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Craving great Fried Chicken

I'm from the South and have the good fortune of spending a few weeks in Toluca Lake. I have a serious craving for GREAT fried chicken close to the Studio City area. I'm gonna satisfy my immediate craving with a trip to Roscoe's on W. Pico, but it's a pretty good haul. Not that I mind a drive for some spectacular yard bird. Any thoughts would be appreciated. By the way, sushi is another of my culinary obsessions and I tried Midori's on Ventura Blvd. for lunch recently and was really surprised. They have an all-you-can-eat deal at lunch for $19.95. It's not a buffet. You order whatever you want, whenever you want and they just bring it on. I figured I must have eaten over $50 worth of fish and I paid only $19.95. A very cool place to my way of thinking.

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  1. Closer to Studio City is the Roscoe's on Gower in Hollywood. Mom's Barbecue in Van Nuys also has good fried chicken.

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    1. re: klaatu

      I agree about Mom's (although I'm also a Popeye's fan. . . take that into account) Fried chicken has a nice crunch, good seasoning, price is right and it stays crunchy for the next day. Here's their site, check it out: http://www.momsbarbq.com/

      1. re: klaatu

        2nd Mom's BBQ, their fried chicken and sides are very very tasty!

      2. Crazy as it sounds, when it is right out of the fryer, Alberstson's is pretty good!
        The best I have had is still at Flossie's in Torrance/Redondo, not sure, it is on the border.

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        1. re: Burger Boy

          Funny you say that, I like Albertson's chicken too. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying its the world's best chicken, but it is GOOD.

          1. re: jocey

            If you like Albertson's, then try Pollo Campero. It's like Albertson's, but not as salty. It's like the KFC of Guatemala.

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            Pollo Campero
            1605 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

            1. re: Woolsey

              Pollo Campero is good I ate it quite often when I was in Guatemala on Business. the location on Olympic was the first location opened in the USA. I too like Albertsons when its fresh and anywhere its a kind of food that goed downhill fast if there is not a fast turn over of product.

              1. re: Woolsey

                There's another Pollo Campero in Hollywood on Sunset & St. Andrews (across from the Home Depot).

            2. re: Burger Boy

              Flossies is my perfect version... I was just in the area and started craving it emmensly... I'm going ot have to figure out a bike trip down there to make it worth it... LOL! :)

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy

                Their food is so good but their service is always godawful.

                But the food does outweigh the service, cant get enough of those biscuits.

            3. not too closeby but i really liked the fried chicken from honey's kettle chicken in culver city

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              1. re: frank828

                same here. i love the chicken but abhore the apathetic service. the biscuits are amazing....i felt like i was biting into a butter puff. haha!

                1. re: frank828

                  i am a little obessed with HK chicken! i hesitated goign for a year becuase of the reviews here, but i found myself nearby and hungry so i went, and boy was i glad. it travels well and the chicken was plum and juicy. i didnt have a problem with the service the 2x i was there but you can tell are teenagers with attitude. i'll risk a snot nosed kid for delicious chicken!

                  1. re: NYCnowLA

                    I do enjoy HK! We have figured it out! Calling in an order does not work, they have been stiffed too many times, you will wait regardless. So, we go with patience, order and wait. Bring it home, fabulous! Keep the bag open....to allow any steam out! Good thing we do not live all that far! I keep it out, non refridgerated, until all gone, which does not take long!

                    1. re: NYCnowLA

                      I just came back from HK and I have to give it the edge over any other fried chix, my previous favs. being M&M Soul food and Mom's BBQ.... HK is really juicy (not greasy) and very crispy. add some hot sauce and some of those wonderful biscuits and you are in hog..... errrr chicken heaven.

                      Didn't have much of an issue with the service but you tell the apathetic teenage thing could be a problem. I am finishing the last piece right now.. travels VERY well and it is tasty!

                    2. re: frank828

                      I agree. Went there after reading about it on here. I've enjoyed the chicken, crunchy and moist. Service from slow to slower and the 1st time I went, I was overcharged $18.00. Mistake corrected and chicken enjoyed.

                    3. Dinah's Fried Chicken in Glendale. Family owned and operated since 1967 or so. It is really good and not too greasy. I mean really good.
                      4106 San Fernando Rd Ste A
                      Glendale, CA 91204

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                      1. re: mattesq

                        It doesn't travel too well, though. Every time I've brought it home it's become sort of soggy and disappointing. I like it at the restaurant, fresh out of the kitchen.

                        1. re: estone888

                          I've had Dinah's Fried Chicken. I used to work at a wineshop in that area and my coworkers at the time would order Dinah's at least three times a week. One of my coworkers mentioned that the chicken was not actually fried, but broasted. Can anyone confirm?

                          The coleslaw at Dinah's is pretty good too.

                          1. re: jocey

                            Always seems fried to me. Just what, exactly, is "broasted" anyhow?

                            1. re: estone888

                              Cooking the chicken in a high pressure cooker.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                Just read an article on Dinah's and the chicken is cooked in a pressure locked fryer. So its "pressure-fried".

                                http://laist.com/2007/07/26/dinahs_fr...

                                1. re: mattesq

                                  Thanks for the article...interesting.

                            2. re: jocey

                              Not broasted at Dinah's.

