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Sep 4, 2009 11:51 AM

Chicken Help

Many months ago visiting LA, I was in a totally hispanic neighborhood and had grilled chicken take out on a picnic table. Lots of spicy flame grilled chicken, fries on top and this wonderful sauce poured all over in a styrofoam container. I belv the restaurant was a converted drive in and orange or yellow in color. I have to go back, can anyone help with the name?

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  1. Sounds like you were at one of the Dino's locations (there is even a third location now in Azusa IIRC).

    Dino's Chicken and Burgers
    2575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, USA

    Dino's Burgers
    2817 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

    15 Replies
    1. re: Servorg

      Did not see any burgers cooking just flaming chicken over a grill, and I belv the place had a Latino name. Thanks

      1. re: jmac28403

        Where was it? Boyle Heights, Hunnington Park, Echo Park, El Monte.....can you narrow down the vicinity?

          1. re: jmac28403

            Despite the name Dino's sells about 90% of very day-glo orangish looking chicken and fries which get soaked in the marinade (which is used on the grilled chicken). If you aren't describing Dino's then I'll eat my hat (as long as it's accompanied by an order of chicken maniaco & fries from Dino's).

            1. re: Servorg

              OK, I will check it out because it sounds like you are right on. TYVM

              1. re: jmac28403

                I frequent the Pico Blvd. Dino's. Can't vouch for the other locations. Hope you'll come back and post wherever you end up and let us know how you liked what you had.

                1. re: jmac28403

                  Sounds like Dino's to me, and even if its not the same place they serve exactly what you are describing.

                  Dino's sauce is vinegary and spicy with some oregano, so that should give you a hint flavor wise.

              2. re: jmac28403

                Uh, Dinos isn't anywhere close to 'southeast of MDR'.
                Sounds like you might have been in Lennoxico.

                Were you with someone who knows some street names?

                1. re: DiveFan

                  Maybe a little north and quite a bit east... ;-D>

                2. re: jmac28403

                  It could be Pollo a la Brasa in Gardena.

                  1. re: jmac28403

                    It sure sounds like Dino's you're describing (despite the name, I've never seen a burger there, just tons of chicken). The Dino's on Pico is about 10 miles north east of the Marina. There is also one in Hawthorne and one in Torrance which are both south east of the Marina, though I'm not sure if those are owned by the same orange chicken folks anymore.

                    As much as I dislike Yelp, the one useful feature is the ease and frequency with which users post photos. Take a look and see if some of these look like what you remember:


                    These are pics from the Pico Dino's. The other two don't have many pics on yelp, but you might search and take a look anyway.

                    1. re: budsoftaste

                      Never heard of Dino's in Torrance or Hawthorne? The ones listed on the website as seen here: plus the one on Main Street are the only ones that I know of. And the Pico one is more like 20 plus miles from the Marina (but certainly worth the extra 10 mile commute to partake of the chicken plate).

                      1. re: Servorg

                        It may feel like 20 miles, but it's just over 10.
                        20 miles north east of the Marina would put you in South Pasadena or so.

                        I don't remember all the details on the other Dino's, but if you search the board I know there were some posts a couple years ago that explained the history of those locations and how they're owned by relatives of the original. Not sure if it's an amiable situation or not, or whether the chicken is anywhere as good, but one of those could be where the OP went if it was in fact south east of the Marina.

                        1. re: budsoftaste

                          I'll split the distance with you. Google says via the Marina Fwy to the 405 to the 10 is 15.2 miles from the Marina to the Pico Blvd. location.

                          As to the other locations in Torrance and Hawthorne. It doesn't look like either one serves the chicken plate under discussion here. If you look at online reviews (yelp) not even one person mentions having the chicken plate at Torrance or Hawthorne . If you look at yelp reviews for Pico the chicken plate is, almost without exception, the ONLY thing people mention having or seeing going out the window.

                          So the other locations may have the name. But it doesn't look like they have the goods.

                          1. re: Servorg

                            You can definitely rule out the Dinos Burgers in Hawthorne - they've never had a chicken plate like Dino's on Pico. IIRC the former used to be named Ricks.