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May 30, 2010 12:13 PM

Best fried chicken in OC?

There are so many legendary fried chicken places in LA, but where can an OC resident go for phenomenal fried chicken? Sometimes you just really want some good fried chicken! Who serves it? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Chicken Box in La Habra is quite good. They make "broasted" chicken which probably isn't technically fried but it's still quite delicious and is a legendary OC fried chicken staple. Get their Monday night special which is like 10 pieces of chicken with fries for around $12 i think.

    Mrs. Knott's, of course, is probably Orange County's most famous fried chicken place. I happen to love it but I know most people actually don't. The chicken is brined prior to frying making it deliciously well-seasoned and moist. Don't forget to get their boysenberry pie either.

    Other than that I really can't think of much, there's a couple of "asian-style" fried chicken places that use rice flour. An asian-style one is BBQ chicken in Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, they do have some rice-flour fried chicken but their famous one is just the plain which is fried in olive oil to be healthier. It's good, something a bit different than the previous 2 i mentioned which are a bit more traditional but BBQ chicken uses these tiny chicken pieces and it does get expensive, much like everything in Irvine.

    Good luck on finding some more places! Hope you try some of these out though.

    Chicken Box-Broasted Chicken
    330 E Whittier Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631

    Mrs Knott's Restaurant
    8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA

    Bbq Chicken
    2750 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606

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    1. re: digkv

      I know it's not as good as it used to be before the family sold the park but I also like Mrs. Knotts chicken. Part nostalgia of my childhood when we used to go at least once a month for a Sunday fried chicken dinner. Love that rhubarb, pie and biscuits too.

      1. re: wienermobile

        I am so glad someone brought up Knott's fried chicken. I have totally forgotten about it and how good it was the only time I had it more than ten years ago. I remember it hitting the spot and I went home very, very happy.

    2. After a long search. I feel Johnny Reb's on Chapman Av is the best in OC. Mrs. Knotts is third after Po'Boys on Beach Blvd.

      I still have to try Golden Bear in Fullerton - supposed to be quite good>

      Johnny Rebs'
      3532 Katella Ave Ste 114, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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      1. re: subal

        Just an FYI, the Los Alamitos location is the Johnny Rebs' Corporate Office. No restaurant here! We do have 4 amazing locations in Bellflower, Long Beach, Victorville as well as Orange.

        Johnny Rebs'
        3532 Katella Ave Ste 114, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

      2. I've had consistently excellent chicken at Chicken Box. You need to call at least 30 minutes ahead since it is made to order.

        Mariscos Chapala in Placentia also has excellent broasted chicken and they deliver.

        The Hungry Bear in Fullerton is your best bet, however.

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

        Mariscos Chapala
        640 W Chapman Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

        1. Hmmh … OC’s best fried chicken? My list, in tier order of preference:

          Grandma’s Chicken House – 1st (tie)
          6072 Lincoln Ave
          Cypress, CA 90630
          (714) 527-3162

          BBQ Chicken – 1st (tie)
          2750 Alton Parkway
          Irvine, CA 92614
          (949) 752-2001

          BBQ Chicken – 1st (tie)
          5260 Beach Blvd
          Buena Park, CA 90621
          (714) 994-1111

          Popeye’s Chicken – 2nd
          1244 E 17th St
          Santa Ana, CA 92701
          (714) 834-9709

          Chicken Box – 3rd (tie)
          330 E Whittier Blvd
          La Habra, CA 90631
          (562) 691-1701

          Memphis Café – 3rd (tie)
          2920 Bristol Street
          Costa Mesa, CA 92626
          (714) 432-7685

          Memphis at the Santora – 3rd (tie)
          201 N Broadway
          Santa Ana, CA 92701
          (714) 564-1064

          Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner – 3rd (tie)
          Knotts Berry Farm Marketplace
          8039 Beach Blvd
          Buena Park, CA 90620
          (714) 220-5055

          Hungry Bear Restaurant – 3rd (tie)
          2219 N Harbor Blvd
          Fullerton, CA 92835
          (714) 526-2711

          Johnny Rebs’ – 3rd (tie)
          2940 E Chapman Ave
          Orange, CA 92869
          (714) 633-3369

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          1. re: degustateur

            LOL @ 6-way tie for 3rd place...can't pick just one, eh? ;)

          2. Three years ago seems like yesterday:
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