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Heading to LA last minute - in dire need of Fried Chicken!

sbkat Jun 26, 2010 08:47 PM

Traveling last minute from SB and REALLY craving some good fried chicken. NO place in SB or nearby offers any redeeming options. Will be heading in and around Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly HIlls and Studio City. Thanks LA Hounds, for always steering me in the right direction!

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    Hackenbush Jul 30, 2010 11:46 PM

    I'm a big fan of Pann's but I don't think their fried chicken is the best nor is it the best thing on their menu. On the other hand, their biscuits are terrific.

    Roscoe's is still quite wonderful. Golden Bird is great but often a little greasy.

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

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      ElleShapiro Jun 28, 2010 03:11 PM

      Flossie's is the best and worth the trip down to Torrance.

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

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        sbkat Jun 28, 2010 08:20 PM

        Thank you all so very much for the recs. I now have a few in mind (logistics play a huge role, sorry - last minute meeting in LA for a day - dinner is NOT an option,) Saturday lunch only. I must return for all noted recommendations for special meals/menus on the weekends.

        Ok - the contenders - Pann's, Honey Kettle, Roscoe's, Golden Bird. May the best bird win.

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

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          sbkat Jun 29, 2010 06:26 PM

          My DH has spoken. He requests we go to Pann's. I must mention he grew up in Holland and is in love with the whole US diner theme. Oh, and when he found out it was the diner scene in Pulp Fiction? Well. I will report back with a review! Thanks again LA Hounds.

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

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            Servorg Jun 29, 2010 06:48 PM

            Tell your husband they have one of the best patty melts in town (make it medium rare if you're not afraid of a little pink) and their split pea soup is also Chow worthy. Both their half fried chicken dinner and their wings dinner or wings and waffle combo usually hit it too.

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              sbkat Jun 29, 2010 08:17 PM

              Great advice, Servorg. Medium rare is just fine with us. Paired with some fried chicken, and we are in business. I will report back!

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              bulavinaka Jun 29, 2010 08:32 PM

              You might as well get a milk shake while you're at it - heck, it's the googie thing to do! Their biscuits are a thing of beauty as well...

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                sbkat Jun 30, 2010 08:20 AM

                Check, and check Bulavinaka - my husband will be more than happy to 'take one for the team' and have a milk shake. Me? That biscuit has my name written all over it. Does Pann's do a decent gravy, btw?

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

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                  bulavinaka Jun 30, 2010 12:00 PM

                  I love the gravy, but it's a rare day that I meet a gravy that I can't get along with...

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                    kevin Jul 1, 2010 02:34 PM

                    according to the jgold post, AYCE fried chicken at Eva on Beverly.

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                      sbkat Jul 2, 2010 06:20 PM

                      Kevin -
                      Looks great, but all the info I see online is for PM dining only, and we're only in the area for Saturday afternoon. Have you tried the beer/chicken at Eva? Anyone?

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                        Norm Man Jul 3, 2010 03:42 PM

                        sbkat, Eva's AYCE Fried Chicken abd Beer Special for $25 per person is on Tuesday niights only.

                        http://www.laweekly.com/2010-07-01/ea...

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                    sel Jun 30, 2010 10:17 PM

                    More than one type of gravey at Panns, ask questions so you get the one you like. I forget what they call them but the brown one was not too good.

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

                    1. re: sel
                      sbkat Jul 1, 2010 08:09 AM

                      Thanks Sel - I'll be on the lookout for a country 'cream' gravy. Hopefully with pork product as an ingredient, and not the gloppy glue consistency. Gravy gods, I hope you're listening.

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                        A5 KOBE Jul 2, 2010 11:41 PM

                        The country gravy at Pann's is VERY good. Definitely get a biscuit to sop up all the left over gravy as they are great as well.

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                          sbkat Jul 3, 2010 08:17 AM

                          Oh A5 Kobe, you just made my whole day. Heading off to Pann's this afternoon. Chicken, biscuits and gravy. My heart may be clogged, but it will be happy. I'll report back with my review!

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

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                            WisePix Jul 3, 2010 12:05 PM

                            Oooh chicken biscuits and gravy sounds awesome.. only been to Pann's once but may want to check it out again now.. so hard to find good creamy gravy. Bon appetit sbkat!

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

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                  Ogawak Jul 30, 2010 11:40 PM

                  Unfortunately, Pann's is not the site of the restaurant scene in Pulp Fiction. That restaurant in Hawthorne is sadly no longer in existence. But Pann's does represent that style of architecture. Definitely worth a visit.

