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Best fried chicken in LA? where is it?

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

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              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.