                              For excellent broasted chicken, try Amber's Chicken & Donuts in Encino.

                            3. re: estone888

                              I bet the trick to keeping Pann's chicken crisp would work for Dinah's, or anyone else's: don't close the box lid until the chicken gets cold. This makes the moisture dry off instead of condensing on the cooling chicken.

                              1. re: estone888

                                I live in Burbank so I don't have too far to go. But an easy solution is to stick into a toaster over when you get home for about 2-4 minutes. Doesn't dry out the chicken and the skin is re-crisped. It even works for chicken out of the fridge, just give it 7-10 minutes. Really good, in fact I had some last night.

                              2. re: mattesq

                                I was very disappointed with Dinah's. The chicken pieces were small in size and the batter was tasteless and greasy looking. Would not return.

                                1. re: chowchi1

                                  I agree for the Westchester branch.

                              3. So are you just visiting the L.A. area? You might want to try Korean-style fried chicken -- something you probably won't be able to find back home.

                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/410229

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                                1. re: Cicely

                                  I went there today for lunch and iy was GREAT. Kinda funky, but top-notch chicken, Thanks for respomding.

                                2. while i've never personally tried it I've heard that Miss Peaches on Lankershim in North Hollywood has great fried chicken. I've been trying to get there for lunch, but haven't made it yet.

                                  1. Ask any African American person in LA and most will say Golden Bird is the best! The original is on Adams in LA. Something about Golden Bird that is addicting.

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                                    1. re: Clinton

                                      Golden Bird is the best I've since Grandma's farm.

                                      I've only had it at Porky's BBQ near the forum in Inglewood.

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

                                    2. THE FRIED CHICKEN AT LARKINS IN EAGLE ROCK IS WORTH THE DRIVE!!!!
                                      I THINK IT'S ONLY ABOUT 9-10 MILES FROM TALUCA LAKE.
                                      YUM YUM YUMMY!
                                      LARKINSJOINT.COM
                                      THE OWNER'S MOM IS IN THE KITCHEN QUITE A BIT TOO...TOTALLY SOUTHERN, SPICEY, CRISPY. OH, AND THEY HAVE SOME AMAZING GREENS AND MINI CORNBREAD.
                                      I WAS JUST THERE FOR BRUNCH ON SUNDAY AND I GOT ON THE MAILING LIST AND JUST HEARD THAT THEY'RE DOING TRI TIP AND CANDIED YAMS THIS WEEKEND...GOTTA GO WORKOUT JUST THINKING ABOUT IT!

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                                      1. when discussing fried chicken in LA you have to consider Cynthia's on 3rd. Not traditional by any means and the portions are not as big as they used to be, but still very good.

                                        And for the divey, homey feel Maurice's Snack and Chat down the street from Roscoe's on Pico is great too.

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                                        1. re: bombay07

                                          interesting... i can't stand cynthia's fried chicken... to me, fried chicken is about being on the bone... i find her version overly peppery (black peppery), and the lack of skin just negates for me the joy of sinning with fried chicken :-)

                                          different strokes, right? then again, i LOVE that cobbler w/ that mountain of haagen-daz, and others think it's horrendous.

                                        2. I actually like the fried chicken at Roscoes, but I find the waffles lacking. I order a couple of thighs with some cornbread and greens. While I like a couple of other things at Larkins, I found the fried chicken run of the mill.

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                                          1. re: ickster

                                            I believe you can get Golden Bird fried chicken AND waffles at Porky's in Inglewood.

                                          2. Tried Albertson's tonight. Disappointing. Juicy, yes, but not very flavorful.

                                            1. I am a fried chicken fanatic and I've tried it just about everywhere. In your area I would say you have the luxury of being closest to two of the best choices. The first being at Dupars in Studio City. A new find for me and it takes about 30 minutes to cook but is crispy crackly and juicy beyond belief. You will love it. The second choice and no where nearly as good is at Jerrys' Deli in Studio City. It's yummy but doesn't really compare to Dupars. Enjoy.

                                              1. Doesn't The Grill on the Alley have famous fried chicken? I think I recall it's not on the menu, and one must call ahead to order it. Anyone know about it?

                                                1. I remember reading on the board one day that My Brother's BBQ on Ventura Blvd. just east of Balboa had really good broasted chicken. Other than that I like the broasted chicken at the place in Encino on Burbank at Balboa.

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                                                  1. re: Hughlipton

                                                    Amber's Chicken & Donuts 16900 Burbank Blvd, Encino 91316 At Balboa Blvd. 818-995-3200

                                                  2. One place that I used to LOVE was Stevie's on Ventura in Encino. I am not 100% sure if it's still there, but the place was a true southern comfort restaurant that had it all. Great food, great music, and a great host (Stevie himself!).

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                                                    1. i love korean style fried chicken (fried without batter). if you're around sgv area, you should try angelena's in alhambra. i don't know about other dishes but they have great fried chicken.

                                                      1. I really like to get five or six fried chicken wings and a few jalapenos at Pioneer. In fact, this my be my stop before a Dodger game next week.

                                                        Pioneer Chicken
                                                        1321 Echo Park Ave
                                                        (213) 481-1232

                                                        Pioneer Chicken
                                                        4376 West Sunset Blvd
                                                        (323) 663-2441