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What restaurant makes the best fried chicken in Los Angeles - it is my husbands favorite and we have yet to find anything great

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  1. Cynthia's

    8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: wutzizname

      Respectfully disagree. Cynthia's purports to be "healthier" fried chicken, as it's skinless and breast meat. It's overly peppery IMO, and totally doesn't do it for me in terms of a classic fried chicken craving. If I'm here, gimme something light, so I can save room for me cobbler.

      If you're in a hurry and just want to satisfy your craving without restaurant, Albertson's fresh deli section will fry you up chicken to order, and it's surprisingly crispy and well-flavored.

        1. re: Emme

          Healthier? Where do they purport that? Certainly not on their menu. And that's certainly not why I love it. It's just damn good. But there's no way that that giant portion is healthy.

          1. re: wutzizname

            Cynthia herself touted that to us when she was still on board... On one of her off days, she said we couldn't have her cobbler unless we had the fried chicken, "the best and healthiest in the city." Then again with Cynthia... she said whatever fit her moment... Healthy or not, it was always too peppery for my taste, and skinless isn't fried chicken to me ;)

      1. Does Pollo Campero count as fried chicken? It's more like broasted chicken but it is nice, juicy, crispy and oh so tasty. Has various locations in LA. We also like Roscoe's (on La Brea, in Hollywood and Pasadena). And Astro's in Silverlake area makes really good fried chicken too.

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        1. re: gonavera

          Pollo Campero is a chain native to El Salvador, the Pollos there blow the LA location out of the water on juicy, crispy, tasty. I feel like its better in Salvador because of some magical frying oil that must be banned by the FDA. If you're ever in Central America you must go. Anyone who's flown Taca Airlines from San Salvador will certainly have noticed distinct smell of fried chicken emanating from all the boxes of Pollo Campero in the overhead bins...

          1. re: Rockgrappler

            Constant smell on UA GUA to LAX. Love that stuff...

        2. I like Aunt Kizzy's in Marina Del Rey but for a quick, casual place, Pann's is pretty good.

          1. OB Bear is a pub in Koreatown makes awesome Korean-style fried chicken. A whole chicken is split in half and fried until the skin becomes crisp (it's the best part). The meat is also very moist and tender. It's served with a side salt & pepper for dipping, daikon, and cabbage salad. OB Bear also has other Korean "pub food" that's yummy, but I think they're know for their fried chicken. They also have Samuel Adams and Heineken on tap!! And just for my non-Korean brothers & sisters, they have an English menu.

            OB Bear
            3002 W 7th St
            Los Angeles, CA 90005
            (213) 480-4910

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            1. Furaibo, Japonica, bonchon, Kyochon, and any other legit korean or japanese fried chicken.

              soul food kitchen in inglewood
              luna park

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              1. re: jlrobe

                Gotta second Kyochon -- If you're looking for perfectly cooked, flavorful fried chicken. A must try.

                1. re: jlrobe

                  Went to
                  on Saturday...we have already eaten our way through the menu so I thought we'd start all over again...my friend and I BOTH ordered the fried chicken thinking we'd have enough for breakfast in the morning...wrong...not because the portions were small...on the contrary, we each got a thigh, wing, and drumstick...the think was, the crispy skin/coating situation is so damn addictive that I just couldn't stop eating it!
                  We just kep eating and eating and eating, next thing we knew, the bones were licked clean.
                  I LOVE their fried chicken!!! Damn them to he!!! I cannot resist the skin!
                  Aaah, and don't forget some potato salad.
                  Thanks Larkins for making me have to workout more because of all those yummy extra calories!
                  Well worth it!

                2. Boneyard Bistro in sherman oaks makes one helluva good fried chicken, yet only serves it on Monday nights, but be prepared for the crowds, as the place gets very busy, as those of us in the know show up on a very regular basis, as it is that good.

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                  1. re: carter

                    Right on Carter. Boneyard's Fried Chicken is crunchy, juicy, moist, and tender. I haven't had better.

