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favorite fried chicken?

  • dotrat Apr 25, 2008 10:09 PM

I love to cook & am pretty talented in the kitchen but don't enjoy frying food yet I love fried chicken! I recently tried Honey's in Culver City & it was good but the batter was more like a tempura batter than a traditional southern fried chicken. A friend recently brought me some fried chicken from Whole Foods on Wilshire in Santa Monica which was very good.
What's your favorite place for fried chicken????

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    1. Korean fried chicken places are popping up all over Koreatown. I really enjoyed Kyo-Chon on Sixth and Hobart.

      http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2008/0...

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      1. re: sku

        and Chicken Day just opened in the mini mall at Western # 3rd

        1. re: JackonCrack

          Excellent. I've had my eye on that one, though I'm not happy that it replaced Choice Meats, which was a great Korean butcher shop (though with another branch I can still go to).

          1. re: sku

            Did it REPLACE it? I didn't really notice the stores around Chicken Day, but I could swear it was just NEXT to Choice Meats.

        2. re: sku

          second kyochon, SO GOOD

          1. re: sku

            I am not at all familiar with Korean fried chicken tho I am very interested & keep reading about it. How does it differ from southern fried chicken & what 'sides' might I expect to order with it?

            1. re: dotrat

              It's really a whole different beast. Korean fried chicken (KFC?) is cut in much smaller pieces, which increases the yummy fried surface area. It doesn't have that thick batter that southern has.

              At Kyo-Chon, the original recipe is very garlicky and then there is a spicy recipe which is both sweet and spicy.

              Kyo-Chon has some other stuff on the menu, but I can't say I've ever seen anyone order them. The one side is pickled radishes. These used to come free, but now they're charging for them. Still, the cool radishes serve as a nice counterpoint to the fried chicken.

          2. Second Kyochon but parking, as in all of K-town, can be a real booger.

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            1. re: samse

              They have valet, don't know if it's all hours though.

            2. Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa has really good fried chicken with mash and collard greens.

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              1. re: FeelinAlright

                Dinah's Sucks the big drumstick, don't even go there!

              2. Dinah's near LAX!!!!http://dinahsrestaurant.com/

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                1. re: bellabar

                  There's also a Dinah's in Glendale.

                  1. re: bellabar

                    Whoh! Have you actually eaten there? I made that mistake a year or so ago and found it to be some of the worst food I've ever been served, including the fried chicken. I couldn't believe it was as crowded as it was.

                  2. I like

                    1. Maurice's. haven't been in a while. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/79996
                    2. Roscoes Chicken n' waffles.
                    3. Stater Bros.
                    4. Albertsons.

                    Call you local stater bros or albertsons before going to see when they fry it fresh.

                    PS. how do I add the address, so it goes up top? I clicked permalink, but nothing happened.

                    Maurice’s Snack n’ Chat, 5068 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-931-3877

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                    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                      I second Albertson's but ONLY when it's fresh. I've had some truly vile pieces of chicken that had sat around too long.

                    2. Angelina's in Alhambra has good Fried chicken.
                      My Brother's BBQ in Woodland Hills has excellent chicken as well.

                      1. Had the 1/2 chicken dinner last night at Pann's. Wonderful, as it has always been. This is a lot of food. First of all the chicken pieces are big. A big leg, wing, enormous breast piece and thigh. They cook it perfectly. Crispy with juicy meat. Even the breast was juicy and tender. Great rock & roll sound track from the late 50's and early 60's, classic Googie architecture and nice waitresses (Penny - the Asian waitress with the sitcom voice last night).

                        www.panns.com

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                        1. re: Servorg

                          Second on Pann's.

                          My picks are Pann's or Flossies for Southern style chicken.

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

                          Flossie's
                          3566 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Yeah. Pann's fried chicken is crispy outside but tender and succulent inside.

                          2. Am suprised no one has mentioned Aunt Kizzie's Back Porch in Marina Del Rey shopping center. Best fried chicken around as well as all sorts of southern comfort (best mac&cheese, red beans, blackeyed peas, etc). Located near the new Pavilions. So good.

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                            1. re: cnlsdad

                              not a big fan of Aunt Kizzy - food is mediocre at best

                            2. M & M Soul Food on Centinela in Culver City and Les Sisters in Chatsworth

                              1. Salvadoran? place on Sunset, across from Home Depot in Hollywood.
                                Unique.

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                                1. re: The Vapors

                                  El Pollo Campero?

