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Dinah's Chicken in Glendale

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I live near Dinah's Chicken in Glendale...Never been there...how does it compare to KFC?

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    1. I've eaten at dinah's in culver city, but not in glendale. I think the chicken is better than kfc. I get the skinless chicken, and that's pretty good. dinah has a lot of breakfast treats like dutch oven pancakes, apple oven pancakes. not health food, but tastey if you're in the right mood.

      1. I've eaten at dinah's in culver city, but not in glendale. I think the chicken is better than kfc. I get the skinless chicken, and that's pretty good. dinah has a lot of breakfast treats like dutch oven pancakes, apple oven pancakes. not health food, but tastey if you're in the right mood.

        1. I've had Dinah's on several occasions.

          First, I must disclose a life-long aversion to fast food fried chicken. KFC, Popeye's, Church's, etc. all make me feel sick, smelling the food while walking by those places of business makes me feel nauseated. So first off, the fact that I've been to Dinah's, and then returned is a big vote in their direction.

          I've only been to the place in Glendale, and then only to get an order to go, although it looks like there are tables and waitstaff. The whole vibe is very Wisconsin/rural midwest to me.

          The fried chicken is good, and the staff is very accommodating for the inevitable substitutions (better half is obsessed with wings!), and they have always gotten our orders correct. We usually get some kind of dinner for two deal--six pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, and cole slaw.

          I am not, in general, a cole slaw person, and Dinah's version has pineapple in it, making the whole thing rather sweet. I usually substitute the whole green bean salad, or the potato salad--although I feel silly getting an order of mashed potatoes with an order of potato salad. The biscuits are nothing special, but the mashed potatoes and gravy are fine, with the gravy not being too salty, a sore point with me.

          They serve mini pies, both fruit and creme. I tried one, but didn't care for it. They also serve shrimp, fish, and chicken livers and gizzards.

          I like Dinah's more than the chain versions because I feel the food tastes better, because they do not have a drive thru, and because the food tastes like it is prepared on premises. The only thing that KFC can supply me with is a chicken pot pie.

          1. I like it. Just know it is a little bit different than what you might call 'classic' Fried Chicken. I can't quite describe it. It is crispy, but in a much different way than, say, KFC. Their's is a family recipe. But even though I grew up on traditional southern fried chicken, I enjoy it and pick it up to go about once a month... and the single serving cream pies for dessert are amazing.

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            1. re: Tom P

              I tried this the other day for lunch and my first bite into the chicken was "wow! tastes like how I remember fried chicken when I was a kid!" The chicken really was that good, better than any chain chicken I've ever had. The whole place feels like a home, sometimes you need that kind of environment, eating fried chicken is one of them.

              Also, a 3 piece meal with two sides and a roll is under 7 dollars, I'm impressed!

              1. re: Danimal n Hustler

                Dinah's is the kind of place where you can still get fried chicken that tastes like its made by hand, not in some corporate factory somewhere.

                If you get take-out, don't put the bag on your car seats. You'll definitely have a stain from the grease by the time you get where you're going.

                That, and the fact that they do gizzards and livers, makes this my kind of old-school fried chicken.

                You can have KFC. yick.

                -cid.