                  2. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles has pretty good fried chicken but my favorite is the Golden Bird fried chicken at Porky's in Inglewood. There are other Golden Bird locations around but they don't start with chicken that's as fresh and plump as Porky's.

                    Porky's BBQ
                    801 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

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                    1. re: Hackenbush

                      Porky's does everything right, from the Golden Bird to the BBQ to the friendly attitude where they try so hard to please the customer.

                      1. re: Hackenbush

                        Golden Bird at Porky's gets my vote also.

                        1. re: Hackenbush

                          Porky's is very good, but I wish the crust were a bit thinner.

                        2. Les Sisters in the valley (Chatsworth)...awesome!!!

                          1. No one has mentioned Honey's Kettle yet! I think it's wonderful and so cruncy. There's one in Compton and one in Culver City.


                            1. Bertha's on Century Blvd near Crenshaw has the best fried chicken in Los Angeles. It is a restaurant where the after church crowd dressed in their finery go on Sundays. Porkchops, oxtails, greens are all far superior to Aunt Kizzy's, M and M's; also better and cheaper than Roscoe's.

                              1. The Prince (KTown, get the whole fried chicken)
                                Kyochon (KTown).

                                1. Pann's sets the bar for tender fried chicken in the Los Angeles Area. Run a search using the key words "Pann's fried chicken wings" and you will find so many Hounds claiming Pann's makes the best wings in L.A. Well, that is true but the wing is just the tip of the bird. I love the wings also and the first time I decided to try the whole fried chicken dinner it was very hard for me to not order a large plate full of those wings insted. I have been back several times since then and now the Fried Chicken dinner is all I order at Pann's and Pann's is the only place in L.A. that I now order fried chicken.

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                                  1. re: JeetJet

                                    Just had their fried half chicken dinner this past Saturday night, (wife had wings and waffle). Really fantastic.


                                    1. re: Servorg

                                      Yeah, the wings and waffle plate is so good that it is hard to not order it, but IMO the chicken dinner is even better. What I would really like is to have the half fried chicken with a waffle as my only side dish. I wonder whether they can substitute like that? Add one of those really good Oreo Cookie Shakes all inside that great Googie ambiance and that is the best chicken meal in L.A.

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        What I would LOVE would be a plate of fried chicken on top of massive biscuits smothered in white sausage gravy. In fact, I want that RIGHT NOW!

                                        1. re: Diana

                                          Then get yourself over to Gaffey Street Diner in San Pedro as fast as the CHP will allow.

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            They put fried chicken on their biscuits and gravy?!

                                            1. re: Diana

                                              They do really wonderful biscuits and gravy, fresh daily, and they have a breaded chicken cutlet with eggs which I have thrown onto the gravy and biscuits. I then get rolled out to my car in a wheel barrow and drive home where I fall into a food induced coma.

                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                Gaffey Street Diner makes outstanding biscuits and white sausage gravy. They akso make basted eggs very well. I never had the chicken but have tried the fried pork chops with all the above. Great food every time.

                                                Gaffey Street Diner

                                    2. clifton's cafeteria in downtown los angeles, it might be broasted, i haven't had it in a long long...long time, but man was it good, pioneer chicken also serves a very good fried bird....and chris' n' pitt's, good stuff

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                                      1. re: fgrade

                                        I had Clifton's fried chicken recently. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I would go out of my way to go to Clifton's so...

                                        A photo from my visit:

                                      2. I gotta agree with the millions of guatemalans -- pollo campero (with new extra crispy) is really on point

                                        1. Jacob's Cafe, 4705 S. Broadway. And if you're really lucky, you might get there on a day when they're serving short ribs or ox tails.

                                          1. We've split a recipe for fried chicken out of this thread onto our Home Cooking board. The new thread can be found at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/495609

                                            1. Try Harold and Belle's in the Crenshaw district Roscoe's is also pretty good. M & M on 47th I think is pretty good.

                                              1. Porky's is amazing - every single thing on the menu. Honey's Kettle in Culver City also has delicious chicken and a very tasty, vinegar sauce to dup the chicken in.