                                  http://www.pollocampero.com/menu.php

                                  1. re: JackonCrack

                                    Yes, crispy and a bit sweet.

                                    1. re: The Vapors

                                      this is my favorite too...i had the extra crispy in guatemala last month/haven't been to the one on olympic in a few months - will have to go back...mucho gusto!

                                  2. re: The Vapors

                                    Pollo Campero is originally Guatemalan, though it's often associated for some reason with Peru.

                                    1. re: a_and_w

                                      You may be thinking of Pollo Inka. I don't believe there are any Camperos in Peru. It is very popular in El Salvador though. On flights back to the US, lots of people bring boxes of it from the airport stand.

                                  3. I went to the highly acclaimed Honey's Kettle Fried Kitchen in Culver City today.

                                    Perhaps my expectations were too high, or more likely, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I got 2 flavorful and moist pieces of chicken, which were in a more tempura-style (nice description I saw in another post) breading than Southern Fried style. Not bad at all, but definitely different than good ol' crunchy style that I'm used to. Definitely NOT low-fat, for anyone wondering.

                                    The fries were good, with a salty spicy rub of some sort, and the biscuits (also raved by others over) were, well buttery biscuits. Also not bad, but nothing I felt I needed to write home about.

                                    $9.55 for 2 chicken breasts, fries, and 2 biscuits. Not pricey, but not exactly cheap either.

                                    I'm not a fried chicken chowhound, and thus can't compare with the other various places around town, but I will say that I was shocked to go to a party 2 weeks ago, where the host ordered a few large tubs of fried chicken from - Albertson's grocery store - of all places. Cheap (<$10 per tub) and really salty, crusty, and yummy. I'm not sure if I just got a good batch, but I've been itching to get it again ever since!

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                                    1. re: agarose2000

                                      I noticed in the LA Times (what used to be the Calendar section) this week there was an ad from Honey's that included a coupon that was a buy one get one free for either a two piece or four piece meal.

                                      1. re: agarose2000

                                        Weird...Honey's Kettle doesn't even remotely remind me of tempura.

                                      2. Donahoo's on Garey (south of the 10) in Pomona! (Look for the giant rooster sign on the east side of the street.) Strictly take out but EXCELLENT chicken!

                                        1. You simply cannot beat Porky.s Golden Bird Fried chicken. On Manchester in Inglewood.

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                                          1. re: Wes

                                            Les Sisters in Chatsworth makes a pretty mean fried yardbird.

                                          2. Maybe you guys can help me out. This may be redundant with the OP as I'm not exactly sure what a tempure friend chicken is. I've been looking for a more heavily breaded/flaky friend chicken...to put it in WT terms, more like KFC extra crispy than original recipe.

                                            I've been to Pann's and thought it was very good, but the opposite of what I'm looking for (not flaky, heavy oil). I like the fried chicken at Library Ale House but its also Pann's style. Any suggestions:

                                            Cynthia's?
                                            Honey's?
                                            Aunt Kizzies?

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                                            1. re: ElJeffe

                                              You won't like Cynthia's then, as it's a boneless chicken breast, not heavily battered, but also heavily peppered.

                                            2. Kyo Chon, and Bon Chon in Koreatown, are my favorites for fried chicken.

                                              1. Second vote for Golden Bird fried chicken, served at Porky's BBQ in Inglewood.

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                                                1. re: thedrone

                                                  Golden Bird is the best ever.. has my vote, too. Porky's is the only location I've tried recently so add this to the votes for them/Golden Bird.

                                                2. Another vote for Golden Bird at Porky's. Golden Bird is pretty good at all its locations but Porky's does it better.

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                                                  1. re: Hackenbush

                                                    Is it really so much better than the other Golden Birds? I have one close by my house and can't see driving to inglewood for the same thing.

                                                    1. re: Hackenbush

                                                      We had the Golden Bird fried chicken at Porky's and found it bland, bland, bland. (The barbecue was much tastier).

                                                      However the fried chicken at Louisiana on the northeast corner of La Brea and Santa Monica was quite tasty indeed.

                                                      Mr Taster

                                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                                        My Chicken from Porky's was COLD.....

                                                    2. Honey Kettle has gone down the hill, sadly.

                                                      So there was 1. HKFC before the kitchen fire, 2. HKFC after the kitchen fire, 3. HKFC with Vincent (boss) frying and 4. HKFC now.

