                                      2. re: wienermobile

                                                        I was gonna mention PIan Check too for their fried chicken

                                                        Also, I liked their crab dip. The PCB (Plan Check Burger) was great too. Get it medium to medium rare.

                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                          Had the Plan Check Smokey Fried Chicken Dinner Plate tonight and I think it was some of the best fried chicken I've ever had. So Good! So Good! And only $13. I love this place.

                                                      3. On the higher end side, I think the fried chicken at The Brentwood is great. Nice bar as well. Although the rest of the menu is hit or miss (I concede I have not been for over a year), I recall the fried chicken at Craig's was very good. I really wanted Craig's to be better food wise, but they seem to be doing ok without me. Anyway, The Brentwood is my vote.

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                                                        1. re: BSW6490

                                                          Tonight is Ad Hoc Fried Chicken night at Bouchon Beverly Hills.

                                                          1. re: lizziee

                                                            Bouchon's fried chicken is also available for take-out. I believe it starts at 5:00PM

                                                            1. re: maudies5

                                                              Yes at 5:00 and yes available for take-out

                                                                1. re: BSW6490

                                                                  d;man, sounds good, but a little pricey for fried chicken and won't be in the area.

                                                                  is there any email list we can get on so i can know about it in the future, or is it on each and every monday nighte??? thanks.

                                                            2. re: lizziee

                                                              Farm Shop in Brentwood offers its take on the Ad Hoc fried chicken every Sunday as part of a three course dinner for $48.

                                                              1. re: New Trial

                                                                Farm Shop often offers that delicious fried chicken on Mondays in their Market. They tend to run out early. Great cold or reheated. Sold by the pound.

                                                                1. re: maudies5

                                                                  Is this an all day Monday offering or only in the evening? Would need to time it just right since I'm usually not in the area later in the evening.

                                                                  1. re: baloney

                                                                    It is hit or miss. I have bought that chicken around noon and at other times they have been sold out. Forget about buying the fried chicken in the late afternoon on Mondays. You will likely be out of luck. That chicken is great cold or reheated. I once called mid-afternoon on a Monday and asked if there was any fried chicken. Answer was "no." I was told that they actually sold out before noon. I guess if you want to eat this delicious chicken at home, buy it on Sunday as an a-la-carte to go item (if that is possible, and I don't know if it is possible).

                                                                    1. re: maudies5

                                                                      Huh, OK, I'll give them a call to see when they start selling Mondays. It's actually much easier for me to get there pre-noon, so could work out for me.

                                                                      1. re: maudies5

                                                                        Oh, is that the leftover fried chicken from the Sunday night fried chicken prix-fixes???

                                                                        so the fried chicken is not made-to-order on Mondays ? I may be under a mistaken impression, but that's what I'm presuming.

                                                                        But even if, cold fried chicken if done right is still pretty darn good.

                                                            3. Today is National Fried Chicken Day and to honor that A-Frame is going to offer an all-you-can-eat fried chicken picnic. Starting July 14 and every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:00 P.M. They will prepare a mountain of buttermilk fried chicken thighs and legs & sides for only $18.

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                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                only 18 bucks that's not exactly cheap.

                                                                and i remember i went to the ayce fried chicken tues nights at eva restuarant which incl beer and fried chicken. but for some reason, i really can't imagine eating more than eight pieces of fried chicken.

                                                                oh, they are only including thighs and legs, then it's not as great a deal

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  also option of bottomless Hite lager for an extra $10.

                                                              2. The Brentwood has great fried chicken.

                                                                1. Number One for me would be Pioneer Fried Chicken at the corner of Olympic and Fairfax. Number Two would be the branch of Kyochon in the Westfield Mall aka Fox Hill Mall. Both use smaller sized chickens. The mild sweetness of Pioneer chicken seems to come from the chicken itself and not the marinade. Pioneer also has deep fried liver and gizzard but these are not tasty.

                                                                  1. Ramayani in Westwood serves Ayam Goreng Kering, a great fried chicken dish. It is served in very small pieces, and is extremely crispy, yet moist. (They also have a version served with a barbecue sauce.)

                                                                    Here is a link to a picture of the chicken: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/COWNd6...

                                                                    1. They also serve the fried chicken on every Sunday night at FarmShoppe.