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                                                1. re: flowergirl

                                                  Honey's Kettle has generally drawn good marks here for the quality of their chicken and very bad marks for their service / the amount of time it takes them to get an order of chicken out.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    I completely agree about Honey's Kettle! Their chicken is great, but it takes forever! It doesn't make any sense, either. They have so much chicken ready (you can see it in the kitchen all ready to go) so why does it take soooo long to get your food?? Alas, it doesn't stop me from going back...

                                                    1. re: DMojoD

                                                      Stopped me. Every experience I had there was a nightmare. Course I didn't particularly care for their style of chicken either, so...

                                                    2. re: Servorg

                                                      I've been to the Compton one and it's not nearly as busy as the Culver City one. The Compton one also has good specials, though a bunch of homeless bums live next to it. Go for the chicken, not for the bums. =)

                                                  2. Two suggestions:
                                                    1) Pioneer fried chicken on Sunset & Echo Park Avenue. Don't miss the fried chicken livers in addition to the normal fried chicken pieces. I love the tasty batter.
                                                    2) Hu's chinese restaurant (near corner of Motor Ave & National Ave in West LA). The spicy chinese chicken wings are fabulous.

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                                                    1. re: purplescout

                                                      Wow -- thanks. I love Hu's for lunch -- the twice-cooked pork without tofu, or the kung pao chicken. At dinner their shrimp is good, as are the szechwan dumplings. Had no idea they did a spicy wing.

                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                        It's not on the menu, but if you ask for it, they will cook it for you. It's one of the grandma's specialties (the woman who was the owner before she passed the place to her sons).

                                                    2. Miss Peaches soul food on Lankershim in North Hollywood makes some darn good crispy flavorful fried chicken....

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                                                      1. re: alohaanna

                                                        I passed by Miss Peaches yesterday. How is the rest of the menu?

                                                      2. Miss B's Mississippi Soul Food aka M & M's @ Manchester and 11th Ave in Inglewood. Crispy, non-greasy, big pieces and tasty. Is it worth the drive? Yes, if you want to get full and still bring home something to snack.

                                                        1. I am partial to The Chicken Box on Whittier Blvd in La Habra. The chicken is made to order, so it is important to call ahead (562) 691-1701. The chicken is broasted, but it is has a wonderful crispy coating and it is moist and tender inside.

                                                          1. Prepared for major Chow backlash here. I enjoy the fried chicken at Billingsley's. Yep, the place where if you are in your 50's, you will be the youngest diners in the restaurant. Oh, and by the way, if you sit at the bar and order a vodka gimlet, they have green cherries :)

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                                                            1. re: JeffW

                                                              Thanks for the heads up. Their steaks, etc. were decent.

                                                              1. re: Ogawak

                                                                As a child I frequented this restaurant with my parents. Then it was known as The Golden Bull. I skipped going there for decades after adulthood. Now at 52, I've re-discovered the enjoyment of "zero scene" at this restaurant. It's real people, real servers, and simple fare to eat. No long waits. No "on purpose" construction that makes the dining room noisy to simulate "fun". Besides their fried chicken, I really dig their fried shrimp dinner, and also the sliced sirloin steak. Typically I'm a "medium rare" steak person, but it was recommended that for their version, to order medium, as more of the seasoning/marinade flavors come through. It is tasty! Do I still enjoy visiting trendy restaurants with "wow factor" food, interesting people, etc? Absopositivelutely!!! But I also dig the comfort of restaurants that can give me a blast of the past, such as Billingsleys. By the way, I'm speaking of the one on Pico Blvd. in W.L.A.


                                                            2. Check out Big Mama's Rib Shack in Pasadena, not too far from Roscoe's on North Lake Ave.

                                                              I love Big Mama's. http://www.bigmamas-ribshack.com/

                                                              1. Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks serves fried chicken on Mondays that CH's like a lot.

                                                                1. In Montebello, there is this place called Broaster Kitchen on Beverly blvd, west of montebello blvd.

                                                                  They know how to treat a bird!