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I am looking for the best traditional fried chicken in LA. I love Musha Fried Chicken or Korean Fried Chicken but am looking for american style on the bone fried chicken.

The last place I had it in LA was Harold & Belle's which didn't blow me away.

Pann's? Dinah's? Roscoe's? Any upscale versions?

I am less into the waffles part of chicken and waffles, I prefer biscuits...

Thanks hounds!

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Musha
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

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  1. My favorite is Flossies...

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy

      While I haven't been in so many months that I've lost track, last few times that I did go - Flossie's was best in S. Cal!!!

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

      1. re: sel

        Arg - tried to go to Flossies yesterday. Noter to hounds that they are closed on Mondays! I should have called first but got excited and just hopped in the car.

        Went to the Honey's Kettle in Compton as my backup. My first visit there. Fast foodish ambiance. Friendly woman behind the counter. Had the fried chicken (breast and thigh) with fries and a biscuit. The biscuit was just out of the oven and hot.

        The chicken was also very hot. Each time I took a bite more steam came out of this bird. I have never eaten chicken that released so much steam after so many minutes at the table. Skin was crunchy. This may sound like sacrilege but there was almost too much skin/coating for my taste. Chicken was good but not good enough to warrant the drive to Compton from West LA. Biscuit had more sweetness than I expected.

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        Honey's Kettle
        2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

        1. re: Senor Popusa

          Made it to Flossie's on Saturday night. They have a 2 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, cornbread or biscuits, plus dessert for $12.99. Was a huge amount of food. The fried chicken was delicious - superior to Honey's Kettle, and the mac and cheese was also quite good, thick and heavy.

          This could be a dangerous place to know about as I am already thinking of excuses to be in the south bay so I can get some more fried chicken.

          1. re: Senor Popusa

            I like Flossie's but I always want more than 2 pieces of Fried Chicken. I don't want to fill up on side dishes.I know you can pay more for additional pieces of Fried Chicken at Flossie's.

            I think a Fried Chicken Dinner should be at least Half a Chicken (4 Pieces).

          2. re: Senor Popusa

            There is a Honey's Kettle in Culver City that should make your drive much less onerous. Right in downtown CC next to Ford's Filling Station and Tender Greens, etc.

        2. re: Dommy

          Took ten people to Flossies on your reference. Great fried chicken and some good sides but I was disappointed that you could not buy individual pieces of chicken, just meals. I could have eaten about 4 more pieces!

          1. re: Dommy

            Ditto.

            They also have best all around "soul food menu". I love pretty much all their sides.

            Some places have awesome fried chicken but crap everything else.

          2. That's right -- Pann's. The dark meat is deliciously tender and juicy with a crunchy crust that isn't over-crunchy and over-thick, as on the (otherwise excellent) chicken at the defunct Porky's on Manchester. The white meat also has that fine crust but tends to be like white-meat chicken at most restaurants -- a bit dry. It improves greatly as a leftover with homemade white gravy (or brown gravy from Pann's) or on a sandwich with good butter and other moisteners.

            I'd recommend the Hungry Bear in Fullerton if I had been there more than once. The atmosphere is quite different from Pann's, but the fried chicken was very good.

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

            Hungry Bear Restaurant
            2219 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835

            1. Having just been there, finally, for the first time the other day, I have got to say that hands down the best fried chicken I've had in L.A. is Honey's Kettle. I went to the original Compton branch on Alondra, but there is apparently a new branch in Culver City. It kicked butt over any other fried chicken I've had in L.A. - Harold & Belle's, Roscoes, Dinah's Pann's, etc. http://honeyskettle.com/

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              Honey's Kettle
              2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

              11 Replies
              1. re: estone888

                i'm there with you. honey's kettle serves up amazing fried chicken and their biscuits are divine.

                1. re: wilafur

                  with all this talk about fried chicken, i got really hungry this weekend and stopped by at honey's kettle in culver city and split a family meal.

                  consensus? it was decent, but in my mind, it used to be much, much better. why?

                  it was greasy...like run down your fingers into your palm, down your wrist greasy.

                  flavor was good but the bird was too greasy. and it felt as though they changed the biscuit mixture as well as the biscuits are no longer as fluffy/pillowy as they used to be....not to mention, less buttery tasting. meh.

                  i felt let down.

                  1. re: wilafur

                    My one experience at Honey's Kettle in Culver City was that I remember it being greasy and bland, the two cardinal sins of fried chicken.

                    Underseasoning is a particular problem with many fried chicken places, but for some reason a lot of Chowhounds don't seem to be bothered by it. The much lauded Golden Bird at the now-defunct Porky's was guilty of this as well. Pann's is never bland. Louisiana (corner of La Brea and Santa Monica) is never bland. Astro Burger is never bland.

                    Seriously, why do people have against properly seasoning their fried chicken?

                    And why do so many people here not seem to notice?

                    Mr Taster

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

                    Honey's Kettle
                    2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      My friend and I both thought it was downright gross. The batter seemed good but the chicken itself was off. I won't be going back to Honey's. Too bad.

                    2. re: wilafur

                      I enjoy Honey's Kettle but think they are very inconsistent both in service and quality of chicken. It's very easy to hit them on an off night.

                  2. re: estone888

                    My wife and I only tried Honey's CC once, and it was so greasy we couldn't eat more than a piece each.

                    Flossie's is very good and may be the best fried chicken we've had in LA at a resto, but isn't really great.

                    BTW, just had dinner at La Cachette Bistro and had intended to try their basket of fried chicken but our waiter informed us that the chef wasn't happy with it and has permanently taken it off the menu.

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                    La Cachette
                    Little Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                    1. re: krick

                      They can't figure out how to do what thousands of American restaurants do well every day? Not to mention millions of Sunday cooks, especially in the Midwest and South. Somebody should send the Cachette Bistro's problem solvers to help in Washington.

                      At the same time send a note to that allegedly edgy Web site -- www.lacachettebistro.com (whose primary positive is having an explicit link to "hours"). Their online menu still claims the kitchen has the courage to offer exotica like fried chicken.

                      1. re: Harry Nile

                        In all fairness, our server didn't say that the chef wasn't happy with the quality of the dish - just that he wasn't happy with the dish. That could be read a few different ways - it could also be that no one was ordering it, or it could be that fried chicken, no matter how good, simply has no business being on the menu of a french bistro. My general take is that the restaurant has something of an identity problem and they know it, so the latter theory makes the most sense to me.

