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Dinah's Fried Chicken in Glendale?

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  • Phelps Carnwright Mar 25, 2004 01:29 PM
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I like Dinah's Fried Chicken, does anyone know of a place like it in the Glendale/Burbank?Atwater/Silverlake area? Also comments on Dinah's is much appreciated.
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  1. I thought Dinah's Fried Chicken was in Glendale already?
    (818) 244-4188 4106 San Fernando Rd
    Some people like the fried chicken at the Kitchen in Silver Lake, a little more upscale than Dinah's. Once there was a Chowhound discussion of Pioneer Chicken in Silver Lake, but I can't remember if the consensus was edible or not.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I tried the Pioneer in Silverlake recently (my curiosity having been peeked by that thread). My God, is it awful stuff. Has a thick, orange batter that just tastes horrible. Easy to see why they've mostly gone out of business, although it is one of those tastes that I can imagine would stick with you if you grew up with it.

      Dinah's in Glendale is very good, although the menu is pretty limited (chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and gravy...and I think that's it!).

      1. re: chris o

        For the record, my curiosity was piqued, not peeked. I peeked at my curiosity, and found that it had actually peaked several days before.

        1. re: chris o

          You're out of your gord! Pioneer Chicken is God's greatest gift to mankind. The absolute best, you have no clue what you are talking about chief! Best fried chicken around. I remember the days when they used to have Hawaiian Sauce instead of BBQ Sauce, that was good stuff. Cant beat the spicy rice either, and don't even get me started on the fries. Bow down and praise Pioneer Pete!

          1. re: Chris

            Parents of a friend owned a franchise back in the 70s and 80s - they dumped it after a while because sales kept lagging year over year. You can't even find Pioneer anymore around the Westside... never took to it... always preferred Dinah's...

            1. re: Chris

              The remaining Pioneers are indvidually owned franchises of the defunct chain. Maybe someone will chime in on what the best location is.

              1. re: Chris

                Is this the one on Sunset that you love?

            2. re: Chowpatty

              There are 2 Dinah's, both with the exact same logo and buckets. One in LA, one in Glendale. I've only been to the one in Glendale, and I'm a big fan of their chicken (and livers) . They don't use a batter, I believe it's dredged, so people who prefer batter might not like it.

              1. re: ozzygee

                Their exclusive method is "so free from cooking oil" which doesn't mean they don't use oil I think, just that it's more free from it? It's good and greasy to me and I admit to having a weakness for their chicken, potato salad (really creamy and tasty for some mysterious reason probably having to do with sodium) and their newly available mac-and-cheese. Others swear by their cole slaw with pineapple. Their rolls have recently changed to icky store-bought kind, but you can still get their homemade apple butter. Just don't go toward the end of the night - we've had a few bad batches probably due to a busy day of cooking and infrequent changing of that nonexistent oil.

            3. Isn't the fried chicken dinner at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake sorta the same? Maybe try that?

              1. Wow! Pioneer Chicken has to be one of the narsty-est things I ever tasted. Thick, orange batter over flaccid white chicken skin that tastes like it was steamed. Pure, unadulterated yuck!

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                1. re: JeMange

                  Agreed! I would've preferred KFC (*gasp* oh, the horror!).