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Jul 30, 2007 01:34 PM

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 One other site with lots of great SofaG food photos here:

              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.