                        1. re: krick

                          The La Cachette Bistro "basket of fried chicken" sounds great, but is somewhat misleading. Someone in my party ordered it, and was surprised when she was delivered a paper cone (like one in which you might serve french fries) with three or four "strip d' poulet fritte." That's right - chicken tenders. Perhaps lovingly cut by a prep chef with an accent, and clearly carefully battered and fried by a true Francophone, but at the end of the day, they were chicken strips, served with a forgettable ketchup or bbq-ish sauce. Not exactly bistro fare, but, were they on a kids' menu, perfectly acceptable. The Chef is doing the right thing if he is rethinking that dish and its place on his otherwise good menu.

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                          La Cachette
                          Little Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                          1. re: techbod

                            Having it delivered by a waitress on roller skates could sophisticate-up the experience, however. ;-)

                            I guess I'll stay with Pann's until someone reports a new, improved assemblage of le poulet at La Cachette, although I do intend to try Flossie's version when I make my pre-Thanksgiving spice run to Penzeys in Torrance.

                    2. re: estone888

                      They used to be my favorite, but I <3 Flossie's now, not just for their perfectly crisp and simple fried chicken, but for their for overall better menu.

                    3. I love Honey's Kettle as well, but I have a special place in my heart for Golden Bird. I also like Pioneer Chicken.

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                      Pioneer Chicken
                      4376 W Sunset Blvd-out of business, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      Honey's Kettle
                      2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

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                      1. re: annapurna7

                        It looks like we are down to only one Pioneer now. The one on Olympic.
                        Apparently the location on Sunset by the Children's Hospital lost their lease recently.

                      2. Mom's BBQ House in North Hollywood serves up some delicious fried chicken. Boneyard Bistro also serves up some great fried chicken on Mondays only.

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                        Boneyard Bistro
                        13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                        1. re: mrshankly

                          Boneyard Bistro on Mondays only - truly wonderful, with superb cole slaw as one of the two sides, along with Potato Salad, which is good as well, but I am just not much of a fan of potato salad in general.
                          Mondays also feature half-price beer night, so beer & fried chicken in sherman Oaks.
                          Yummmmm!

                          1. re: carter

                            Probably not a idea to at least forewarn those that might be interested in trying the chicken here as to the cost of Boneyard Bistro's fried chicken, so they don't go in, say "I don't need a menu" and order it - only to get hit with a $30 pp (or whatever it is they are now charging) plus tax and tip for a meal most people would be figuring at half of that.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Well, Flossie's was mentioned at $12.99 above, and Aaron's is, I believe, $11 or $14, depending on dark meat or white meat, including the cole slaw and potato salad, so I would say that is exactly comparable.
                              And if anyone does not like theirs, I will gladly eat it, which is more than I can say for the version at Honey's Kettle/Culver City, which is dreadful - can only hope I hit it on an off day.

                              1. re: carter

                                In 2007 it was $30 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4578... for the fried half chicken dinner (with the two sides). Did they downsize the price, along with how much chicken you get?

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  That was for one half chicken, not two pieces, and it not only included two sides, but actually three because of the inclusion of mac n cheese over and above the other items.

                                  1. re: carter

                                    You must own that place, Carter. You never stop tauting it!

                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                      Well, never had a bad meal there, and their fried chicken is as good as I have ever had. Not prone to fried chicken because it is usually too greasy, yet not at the Boneyard.
                                      You ought to try it, you might end up agreeing with me!!!!
                                      ps - I can also walk to it!!!

                                      1. re: carter

                                        I also comment favorably on it and am afraid to be pegged as a co-owner or at the very least, and obsessed fanboy. I am netiher (well, maybe a fanboy of gluttoneous eating...lol) but I do appreciate the effort Aaron puts into his food and the quality he strives for with whatever he does. Prices aside, Boneyard is definitely a place I have come to frequent and never been disappointed.

                                        1. re: mrshankly

                                          25 for a half rack of ribs? 35 bucks for a single short rib? 18 dollars for a simple cheeseburger?

                                          the prices are out of whack especially for the economy and especially for sherman oaks, this is not beverly hills.

                            2. re: carter

                              amazing chicken! they serve it with a sweet and sour sauce. great pairing! also, the beer menu is amazing and at half price it's what you would be paying retail.

                            3. re: mrshankly

                              Glad you mentioned Mom's. My wife thinks their fried chicken the best around; better even than KFC which probably isn't saying much for Mom's. Most of their food is really great. Potato salad is creamy, which I prefer. BBQ beef, pork and chicken sandwiches are messy but good as are the beans, cornbread, mac& cheese, etc.

                            4. for upscale versions...the one I had at ludobites fried in duckfat was one of my best chicken moments ever...hopefully he'll have it at Royal T when he reopens ludobites in december...i would get reservations quickly though hes only doing it for 2 weeks

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                              1. re: peppermonkey

                                Thanks. Just made reservations and got a confirmation.

                              2. For upscale fried chicken, Jonathan Gold really liked the fried chicken at Larkin's in Eagle Rock:

                                Larkin's
                                1496 Colorado Blvd
                                Eagle Rock, CA 90041
                                (323) 254-0934

                                http://www.larkinsjoint.com/menus/

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                                1. re: Norm Man

                                  Ob Bear in K town has the best fried chicken along with marinated cubed radish

                                  1. re: sumo3175

                                    Ah, I've been to OB Bear so many times in the past few months, but the goods are the spicy fried chicken there.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      the spicy chicken wings are off the hook at ob bear. mmm.

                                  2. re: Norm Man

                                    Has anyone tried larkins? I'm really curious....

                                    1. re: tissue

                                      We've dined at Larkins 3 or 4 times. The fried chicken is delicious, but as a Southerner I would not recommend it as a paragon of Southern Fried Chicken. The seasoning and crust are nothing like my Granny's. In fact, I believe their chicken is skinless, tho they still managed a crust.

                                      1. re: Cubancoffee

                                        I also recall it as being a boneless breast. I like fried chicken breasts as well as the next guy, but I require bones in my fried chicken. And I also like some dark meat. The very idea of trying to make "healthy" fried chicken strikes me as laughable. As a recipe I once read in the NY Times - that recommended frying chicken in half lard / half clarified butter - said: IT'S FRIED CHICKEN!

                                  3. The Golden Bird.

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                                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                      Is this the Venice Blvd location? are there differences between Golden Bird locations? Are they extremely greasy? (grease seemed to be in the first line of every yelp review...)

                                      1. re: Senor Popusa

                                        Yes, they're extremely greasy. And extremely bland. It's as if they don't even use salt or pepper to season their birds. IMO Golden Bird is one of the worst fried chickens in LA. The skin has a decent crunch, but moments after your teeth pierce the skin, hot grease fills your mouth.

