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Jan 15, 2008 04:13 PM

Best Fried Chicken in West LA?

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

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

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    1. re: Servorg

      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.

      1. re: cookieyumyum

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

        1. re: PayOrPlay

          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

          1. re: cookieyumyum

            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

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

        1. re: David Kahn

          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.

          1. re: David Kahn

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


          2. re: Servorg

            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.

            1. re: Clinton

              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.

              1. re: pinpei

                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.

                1. re: pinpei

                  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

                    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

                      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.

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

                    1. re: Renault78law

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

                      1. re: wilafur

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

                        friendly staff, quick service and... CHEAPER.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          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".

                    2. 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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                      1. re: silence9

                        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. =)