                                                      1. Back then this was the best FC I have tried. Hands down. Vincent (boss) was there all the time manning the fryer. The wait was long. But that's ok.

                                                      2. Then they closed for a week or two due to a kitchen fire incident. When they reopened the FC was still good but it doesn't taste like before. The wait was long. But that's ok.

                                                      3. So when Vincent was there, the FC was good. When he was not there, the employees couldn't give a damn. The wait was long but not ok. Cos the quality of the fC crispiness has gone down

                                                      4. Now...HKFC heat-lamped their FC. No kidding. Plus they don't even handshake their lemonade anymore. FC now has blood clogs as well (meaning pieces were injured/bruised prior to frying).

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                                                      So we have decided to just buy our own chicken and fry them. At least we know the quality/freshness of our FC.

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                                                      1. re: Vince S

                                                        Which branch are you referring to? Culver City or Compton? They're actually both a little different, but I prefer the fried chicken from the Compton branch--course I only go during the day.

                                                      2. My fav. is Roscoe's. It's the closest to my Grandma's, which, of course, was the world's best. I just tried Albertson's in Los Feliz and I was very pleasantly surprised. I got 4 pieces - leg, wing, thigh, breast for $2.99. I walked home and it was still hot and juicy. I'll be back.

                                                        1. OB Bears in K-town on 6th just east of Vermont. It's a seedy Korean sport's bar, which is awesome. The leek pancake is great too!

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                                                          1. re: msciara

                                                            I can't say my favorite is Roscoe's because it is inconsistant (tiny wings, huge breasts) but it is convenient and I like their sides. That being said, when I don't have the patience for Roscoe's I go to Popeye's but only for the chicken and biscuits. I love their chicken. When fresh, I like Von's chicken strips too. I'm going to have to make the trek to Golden Bird and Pann's.

                                                          2. The biscuits are better than the fried chicken at Honey's, in my opinion. You should try the fried chicken at Dinah's, a retro-looking diner just south of Culver City. The fried chicken there is crispy and juicy; yum.

                                                            1. I just had some really good fried chicken from Jerry's Famous Deli in Marina Del Rey.
                                                              It is kinda hit and miss at JFD but the fried chicken is very yummy!

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                                                              1. re: Tari

                                                                When I want fried chicken I go to The Ivy. Love it!

                                                              2. One of my favorite places for fried chicken is at the farm restaurants. The best in town. Try it with the truffle mac and cheese.

                                                                1. Jollibee's- A Filipino fast food burger joint in Carson has excellent fried chicken (called chicken joy) but pricier than other FC fast food places. I like the light outside crunch and moist, juicy meat--not dried out like Dinah's.
                                                                  Spires diner also has decent fried chicken.
                                                                  Max's Fried Chicken-another Filipino joint has very good FC--no thick coating of flour, batter or crumbs. Just thin skin and crispy.

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                                                                  1. re: trvlcrzy

                                                                    I second Max's Fried Chicken. Very yummy, thin skin is crispy and tender inside.

                                                                    1. re: WheresTheGrub

                                                                      Gotta 3rd Max Fried Chicken. Cant go wrong with the crispy skin and banana sauce dip.

                                                                      I would also vote for Thai BBQ Chicken, it's the no.1 on their menu. Great flavor and great sauce dip!

                                                                  2. Church's Chicken has new "Real Wings" plus their original large wings (with half a breast attached)...both are consistently the best fried chicken I've had in LA and Long Beach. Way better than KFC extra crispy IMHO. Roscoes was very inconsistent...first time was great, 3 times since very dry and tasteless...I gave up. Church's new Real Wings are SO ADDICTING I don't really care about Roscoes any more. Wish Church's would open new stores in a wider area of LA--but for now they are worth a bit of a drive--best taste and best value out there.

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                                                                    1. re: culinarycandy

                                                                      I'm sorry some of you have had a bad experience at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles!
                                                                      The one I go to is the one in Pasadena, on Lake Ave.
                                                                      It's always packed with people and the portions are generous. The chicken is big and juicy and the waffles are also big and fluffy topped with butter. The side orders are good, too, and the service is good and fast.

                                                                      http://www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com/

                                                                      If you want more of an Asian style fried chicken, order a chicken leg rice (or just ask for the fried chicken if you don't want to eat the rice and sides) at Sinbala at 651 W Duarte Rd. in Arcadia. It's really good and juicy and reminds me of night market food vendors in Taiwan. Yum :)

                                                                    2. Boneyard Bistro... only served on Mondays.