                                    2. I went to Porky's in Long Beach yesterday after reading this post and getting hungry for fried chicken. I was disappointed by the lack of seasoning. The chicken was fried nice and crisp but not very flavorful. I like Honey's Kettle but I'm surprised no one has mentioned Knott's Berry Farm. The have great fried chicken and you can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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                                      Honey's Kettle
                                      2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

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                                      1. re: willie1227

                                        I don't remember the chicken at Porky's on Manchester being bland -- delectably juicy with a too-thick crust is my recollection.

                                        I haven't been to the one in Long Beach, but I did try BBQ at the San Pedro branch a few months ago. Dry, tough, and tasteless Q that I couldn't eat. As at the defunct Manchester location, the staff was very sweet and friendly, but, unlike Manchester, completely, thoroughly incompetent. They couldn't get the orders right and couldn't get anything out on time. In my one visit, it seemed that all of the customers -- from day laborers to suburban housewives -- walked out of the place scowling and muttering various versions of "never again!"

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                                        Porky's BBQ
                                        362 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

                                        1. re: Harry Nile

                                          Harry, if you ever go up Centinela (which is the way we get there) to get to Pann's you might stop in and try the fried chicken at M&M Soul Food (just a couple of minutes from Pann's). They also have a really good smothered fried chicken. Now, this was a couple of years ago (maybe a little less) so I'm not sure if things have changed or not.

                                          M&M Soul Food
                                          5496 W Centinela Ave
                                          Los Angeles, CA 90045
                                          (310) 215-8186

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

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            Thanks, Servorg. I've gone by M&M many times but have never stopped. On your recommendation, I'll try it. Good smothered chicken (with the gravy spilling onto plain white rice on the side) is one of my favorite dishes. -HN

                                          2. re: Harry Nile

                                            I've been very happy with the pulled pork at Porky's in San Pedro. Their fried chicken is fantastic too

                                            1. re: Ernie

                                              It's been about six months, Ernie, but I guess that, for me, the pulled pork was the least-objectionable BBQ item -- not very interesting, but the ribs and beef were dull as dust. I should have stayed with the fried chicken, although I won't be going back until I hear that the San Pedro Porky's has solved its service problems.

                                              If you want really good juicy pulled pork, try Big Mista at one of his convenient farmers market setups.

                                          3. re: willie1227

                                            I agree. Love Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner.

                                          4. And the all time worst: Huckleberry's fried chicken, a special on Friday. I'm glad they're using jidori but the batter is not appealing at all.

                                            1. Stay away from Dinah's (at least the one in Glendale). I recently tried the fried chicken at Dinah's in Glendale and saying that it was repulsive is an understatement. Maybe it was the time of day or day of the week but the chicken was OBVIOUSLY boiled and refrigerated, and battered and fried only upon order. The end result were tasteless and soggy-textured chicken pieces that were dry and conjgealed at the core and dishearteningly lacking any crisp or seasoning whatsoever. There was a distinct separation between the surface of the chicken (pre-frying) that had refrigerator-burn on it and the second layer of batter that it was dipped into to finish it before serving. Sadly, I remember this being some great fried chicken when I was a kid but they have gone down hill since I last visited. On the other hand, their Mac-n-Cheese was pretty good and I may go back for that.

                                              1. Thursday nights at James Beach. It's to die for.

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                                                James Beach
                                                60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                                                1. re: yogachik

                                                  Never heard of James Beach but am certainly willing to give it a try for their fried chicken. One thing I noticed though after reading their menu... tacos, sushi, fried chicken, pasta, burgers, and steak all in one place... really?!?! If this place is good, I'm moving in next door!!

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                                                  James Beach
                                                  60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                                  1. re: mrshankly

                                                    Let us know what you think, frankly.

                                                2. Nobody will believe me, but here is my recommendation:
                                                  I was craving fried chicken yesterday, so I found it funny that this thread was at the top of the Chow list when I logged on. We tossed around a few of the suggestions, but then decided to hit up a restaurant near my friend's house because we were curious. I put having fried chicken out of my head and was ready to order pasta or steak.

                                                  The restaurant? The Barkley Restaurant & Bar in South Pasadena. Yes, old black vinyl booths, nobody under 50 in sight.

                                                  I was amused to see fried chicken on the menu and figured I'd go ahead and give it a shot. I had no hopes at all for it, but I couldn't resist.

                                                  It was REALLY REALLY GOOD. Now, I'm no fried chicken expert, but I agree with what most posters are saying. I don't like it greasy, I like the meat as well as the coating to be well seasoned, and I like it moist. This chicken was all of those things. It's not cheap, rolls (VERY GOOD!) salad/soup, and half a chicken in pieces with a small lump of unadorned mashed potatoes and some nice steamed veggies was $15. But it was worth it. The leftovers I had for lunch held up great, nice meaty pieces, not too much fat and flavorful throughout.

                                                  Would love to hear if any brave souls give it a shot. You may be surprised!

                                                  The Barkley Restaurant and Bar
                                                  1400 Huntington Dr
                                                  South Pasadena, CA 91030
                                                  (626) 799-0758

                                                  1. I second Larkin's Joint as having the best fried chicken in L.A. area

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                                                    1. re: dineomatic

                                                      Until Larkin's start doing thighs and drumsticks they are ineligible for consideration, I'd say. Breast meat is for salads and sandwiches.

                                                      Yay Pann's!

                                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                                        If you feel like taking a trip into the ghetto and tipping the transient that held the door open for you, id have to say Louisiana fried chicken on Manchester, its just west of the 110. I cant even describe how hot and fresh the chicken is, especially then you eat it in the car!. Golden Bird is my second fave, but goodluck finding one that has consistantly good chicken,

                                                        1. re: medRare28

                                                          SFV hounds - has anyone tried the Louisiana FC on Vanowen and Sepulveda in Van Nuys?

                                                          I'm curious if it stands up to the raves on these boards for their other locations. This one in VN looks like in a place that also serves chinese food, and don't just quite know what to make of that!

                                                          1. re: GK in SO

                                                            I passed by about a year ago, id stay away. It was a run down donut shop with a Louisiana FC banner outside, it didnt look like they had any business frying or handling chicken.

                                                            1. re: medRare28

                                                              La Fried Chickn is in a lot of donut shops or chinese take out parlors. They have a license that the shops purchase from then hence it is not a franchise nor are there free-standing locations of La fried chicken.

                                                        2. re: Will Owen

                                                          Don't remember if Larkin's only served white meat once but their chicken now comes with breast, drumsticks and thighs

                                                      2. any body tried "Johney Rebs for chicken?

