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Best Fried Chicken in West LA?

swt9876 Jan 15, 2008 04:13 PM

Where can you get the best fried chicken somewhere around Pico and La Cienega?

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  1. Servorg RE: swt9876 Jan 15, 2008 04:22 PM

    Cynthia's - about a mile from Pico & La Cienega
    8370 W. 3rd St.
    LA 90048

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      cookieyumyum RE: Servorg Jan 15, 2008 04:36 PM

      Maurice's Snack n' Chat
      5068 W. Pico Blvd.

      Actually just had some today. Nothing like chicken fried in a cast iron skillet. So yum!
      But definitely call ahead if you're in a hurry, because it is made to order.

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        PayOrPlay RE: cookieyumyum Jan 15, 2008 09:04 PM

        So, if you're calling ahead to Maurice's, what are the best things to order? (Besides the chicken, of course.)

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          cookieyumyum RE: PayOrPlay Jan 15, 2008 09:48 PM

          Hmmmm to be honest, the only side I found to be "recommendable" is their Candied Yams. And I don't usually like yams! Their stuffing is not bad and I don't think I've tried their macaroni, which now makes me curious....
          Their apple pie was funny. At first I hated it, but then I took another bite and thought it was ok and by the last bite I LOVED it. But it wasn't on the menu today.

          I usually order fried chicken, biscuits, and greens. Then make mashed potatoes at home with some of my Pioneer Mills Peppered Cream Gravy from San Antonio,TX.

          Please report back on how your ordering goes and if you try the macaroni

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            kevin RE: cookieyumyum Jan 16, 2008 08:35 PM

            Candied yams here are pretty good, because they don't come from a can like other places you can tell because the pieces are not cut uniformly and it's not syrupy sweet.

            also, they offer a warm coconut cake for dessert.

      2. re: Servorg
        David Kahn RE: Servorg Jan 16, 2008 02:11 PM

        Is Cynthia herself still associated with this place, other than by name, I mean?

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          Servorg RE: David Kahn Jan 16, 2008 03:00 PM

          I don't know, David. The last time we were there she was not in evidence. But the one thing that was a constant was the fried chicken was still darn good.

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            pinpei RE: David Kahn Jan 20, 2008 12:55 PM

            According to the website she is living in Barcelona. Que bueno!


          2. re: Servorg
            Emme RE: Servorg Jan 20, 2008 05:59 PM

            Only if you like skinless breasts, extra peppery. However, if you do go, you *must* order the cobbler. I really don't like her fried chicken recipe at all.

            I'd go down to Aunt Kizzy's or Pann's (as suggested below)

            Alternatively, head to Albertson's, and ask them to fry you a fresh batch. Also, in a pinch, get a fresh fry at Popeye's... heresy, I know, but their biscuits need a friend.

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            Clinton RE: swt9876 Jan 15, 2008 04:42 PM

            The best!


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              pinpei RE: Clinton Jan 15, 2008 07:14 PM

              I just don't get why Golden Bird gets the kudos it does. The three times I've had it I was never able to detect any hint of seasoning whatsoever. The skin is crisp, but it is so greasy.

              I second Maurice's.

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                baloney RE: pinpei Jan 16, 2008 06:51 AM

                Heartily agreed, pinpei! I don't get the hoopla either as the times I've gotten the fried chicken at the Manchester location, it was always wicked greasy.

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                  Clinton RE: pinpei Jan 16, 2008 06:54 AM

                  I guess you have to be a grease fan to really enjoy Golden Bird chicken...ha, ha. All I know is that their fried chicken needs to be eaten hot and not as leftovers. It's like a block of lard the next day but so good when hot. I didn't say it was healthy...

                  Used to eat at Dinah's near Jefferson and Slauson in Culver City. Their chicken was sort of OK but it's been around for years that I can remember.

                  1. re: pinpei
                    Professor Salt RE: pinpei Jan 16, 2008 09:48 AM

                    I hated the Golden Bird chicken the one time I tried it at Porky's. It had a thick beer batter like coating that absorbed, like, a quart of grease. I didn't grow up with it, that might have a lot to do with my aversion to that style of fried chicken

                    More to my liking is the chicken at Flossie's, or the massive fried chicken wings at Pann's. Perhaps not close enough to the OP's location, but worth the drive IMO.

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

                    3566 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504

                    1. re: Professor Salt
                      JeetJet RE: Professor Salt Jan 20, 2008 04:01 PM

                      I always ordered the wings meal at Pann’s also but someone on this board mentioned they hear so much about the wings at Pann’s that it makes them wonder about the whole fried chicken dinner they offer on the menu. That made me wonder also and so I tried it. Now I have enjoyed the fried chicken dinner twice in the last 8 weeks and I still cannot believe how tender that chicken is. I always thought that the way to rate fried chicken was the batter, or the texture of the fried batter. With every bite I found myself looking at the chicken wondering what they do to make it so perfect – fried outside and so tender inside. They must begin with the most tender fresh chicken they can find. This meal is a LA must have.

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                  omakase RE: swt9876 Jan 15, 2008 06:39 PM

                  I think Jan's is around there somewhere. It's a coffee shop, and I do remember having some pretty good fried chicken.

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                    Renault78law RE: swt9876 Jan 16, 2008 08:20 AM

                    Honey's Kettle, Culver City.

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                      wilafur RE: Renault78law Jan 17, 2008 08:16 AM

                      agreed. love the chicken and biscuits.....loathe the service though.

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                        TonyC RE: wilafur Jan 17, 2008 09:54 AM

                        try Honey's Kettle in Compton instead:
                        2600 East Alondra Blvd
                        Compton, CA 90221

                        friendly staff, quick service and... CHEAPER.

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                          wilafur RE: TonyC Jan 17, 2008 10:01 AM

                          it's quite funny, when the owner (either the hubby or wifey) is at the CC location, the service is simply amazing. i wish they'd spend more time at the CC location as i would prob drop in more often, vs 2x a yr to get my "fix".

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                      silence9 RE: swt9876 Jan 16, 2008 08:45 AM

                      Consider the Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles branch at 5006 W. Pico. Seems to be no middle ground on this one, as folks either really like or loathe Roscoe's. I prefer their fried chicken 'smothered' in their mystery gravy. The fat content therein, along with the accompanying waffle & golf-ball sized butter orb, must be astronomical. But its a once a year indulgence, the debauchery for which one can atone the remainder of the year...

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                        Raachie RE: silence9 Jan 21, 2008 08:30 PM

                        Got to agree with the butter orb... I'd like a Waffle with my Butter thank you.

                        But still, I am a "like Roscoe's" person. =)

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                        Hackenbush RE: swt9876 Jan 16, 2008 10:23 PM

                        Just wanted to say that the last two times I had Golden Bird fried chicken at Porky's, it was not at all greasy. It was excellent.

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                          Ogawak RE: swt9876 Jan 17, 2008 09:39 AM

                          If you want proximity to Pico and La Cienega, I would opt for Roscoe's or Cynthia's

                          I think the best fried chicken in West LA is Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken in Culver City, even better than Golden Bird.

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