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Feb 25, 2010 11:34 AM

Battle Fried Chicken: Panns vs Dinah's

So which of these diners, that are a couple miles from each other, serves the better fried chicken?

The Dinah's is the one on Sepulveda Blvd, not to be confused with the Dinahs fried chicken in Glendale.

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  1. I'll put in my vote for Pann's right now. Dinah's has the thick style pancakes (the baked german pancake and the baked apple pancake) which are both good and fairly unique, but Pann's wins on all the other fronts from my POV

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

    1. We live close to both and Pann's is our choice hands down.

      The one time we tried Dinah's chicken we were unimpressed. Tiny pieces, crust not crispy, nothing noteworthy about the seasoning. Pann's we return regularly. Love the crust, pieces are large enough that the outside has the crispness but the inside is still moist.

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      1. re: Jase

        My experience exactly. Tried the Dinah's chicken one time, and it was totaly bleh. Small drumstick with barely any cohesive crust. So not worth the effort.

      2. Never had Pann's but I can totally agree with the other 'hounds about Dinah's. I ordered a 36 piece box for my office last week and it was undersized, underseasoned and undercrisped.

        1. Well ‘Hounds, I’m going to have to vote independent this time and suggest M & M Soul Food for some of the very best fried chicken in SoCal. Beats Pann’s and Dinah’s hands down. In the same league as Flossie’s. Golden brown, crispy, moist, tender and well seasoned without being greasy. Made to order. M & M is one block from Pann’s. Open for B/L/D Mon – Thu 11-9, Fri – Sun 8-10 (web site hours are not current).

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

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          1. re: degustateur

            I went to their Carson location and wasn't impressed at all with their fried chicken. Skin was too soggy, not crispy at all. Inside was very dry.

            1. re: reality check

              Hmmh? That doesn't sound good at all. I've never experienced that problem in over 30 years of visits to virtually all of M & M's locations, including Las Vegas. In fact, Carson is my favorite. Was there a couple of weeks ago; didn't have the chicken that time, though.

              Did you eat in or order to go?

              1. re: degustateur

                I liked them when they were right across from Home Depot Center. Since the move, it isn't as good. Matter of fact, I like what replaced M & M, R & R Soul Food is better. I love their fried chicken.

                But my topic who had the better fried chicken between Panns and Dinah's. Not the best fried chicken in LA.

                1. re: reality check

                  Pann's, hands down! I especially like their wings.

            2. re: degustateur

              We also hit M&M as part of our rotation. But we usually get other things. My recollection of the one time we had their fried chicken was that it was good but not outstanding enough to make us pass up Pann's if that's what we're looking for. We usually get other things from M&M.

              But might be time to revisit and compare. My taste buds thank you for the excuse, my arteries hate you.

              1. re: degustateur

                I agree hands down! M & M's fried chicken is soooooo good! Not greasy, moist, crispy & flavorful!!

              2. I don't want to be a downer but is there any good fried chicken in LA? That compares to a Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah the tuesday fried chicken at Watershed in Atlanta?

                Please don't tell me about Roscoe's (just okay) or Honey's kettle (really??? yuk)

                I've pretty much stopped eating fried chicken here.

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                1. re: AAQjr

                  Sorry, never heard of it.

                  And my vote is for Pann's hands down. Especially the thighs and wings.

                  1. re: AAQjr

                    Define what you're looking for. Haven't been to your favorites, so have no idea what those references mean.

                    Battered and puffy, like beer battered fish? Or a dredged in flour crust? Heavily / lightly salted? Lots / little pepper? Other spices in the flavor profile?

                    1. re: AAQjr

                      No, you will never find the fried chicken (or anything else fried) of the South...I know, I was raised on it, and in SoCal it was only found in my mother's kitchen!

                      Pann's has just OK chicken and Dinah's broasted chicken is a mere shadow of what it used to be! There is one place I really like their broasted chicken...My Brothers BBQ on Ventura Blvd. is a old standby for me and my family...for over fifty years! I don't like their BBQ...but their chicken, when it is "on", and it is "on" most of the time, is outstanding! I also love their BBQ beans...full of chopped up burnt ends! I think I will be going there for dinner tomorrow!

                      1. re: TravelPath

                        If we're talking about broasted "fried chicken", then I actually really like the stuff from Charlie's Trio.

                      2. re: AAQjr

                        I LOVE Honey's! Where would you go for fried chicken in the LA area if you had a gun to your head?

                        Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
                        9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                        1. re: AAQjr

                          I hear you AAQjr. Mrs. Wilkes’ is, indeed, extreme fried chicken. Folks wait in Disneylandishly long lines for it and the rest of her incredible Southern fare. The closest I can bring you to it in SoCal is:

                          3566 Redondo Beach Blvd.
                          Torrance, CA
                          (310) 352-4037

                          Amazing fried chicken, better than M & M's and Bertha's. This stuff may well be THE VERY BEST in SoCal. Seasoned and fried to perfection and stays crispy forever. Also serving Oxtails, Short Ribs, Pork Chops, Chicken Pot Pies, Homemade Mississippi Delta Tamales and more. Lots of outstanding side choices – multiple kinds of greens, mac ‘n cheese, green beans, candied yams, corn bread muffins, etc. Everything is made with love and care and is truly delicious. Rotating daily menu.

                          1. re: degustateur

                            I went there once about one or two years ago, but never found a resounding desire to go back even though I live nearby in Torrance. I never had their fried chicken though--maybe I'll try it out though I'm not sure since you agree with AAQjr about Honey's and I loooove Honey's. =)

                            Oh! I also wanted to throw in that I've been to the Honey's Kettle location in Compton and found it better than the Culver City location.. Course it might just be I had to sit through eating fried chicken there while a homeless man yelled at me from the outside while I ate.. Had to be some kind of pay off right? =P

                            3566 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504