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                                                        1. re: subal

                                                          Johnny Reb's' fried chicken is above average, nothing outstanding. Their fried catfish is about the same. I've enjoyed both for breakfast with grits ( a bit too watery), eggs (scrambled light) and biscuits. Great lemonade and the dogs love their giant smoked cow bones.

                                                        2. I feel compelled to chime in in favor of Chicken Pop (name changed from Chicken Day for legal reasons) in Diamond Bar (LA County).

                                                          After over two-dozen visits, still consistently the best I've had outside of homemade.

                                                          Make sure to order the regular fried chicken drumsticks or wings, not the Korean (Kyochon-style) version. Originally a leg man, I've come to prefer their wings for their better (to me) flavor.

                                                          Please see my mini-review from earlier this year at:

                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613870

                                                          Note that there are locations in LA and La Crescenta. I can only attest to the DB location which split-off from the other two. Hence the name change several months back. Same DB owners and exquisite traditional fried chicken however.

                                                          1. New favorite - fried chicken at LudoBites. Far from traditional, but sooo GD good.

                                                            1. Shakeys makes some tasty fried chicken!

                                                              1. I'm partial to the Chicken Box in La Habra. All is made to order--you need to call about 1/2 hour in advance. There are a couple of tables outside. Technically, it is not fried but broasted.

                                                                Chicken Box
                                                                330 East Whittier Boulevard
                                                                La Habra, CA 90631-3854
                                                                (562) 691-1701

                                                                Another good broasted chicken place is Mariscos Chapala in Placentia. A great thing about this place is that they deliver.

                                                                Mariscos Chapala
                                                                640 West Chapman Avenue
                                                                Placentia, CA 92870-5705
                                                                (714) 996-1150

                                                                The Hungry Bear in Fullerton has great buttermilk bathed fried chicken, along with a bunch of other items that these days get lumped into the "comfort food" category
                                                                The Hungry Bear Restaurant
                                                                2219 N. Harbor Blvd
                                                                Fullerton, CA 92835
                                                                (714) 526-2711

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                                                                1. re: stuffed

                                                                  The fried chicken at the Hungry Bear is good -- I need to stop by more often. It's a homey kind of place like Pann's and the Bake 'n Broil but with its own style.

                                                                  Mariscos Chapala? A Mexican *seafood* restaurant that has broasted chicken, presumably with mashed potatoes and gravy? What do you get for an appetizer ... octopus cocktail? ;-)

                                                                  1. re: Harry Nile

                                                                    Absolutely! It is a Mexican seafood joint with broasted chicken and North American style breakfasts. And you can get your campechana and broasted chicken delivered, along with guachinango prepared any of six ways. Or you can drop in and shoot some pool.

                                                                  2. re: stuffed

                                                                    I tried the Chicken Box years ago and the chicken meat was off (old?), is it better now?

                                                                    The Hungry Bear is so close and I never go. Bad Funwithfood!

                                                                    1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                      I've heard about bad experiences with the Chicken Box, but I've been quite a few times and I've always been really pleased. It is essential to call ahead however. I also order at least 10 pieces at a time and I wonder if that means my chicken is always made to order. This whole conversation is making me mighty hungry. I think I'll give Mariscos Chapala a call and get some broasted pollo delivered.

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                                                                      Mariscos Chapala
                                                                      640 W Chapman Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

                                                                    2. re: stuffed

                                                                      Bad me for not going to the Hungry Bear in years, I'll try that and the Mariscos Chapala, thanks to all for the recs.

                                                                      (FYI The egg salad, chicken salad, chicken Waldorf salad, and tuna salad sandwiches at TC Yummies *next door* to Hungry Bear are all delicious.)

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                                                                      Hungry Bear Restaurant
                                                                      2219 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835

                                                                      Mariscos Chapala
                                                                      640 W Chapman Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

                                                                      1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                        Tried Hungry Bear, their fried chicken was delish as well as their mashed potatoes (not crazy about their gravy). Their homemade ranch dressing was excellent.

                                                                        (P.S. Glad I ordered their steak dinner as recommended by the hostess--medium rare inside seared crisp outside--darned if it isn't better than my own prime steaks!)

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                                                                        Hungry Bear Restaurant
                                                                        2219 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835

                                                                        1. re: Funwithfood

                                                                          Hungry Bear is a hidden gem. The steak dinner is without a doubt one of the best deals around.

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                                                                          Hungry Bear Restaurant
                                                                          2219 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835

                                                                    3. M&M's on Centinela. I have been to most of these places, and for my money, M&M's either plain or smothered is the best in town. plus, you get the kind of sides you want with Fried Chicken. And the portions are huge, two plate meals. Corn muffins are good. Check it out for yourself.

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                                                                      1. re: erice008

                                                                        Servorg-recommended back up the thread. I tried to stop by once, but the small parking lot was jammed, so I slipped on down to Pann's and added M & M to my New Years resolutions.

                                                                      2. want to know who makes the best fried chicken in L.A.?

                                                                        Chef Larkin cooks out of a charming craftsman cottage.
                                                                        He makes marvelous fried chicken and lots of other great dishes too.
                                                                        His mom comes comes down and bakes wonderful homestyle cakes.
                                                                        He's always in the kitchen and it shows in his food.

                                                                        Larkin's Joint
                                                                        1496 Colorado Blvd.
                                                                        Eagle Rock, CA 90041
                                                                        WED – SAT L 11:30AM - 3:30PM/ D 5:30PM - 9:30PM
                                                                        SUN BRUNCH 11AM - 3PM D 5:00PM - 9PM

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                                                                        1. re: writebites

                                                                          Again, unless they've changed the recipe, be advised this is designer fried chicken, without skin. Delicious yes, but not traditional fried chicken.

                                                                          1. re: Cubancoffee

                                                                            Boneless, too, when I had it. I'm sorry, but fried chicken is just not fried chicken if it's boneless. It can taste good, but I think of it as something else entirely.

                                                                        2. My favorite fried chicken is Honey's, especially the one in Compton. I like the crispiness of the skin. For fried chicken I always prefer thighs and legs over breast.

                                                                          I also like Golden Bird, Muggies (Porky's) and Pann's

                                                                          I found Flossie's to be rich in flavor, but lacked the crispiness I like. But, my, does Flossie's do side dishes like no other? I was in love with their mac & cheese and their red beans, and especially their peach cobbler. Whereas I like the chicken other places offer, Flossie's total dining experience is the best around, IMHO. If I had my druthers, I would have Honey's chicken with Flossie's sides.

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

                                                                          3 Replies
                                                                          1. re: Ogawak

                                                                            Roscoe's is the BEST

                                                                            1. re: magic man

                                                                              roscoe's is crap.