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

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              Norm Man Jun 28, 2010 11:44 AM

              I think the Fried Chicken at Jim Dandy Fried Chicken is pretty good (better than Heny Kettle and Roscoe's) and they have a special of "5 Pieces for $4.87::

              Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
              1824 W. Manchester Ave, at Western Ave
              Los Angeles 90067
              (323) 758-1411

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

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                reality check Jun 28, 2010 02:58 PM

                There is another Jim Dandy on S. Vermont, just north of the 105 freeway.

                The best Golden Bird location I've been to is on Avalon and 135th St. (I think) Good turnover rate, so chicken isn't sitting under heat lamps forever.

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                paprkutr Jun 27, 2010 06:30 PM

                The best is Honey Kettle Fried Chicken in Culver City. They make to order, but it is worth it. Big crispy pieces, and delicious, eat there.

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                  NYCnowLA Jun 27, 2010 10:28 PM

                  i am going to have to agree.

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                    maudies5 Jun 27, 2010 10:43 PM

                    I so disagree about tHoney Kettle.. i found it to be a greasy mess I'm going to try to crystallize my recommendations.
                    1. !st choice for fried chicken on a Friday or Saturday nite is Bite Bar.
                    2. O.P. said that friday and saturday night was not an option and wanted lunch in Weho or SM area. I suggested the Fried Chicken at the Ivy. I think that the Ivy Fried Chicken is really delicious and it is served every day and every night. Very large portion, so prepare to share.

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                      mopeyboy Jun 27, 2010 11:02 PM

                      Must agree about this place. Very excited when they opened because we live in Culver City. Tried it 3 to 4 times over the first year or so. A greasy mess and bad service, too.

                      Love some of the other recs. Roscoe's though, can be really hit and miss.

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

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                      mstinawu Jul 2, 2010 04:17 PM

                      Honey's is great if we're being limited to NON-South Bay areas, otherwise I'd offer up Flossie's as a contender.

                    3. Servorg Jun 27, 2010 02:44 PM

                      May as well go ahead and link to this recent comprehensive fried chicken thread. You can never have too many fried chicken options! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6649...

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                      1. re: Servorg
                        sbkat Jun 27, 2010 06:32 PM

                        Nothing like opening Padora's box, Servorg, thanks very much ;) Looks like my fried chicken dreams will continue to live on for many LA visits to come, especially since some note worthy restaurants only serve fried chicken in the PM and I'm only free for next Saturday afternoon.
                        Maybe I need to have a second meal of the golden stuff on my way out on Sunday?

                      2. kushnerom Jun 27, 2010 02:13 PM

                        It doesn't seem like anyone has mentioned Golden Bird yet... I just found out about this local franchise recently and the one I went to in Inglewood has fabulously juicy fried chicken with the crispiest skin ever for a really good price! The Inglewood location has a huge wall of sodas too from all over the world. Random, but awesome...

                        http://www.goldenbirdchicken.com/

                        I have some pictures of the place on Flickr:
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/wise-pix...

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                          sbkat Jun 27, 2010 06:28 PM

                          Oh boy - you had to go throw in this one - Golden Bird. I think I remember this from my youth, growing up in So Cal, but had no idea they were still around. The Inglewood location looks wonderous. Any info on the other LA locations? They just seem so different from their web site. Curious.

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                            schrutefarms Jun 30, 2010 08:59 AM

                            OHHHHHHH YEAHHHH Golden Bird. Like Pioneer Chicken in their heyday. Best compliment I could give fried chicken.

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

                          2. sbkat Jun 27, 2010 08:06 AM

                            I forgot to mention I will be looking for said treasured bird for a Saturday lunch. Dinner will not be an option! Ooh, all these suggestions look great so far. I have heard about Dinah's? Is it a contender? I have always wanted to try Pann's and Roscoe's. I know they both have their followers. Thanks again!

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

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                              maudies5 Jun 27, 2010 09:50 AM

                              The Ivy has great fried chicken and it would be available for lunch.

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                                bulavinaka Jun 27, 2010 09:57 AM

                                Dinah's would be grouped in upper tier of the KFC-level fried bird, especially when one considers the other options mentioned here. IMHO, the most reliable and accessible source mentioned would be Pann's. Their wings are large, juicy, crisp and tasty. You can order the wings in various increments, you can order half a bird, and you can double up the wings with a plate-sized waffle.