                                                                              1. re: wilafur

                                                                                I must love crap
                                                                                It blow away Honey

                                                                          2. I'm an Army guy who has traveled extensively through the dirty South in search of great fried chicken. I have INTERROGATED locals for this highly-prized information. Places like Gladys Knights in Atlanta, Willie Mae's in New Orleans, and Greyhound Tavern off Dixie Highway in Northern Kentucky. I've HAD the best fried chicken. When I moved back to Los Angeles I searched high and low for chicken that can match what I had in the South. I went to the now defunct GRIFFINS and JACOBS and ALL of the places the Black folks in L.A. love but nothing really quite cut it UNTIL I visited a hole in the wall place in a North Long Beach ghetto. CHICKY FRIED CHICKEN is as good as ANY FRIED/BROASTED chicken I had in the dirty South. Good GOD. I have FOUND IT! Huge pieces of MEATY, TENDER (not fatty), JUICY BROASTED CHICKEN that squirts its delectable love juices with every bite. I'm sorry if I sound PORNO but this is BETTER THAN SEX. All of the places listed below do NOT compare. I DARE you take the drive to N. Long Beach. You WILL have a MOUTH-GASM.

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                                                                            Chicky Fried Chicken Broasted
                                                                            5104 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805

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                                                                            1. re: ktokusa1

                                                                              my mouth is watering already...hmm...am i doing anything tomorrow?

                                                                              1. re: ktokusa1

                                                                                looking forward to trying this chicken based on your review! the best chicken I have had is at Bertha's, a traditional soul food restaurant on Century Blvd.

                                                                                1. re: ktokusa1

                                                                                  So I just went to CHICKY FRIED CHICKEN, and was surprised to see a chain lock on the front door. I wanted to give it a shot, but they are shut down right now. Their stuff still seemed to be on the inside, but they must be behind on the rent.

                                                                                  Instead, I went to Golden Bird on Avalon. The chicken was bland and greasy. I am not sure what the deal is, because it was nothing special at all....

                                                                                  1. re: doug5551

                                                                                    Count me among the surprisingly few that just don't get the love for the myriad bland fried chicken joints around LA.

                                                                                    I've seen it on several occasions... otherwise reputable, respectable Chowhounds wax poetic about flavorless fried chicken. I'm thinking specifically about Golden Bird (at the now-defunct Inglewood Porky's) and Honey's Kettle in Culver City.

                                                                                    Great fried chicken is as much about flavor as it is about texture. Properly seasoned breading/skin is crucial, yet somehow against all better judgment, more often than not the lizard brain kicks in and drives people to crispy-yet-bland stuff. (I think the same prehensile brain is also responsible for the Tito's Taco love.)

                                                                                    Perhaps it comes down to a difference in supertaster vs. nontaster tongues... a mystery for the ages.

                                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                      Hi Mr Taster,

                                                                                      Great post. :) If I may ask, what are your favorite Fried Chicken joints around So Cal? Thanks!

                                                                                      1. re: exilekiss

                                                                                        Hi EK--

                                                                                        I've had some incredibly tasty (crispy, well seasoned, not greasy) fried chicken from the Cambodian-run Louisiana on the northeast corner of La Brea and Santa Monica. Also, I've known the nearby Astroburger (also on Santa Monica, a little further east) to fry up a decently flavorful, crispy thigh.

                                                                                        I wouldn't categorize either of them as mind blowing, but on the few occasions I've eaten it we've been quite satisfied... I'd rank it as good to very good.

                                                                                        By the way-- went back to Flavor of Beijing this weekend... good god, the wings were phenomenal!! Wonderful, unusual seasoning-- a bit sweet and spicy. I'll have to update that thread... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6979...

                                                                                        Mr Taster

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                                                                                        Flavor of Beijing
                                                                                        1388 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

                                                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                          sweet, i'm gonna have to drop by la brea and santa monica now.

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            Did you go last night? What did you think? I live right by there and have always thought about stopping by, but never have.

                                                                                      2. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                        Mr. Taster:
                                                                                        I don't understand why you are puzzled by the diverse opinions about fried chicken. My favorite fried chickens (and we are talking the LA area, not the deep South) are Honey's, Golden Bird and Muggies, primarily because when you say "fried", "crispy" better play a major role. I agree that Flossie's is flavorful, but really lacks the crispiness that I need in my chicken. And I choose thighs and never breasts, because I find thighs much more flavorful. Exilekiss asked you to name your favorite fried chicken in the area, and you really didn't deliver.

                                                                                        1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                          Should I repeat myself?

                                                                                          Mr Taster

                                                                                          1. re: Ogawak

                                                                                            Honey's is just ho-hum in my opinion. I have never understood the love for it, or at least the Culver City location.
                                                                                            And as to Kevin, better hurry to SM/La Brea, as that entire center is being replaced in the very near future by something akin to what is diagonally across the street from it.
                                                                                            Golden Bird used to be decent, yet is now down to about one or two locations, with each location individually owned, like the remaining Louisiana Fried Chicken locations.

                                                                                            1. re: carter

                                                                                              ok, ill be there by friday hopefully.

                                                                                    2. The best fried chicken in LA? Hmm, elusive … like trying to hit a moving target since my tastes and preferences in fried chicken continue to evolve even after more than a half century. I love it so much that, fortunately, I have a broad range of acceptance and appreciation for its various incarnations.

                                                                                      I was just reacquainted with a favorite fried chicken from my youth – Jim Dandy. OMG, was it ever good! Fresh out of the fryer, hot, crispy, juicy and absolutely delicious. No doubt, among the greatest of all time. Lightly battered, mildly spiced (spicy also available) and fried to light golden-brown perfection. Exceptional bite and flavor. A couple of pieces remained wonderfully crisp and moist over two hours later. The fried corn fritters sprinkled with powdered sugar were an ideal accompaniment. Yum!

                                                                                      Today’s best fried chicken in LA (or anywhere else) … Jim Dandy Fried Chicken!

                                                                                      Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
                                                                                      11328 S Vermont Ave.
                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90044
                                                                                      (323) 779-5567

                                                                                      Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
                                                                                      1824 W Manchester Ave
                                                                                      Los Angeles, CA 90047
                                                                                      (323) 758-1411

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                                                                                      Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
                                                                                      11328 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044

                                                                                      8 Replies
                                                                                      1. re: degustateur

                                                                                        do they still have that 5 for 5 deal? jim dandy is also my favorite fried chicken in la.

                                                                                        1. re: raizans

                                                                                          I can confirm that they still have the 5 pieces for $4.87 deal. The fritters were an additional 3 for $1.02. I stoppted by the one on Vermont last night after work. I realized it was very close to my favorite ribs place, Moms. So I went there, too.

                                                                                          Thanks for the tip, degustateur. I agree with your assessment, and without your recommendation, I never would have tried them out...

                                                                                          1. re: doug5551

                                                                                            Wow, doug5551, what a great Combo -- fried chicken and BBQ Ribs. Road trip!

                                                                                            1. re: doug5551

                                                                                              Hey, doug5551!

                                                                                              Glad you liked JDFC. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I appreciate it.

                                                                                          2. re: degustateur

                                                                                            I tried Jim Dandy this weekend and it's definitely a contender for tasty fried chicken in LA. The overall style/taste is like the old Pioneer Chicken with a crispy batter only this is better, IMHO. The chicken was fresh and cooked perfectly and offered with original seasoning/batter or spicy... I tried two pieces of each style. I prefer the original but the spicy is not disagreeable at all. I only wish they offered better side dishes but the chicken is good enough to not matter. You can't beat the price, freshness, and taste. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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                                                                                            Pioneer Chicken
                                                                                            4376 W Sunset Blvd-out of business, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                                                                                            1. re: mrshankly

                                                                                              no love for the fritters?

                                                                                              1. re: raizans

                                                                                                I was too busy wolfing down the chicken in my car to indulge in the fritter... lol ... but the one bite I took of it was indeed tasty.

                                                                                                The roll though was disappointing. If they replaced the rolls with fresh biscuits, I'd make a trek down there on a weekly basis.

                                                                                              2. re: mrshankly

                                                                                                Hi, mrshankly!

                                                                                                I’m pleased that JDFC was to your liking. I too prefer the original to the spicy version. With some recipes, the spices negate the chicken flavor in the same way as too much BBQ sauce on meats. In these cases, for me, less is more (better).

                                                                                            2. Not sure where you are located...but I love this hole in the wall place on the westside in Culver City (their 1st/original location is in Compton) - Honey's Kettle - not fancy or anything, but good old fashioned country cooking & really good fried chix - 9537 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone (310) 202-5453

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                                                                                              Honey's Kettle
                                                                                              2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                                                                                              1. My wife will tell you that Mom's BBQ House in the SFV is, by far, the best. It's fixed Creole style and the skin is a bit spicy but, she say's ' it puts KFC to shame'. Now, that may not be the best comparison or say too much about Mom's but it is excellent chicken. They have both bbq and fried; we're talking fried here.

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                                                                                                1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                  I've been to Mom's and it is excellent. Haven't been back in a year though so I don't know how it holds up lately.

                                                                                                  1. re: mrshankly

                                                                                                    The only complaint I have about Mom's is they don't have baby back ribs and their beef ribs don't have enough meat on them and I have to ask them for the sauce on the side; they put too much on the ribs. Everything else I get is great and I'm there 2-3 times a month.

                                                                                                2. First, I'm sorry to say the last of the Jim Dandy's is gone! (Vermont & Imperial, South LA) You were such a good friend.

                                                                                                  I love my fried chicken as much as anyone else, and admittedly I am more partial to the Broasted-style (a childhood thing).

                                                                                                  Good: Chicky Fried Chicken Broasted, in NoLB

                                                                                                  Better & Best: Ocean Park Pizza, 2819 1/2 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica (You CAN eat here, but it's really a take-out place)

                                                                                                  Next test: Grandma's Chicken, on Alondra in Bellflower

                                                                                                  Chowhounds: The search for the best is half the flavor of the meal, enjoy!

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                                                                                                  Grandma's Chicken
                                                                                                  9886 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

                                                                                                  Ocean Park Pizza
                                                                                                  2819 1/2 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                                                                                                  1. re: Vlashba

                                                                                                    iVe had to try that ocean park pizza joint.

                                                                                                    1. re: Vlashba

                                                                                                      Wait!! Jim Dandy's is no longer?!?! NO!!!!!!!

                                                                                                      1. re: mrshankly

                                                                                                        Jim Dandy's Lives! I was wrong! I am so sorry about putting out bad info and apologize for causing you (and anyone else) great anguish.

                                                                                                        Yes, Jim Dandy is still there on the corner of Vermont / Imperial, and the one on Manchester/Western, too. I actually drove by each of them yesterday to confirm their existence rather than relying on my memory of a similar looking corner to that of Vermont.

                                                                                                        Enjoy the food!

                                                                                                        1. re: Vlashba

                                                                                                          sweet. fuck yeah.

                                                                                                          what should I order at Jim Dandy's???

                                                                                                          Thanks. Way better than the semi nearby, Honey's Kettle fried chicken in compton?

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                                                                                                          Honey's Kettle
                                                                                                          2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                            Jim Dandy doesn't hold a candle to Honey's Kettle. It's so greasy, and so tasteless, and the crunch just isn't there.

                                                                                                            Grandma's Chicken (Korean owned?) on Alondra is just broasted chicken using the pressure fryers. It's absolutely bland, has a horrible crust, and is generally rather unpleasant. But hey, if you like "Broaster's" chicken, you'll like Grandma's. I also find Montebello's Broaster chicken all kinds of off-putting.

                                                                                                            I'd rather eat Popeye's vs those 2.

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                                                                                                            Honey's Kettle
                                                                                                            2600 E Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

                                                                                                            Grandma's Chicken
                                                                                                            9886 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

                                                                                                            1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                              Drove and tried Jim Dandy's today, after it was named the top of the top ten fried chicken in LA Weekly. Got the four-piece with one small side (cole slaw) and two of the corn fritters ($5.99+). The location on Vermont and the Imperial Highway is takeout only -- no tables so we went to the McDonald's a few blocks east for drinks and seats. Ordered the spicy chicken -- my companions favored this over the "crispy" which they found underseasoned. Crust didn't have enough of the crackly crunch that I like, but the chicken itself was moist and juicy. The breast in particular was big and delicious. Cole slaw was good. Those "fritters," which are a cross between hush puppies and biegnets, were delicious on the outside -- covered in powdered sugar and fried crisp. The interior, which was a bit biscuit-like, was a bit heavy and boring without the outside. But these were delicious.

                                                                                                              Overall, I wouldn't do another long drive from the westside just for lunch at Jim Dandy's. But I'd definitely stop in again if in the area, and if I was in the mood for a snack grab some of those fritters. It is a great value for a huge meal at a minimal price -- less expensive than KFC.

                                                                                                    2. I'm a sucker for DINAH's

                                                                                                      1. Upscale, but I think the fried chicken at The Brentwood is exceptional.

                                                                                                        1. I've had a recent addiction to El Pollo Campero

                                                                                                          1. For upscale, definitely try the Farm Shop on Sunday nights. It's from the chef that used to run Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc, where the fried chicken is famous. We went a few weeks back and had a great 3 course prixe fixe meal.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Jason_King

                                                                                                              It is one word, Farmshop. Nice article in the Times today.

                                                                                                              http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                                                                                                              1. re: Jason_King

                                                                                                                Exactly right! If you can't make it to the restaurant on Sun night, they have that delicious fried chicken in the market case. We are having that chicken tonight. We are eating it cold, but they told me how to heat it to get a crispy skin and hot interior. Preheat oven to 450. Place chicken on cookie sheet. Turn off oven and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Let you know the result next week.

                                                                                                              2. Good fried chicken and crispy, like homemade.

                                                                                                                Bertha's Soul Food
                                                                                                                1714 W. Centry Blvd in Los Angeles, CA

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                                                                                                                1. re: NikkiW

                                                                                                                  You mean Century, not Centry, correct ?

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    Correct

                                                                                                                  2. re: NikkiW

                                                                                                                    Correction:
                                                                                                                    Bertha's Soul Food
                                                                                                                    1714 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

                                                                                                                    1. re: NikkiW

                                                                                                                      Let's just give 'em the website and any interested party can peruse the menu and get the address and phone information too: http://berthasoulfood.com/

                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                        I've had the chicken dinner at Bertha's and it's a huge quantity of food. I was somewhat shocked when they brought out two full plates of food (large quantity of sides with the sizable quantities of chicken. As my mantra I've stated I tend to eat at more inexpensive places that I think serve a good tasting meal. So I'm going to throw in one that I thought was pretty tasty and easy on the wallet. I don't go to Gloria's on Venice very often because the parking there is pretty tough. If you score a place in the lot, leaving onto Venice with your view blocked by the street parked cars while cars whiz by is pretty harrowing. Anyway...I did try the pollo frito on the menu a few times and found the seasoning nice and tasty with a light crunch. Gloria and her boys are extremely nice.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Feed_me

                                                                                                                          Where is Gloria's located.

                                                                                                                          1. re: NikkiW

                                                                                                                            http://gloriascafela.com There is a pdf of the menu on the site.

                                                                                                                  3. Plan Check
                                                                                                                    http://www.plancheckbar.com

                                                                                                                    6 Replies
                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                      Their fried chicken sandwiches are not half bad.

                                                                                                                      One of these I do have to get there and try out those fries topped with pastrami and pastrami gravy.

                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                        Try their SMOKEY FRIED CHICKEN plate,
                                                                                                                        jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra...so good!

                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                          Just tried it the other day. First of all, the chicken is not smoky-- the gravy is (as you indicated), but the name of the dish implies that the meat itself is smoky (i.e. it's not called "fried chicken with smoky milk gravy" And at $13 for three (very) small pieces, "jidori" notwithstanding, I felt a bit ripped off-- particularly when the "pastrami nosh" is so much more substantial, and less expensive.

                                                                                                                          Mr Taster

                                                                                                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                            Compared to Bouchon/Farmshop though, Plan Check's fried chicken plate seems a bargain? FWIW, Parish's non-smoky (sauce or otherwise) fried chicken is $21, also three pieces.

                                                                                                                            Given a choice, I'd still hit up Carolyn's for wings + butter cake.

                                                                                                                            1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                                              Farmshop is about $50 by now for about four pieces with two sides. Definitely not a deal.

                                                                                                                              But the fried chicken was tasty,though not great by any means.

                                                                                                                              I sometimes like honey's kettle, but their biscuits are tops.

                                                                                                                          2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                            randomly, Josh on Top Chef Season 10 made smoked fried chicken last week. All of a sudden Plan Check seems more interesting.

                                                                                                                      2. Upscale: Bouchon's buttermilk fried chicken at the Beverly Hills outpost. Sit at the bar. It's a once a month deal. This is Thomas Keller's version of fried chicken that became a huge hit up in Yountville. I was there last month, tonight is the last chance for this calendar year.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                          Damn, so it's once a month at the beginning of the month for the Kellerian/Ad Hoc fried chicken ?

                                                                                                                          Any clue also on how much it costs, and is it all you can eat ??? Thanks.

                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                            It's $36 pp. One order easily feeds two, sides, parsnips/collards/rolls, are included. I like sitting at the pewter bar. Not cheap but worth it.

                                                                                                                          2. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                            Farmshop offers the same Ad Hoc style fried chicken (Jeff Cerciello is an Ad Hoc alum) every Sunday as part of a three course meal for $48. I find it somewhat better than the Bouchon version and more consistent. Both Bouchon and Farmshop vary the sides (and Farmshop also varies the starter and dessert) each night the fried chicken dinner is offered. Neither is all you can eat but the portions on both are ample.

                                                                                                                            1. re: New Trial

                                                                                                                              Both sound good, what is their website or address.

                                                                                                                              1. re: New Trial

                                                                                                                                $48 for a fried chicken dinner is pretty funny.

                                                                                                                                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                                                                                                                  And the restaurant's owner is laughing all the way to the bank!

                                                                                                                                  Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                    "fucking upmarket"?

                                                                                                                                    R&J Southern Home Cooking (Downey) has "bomb" buffalo wings, and the fried chicken lunch special at $5 may be some of the highest taste:dollar in LA.

                                                                                                                                    Marjoe's Southern (Carson) has 2 piece dark meat fried-to-order with candied yams and collards for something like $7. This place is strictly take-out though.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the reminder....

                                                                                                                                      Farmshop, "fucking upmarket" indeed!

                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8531...

                                                                                                                                      Mr Taster

                                                                                                                            2. MB Post: the truffle honey fried chicken on the brunch menu is delicious and I am still a fan of Bertha's fried chicken

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                                                                                                                              1. re: foufou

                                                                                                                                Sounds good. Just don't feel like those debilitating and defeating brunch lines.

                                                                                                                              2. Just had Bouchon's fried chicken last night - terrific!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: lizziee

                                                                                                                                  I was there as well. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the sides were really on point.

                                                                                                                                2. Just had a delicious version with a little honey drizzled on top at MB Post.

                                                                                                                                  1. The fried chicken is good here,
                                                                                                                                    Dinah's

                                                                                                                                    http://order.dinahsrestaurant.com/

                                                                                                                                    1. Bouchon Beverly Hills will serve the Ad Hoc fried chicken on Monday, January 7.

                                                                                                                                      1. Re-reading this thread, I feel I must add the fried chicken sandwich from Son of a Gun in for consideration. Although a sandwich, it is very traditional in its presentation. I've had it numerous times and it is consistently juicy with flavor that "pops" nicely. Def worth a visit.

                                                                                                                                        1. I can't believe no one's mentioned the fried chicken at Plan Check. A game changer, IMHO.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                            weinermobile talked about it on Dec 3, and I just gave my input about it 6 minutes before you posted this.

                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6649...

                                                                                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                            1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                              When this thread originally went up Nov. of 2009 Plan Check probably wasn't even a gleam in the eye of Terry Heller, or at least not much of one, much less serving food to the hordes of hungry hounds.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: medrite

                                                                                                                                                It is/was/sometimes is a 'game changer'.

                                                                                                                                                I've been several times for the chicken, the first time thinking it was some of the best chicken I've ever eaten.
                                                                                                                                                However, there is too much inconsistency with the chef(s) for my taste. The last time I went, with friends who've heard me rave and wanted to try it, it was so smokey it completely changed the taste compared to the first time I ate it. None of us could finish it, sadly.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: latindancer

                                                                                                                                                  Have to agree with the consistency issue at Plan Check. I've had the pastrami sandwich a number of times....ranging from "game changer" to sending it back because it was grisly and served cold. We ordered a few things as I was considering a dinner party in the private room. Given the mediocre meal, (two apps were nowhere, although the chicken was very good), and the $235 room charge for the private dining nook on Sunday night at 7:00 (seats 10), I opted out.
                                                                                                                                                  Fortunately the following Monday night was Fried Chicken night at Bouchon. Had a delicious dinner there, and through some fanagaling with a very gracious sales person got the private room for no charge!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pnutbuddah

                                                                                                                                                    Private room, $235 charge ? What for Plan Check for no food ?

                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, maybe I missed something here.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it was a $235 room charge in addition to our spend. The reason was that would compensate for what they would miss on the turns of the tables at that time.

                                                                                                                                              2. The fried chicken with vinegar at Playground ranks pretty high up there for me.

                                                                                                                                                Also, the fried chicken sandwich at Son of a Gun is no slouch.

                                                                                                                                                1. There is still a Pioneer Chicken on the corner of Whittier and Soto. Same orange crust, pretty much same flavor.

                                                                                                                                                  1. A-Frame serves fried chicken on Weekends 12-3. We were denied one time when we came in at 2:30 because they ran out, but we tried again this weekend @ 12:30 and gorged.

                                                                                                                                                    It's AYCE fried chicken @ $14. Comes with thigh + drumstick + hot sauce/bleu cheese. They use young(er) chickens that are evidently sous vide then fried in small batches, almost fried to order but not quite.

                                                                                                                                                    Chicken was super moist and delicious, a bit pink near the bone but they claim since this is how the young chickens get. Skin was well seasoned and crispy as hell, and not greasy to boot.

                                                                                                                                                    Great value @ $14. Get an AYCD hite for an additional $10.

                                                                                                                                                    FWIW me and the wifey managed to eat 4 pieces each, a slightly more gluttonous friend managed to eat 6 pieces.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                      For purposes of research, how many hites did you each put back? ;>)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                        I had to drive and he was hungover, so none this time :(

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                          I guess I will be devouring about 9 to 10 pieces if it is in fact all you can eat for 14 bucks.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                            it is indeed ayce for 14 bucks, served 2 pieces at a time.

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks to AFrame, I now love blue cheese dressing with fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                              ok, i'm down and will hit it up this sunday, if there's no wait.

                                                                                                                                                              was there a wait when you hit it up ???

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                Nope, place was only half full @ 1230 Sunday. I reiterate though, we came after 2p on Saturday and they ran out.

                                                                                                                                                                Funny, a friend of mine on FB mentioned that they had AFrame's beer can chicken a few weeks ago and they preferred el pollo loco lol

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                  I wouldn't go that far.

                                                                                                                                                                  But I do despise el pollo loco's fried chicken and this was not that much better.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                            I did try their beer can chicken once which I was not at all a fan of, which was served whole for about 20 bucks or more.
                                                                                                                                                            and it was not ayce, just a whole chicken any night of the week.

                                                                                                                                                            but the fried chicken for 14 bucks all you can can eat sounds like a decent deal.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                              Are they still doing the all you can eat fried chicken and all you can drink beer ?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                http://aframela.com/new/index.php/lun...

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                            What is an AYCD hite?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                                                                                                              D = drink

                                                                                                                                                          4. Monday, February 4 is Ad Hoc fried chicken day at Bouchon Bistro Beverly Hills. Dinner is 5-10:30. Penance is $36. Sides include mac & cheese, wine braised cabbage, cornbread with honey butter.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                              Is this a few pieces or all you want? I don't know, I just have a problem with $36 for fried chicken...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                meh, I dropped $100 for momofuku fried chicken in NY. Of course, that plate fed 8 people...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                  damn, how was the momofuku fried chicken ?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                    100 bucks even, reservations required. It was 2 whole birds and change.

                                                                                                                                                                    it was pretty awesome, more so for the sides than the chicken. Loved the concept of blending east + west (ie butter milk chicken with lettuce wraps + ginger scallion sauce)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                      wasn't that out of your budget ?

                                                                                                                                                                      or i guess you were on vacation so when in rome.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                  There's enough chicken to feed two people. I like sitting at the pewter bar. They also do take-out.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                    thanks for the info!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                      Pleasure. A reservation is a good idea.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                        do you need a reservation for the pewter bar ?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                          The pewter bar on the second floor in Bouchon Bistro proper (as opposed to the ground floor cafe/bar) is pretty popular. The barkeeps at the cafe bar, Jeff and Venecia, called upstairs for me. The barkeep called down when he had a spot for us.

                                                                                                                                                                          Modest note: the cafe bar is also pewter.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                            shit, now i'm thoroughly confused.

                                                                                                                                                                            so is the nice pewter bar the one on the second floor, so you wait at the downstairs one and the downstairs barkeep calls upstairs and then when a space is available you go upstairs and eat your fried chicken dinner upstairs ???

                                                                                                                                                                            I will definitely have to hit it up.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                              Bouchon Beverly Hills is pretty cool. Go a few times: cafe and bistro, daytime, supper time and late. Get to know the folk. It's an interesting place. The bars are manufactured by l'Etainier-Tourangeau. Look for the hallmark.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                Hallmark

                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                    Tried Ad Hoc at Bouchon last night. 1/2 Chicken. very crisp and tender. One of the best. Did not care for the cabbage in wine dressing or the mac that came with it. Need to go back to The Brentwood to compare as that is great too.

                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                    It is worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                  4. Pioneer Fried Chicken on Olympic cross street San Vicente.