                                I haven't been fortunate enough to try either Huckleberry's or Bite's fried birds - both buttermilk-based. But I've eaten my fair share of food in general from both places - based on that, you really should try to get to either if you can. I personally like Bite better - the flavors are more to my personal liking. But if someone told me that I had to go to Huckleberry instead, I'd still be smiling.

                                If you're open to fried chicken in general, you ought to also consider Japanese-style fried chicken - karaage (ka-ra-a-gheh) - which is served at many Japanese eateries, but usually more accessible at izakaya-style eateries. There's a deeper umami flavor that comes out in this version, as a soy sauce/rice wine mix is usually one of the components in the marinade prior to dredging in cornstarch (which makes the outside unusually crispy).

                                If you combine a love for fried bird, particularly the wings, and Japanese cuisine, you should consider Furaibo on Sawtelle Blvd in West LA. They are probably your best source for Japanese-style fried wings in the Westside.

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                                  hrhboo Jun 27, 2010 10:13 AM

                                  Strongly second these recs! I adore those wings at Furaibo, and Pann's is excellent too. Have yet to try the fried chicken at Bite but it's on the list.

                                  I must thrown in a rec for the MFC at Musha, some have complained that it can be salty at times but I've always found it to be perfect.

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

                                  Musha
                                  1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

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                                    bulavinaka Jun 27, 2010 10:20 AM

                                    Hi hrhboo, welcome back - it's been a while...

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                                      kevin Jun 27, 2010 03:12 PM

                                      yeah, an old familiar voice.

                                      so everyone is Bite Bar really great for the fried chicken, damnit, too bad it's only friday and sat nites and then also the huckleberry fried chicken only on firdays, this makes it so inconvenient for people have to actually work for a lving.

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                                        hrhboo Jun 27, 2010 06:25 PM

                                        Thanks guys!

                                        Bite is a few blocks from my office so it shouldn't be too hard for me to get there for dinner. Huckleberry is a different story, seems like the line is always crazy no matter what time I get there.

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                                    ipsedixit Jun 27, 2010 10:34 AM

                                    bulavinaka,

                                    Definitely swing by on a Friday for Huckleberry's fried chicken. Worth the detour.

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                                      kevin Jun 27, 2010 03:18 PM

                                      i went on friday about 1230 or 1245, the long was way too long and headed out. anyone know if i can drop by like at 1030 or 11am for the fried chicken with nary a line at huckilberry.

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                                      reality check Jun 28, 2010 02:54 PM

                                      Not a fan of Pann's at all. I see nothing great about their fried chicken at all.

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

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                                    New Trial Jun 26, 2010 11:59 PM

                                    Depending when you will be here, Eva makes an excellent fried chicken from time-to-time. The next time will be this coming Tuesday, June 29, when, for $25, you can get all the fried chicken and North County Scrimshaw pilsner you wish. Also concur on Bite's fried chicken but, as noted, currently, it is only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Pann's is very good as well. Have yet to try the Huckleberry version.

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

                                    Huckleberry Cafe
                                    1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                                    Eva Restaurant
                                    7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                    Bite Bar & Bakery
                                    3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                    1. ipsedixit Jun 26, 2010 09:31 PM

                                      Jidori Fried Chicken at Huckleberry. http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/index....

                                      Ever since trying it after reading about it in the NY Times, I'm a devotee.

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                                        maudies5 Jul 30, 2010 07:54 PM

                                        Also, now a devotee. Got there around 3:00PM and ordered the Jidori fried chicken. Must be made to order as I did wait about a half an hour or more. Was it worth the wait? Hell, Yes. That chicken was fabulous. I reheated it gently in the oven @ 375 for 15 minutes. I served it with the white bean puree ( sold in the case).

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                                        lawgical Jun 26, 2010 09:22 PM

                                        Rosco's Chicken & Waffles never disappointed us!

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                                          Obessed Jun 26, 2010 09:09 PM

                                          Tender Greens - multiple locations (West Hollywood, Hollywood, Culver City)

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                                          Tender Greens
                                          9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                                            maudies5 Jun 26, 2010 09:13 PM

                                            Salads are lovely. Not impressed by the fried chicken.

                                          2. A5 KOBE Jun 26, 2010 08:49 PM

                                            Pann's !!!

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

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                                              maudies5 Jun 26, 2010 09:04 PM

                                              Bite Bar now offers the best fried chicken I have ever tasted. Only open for dinner on Fri and Sat. Reservations essential.
                                              http://www.bitebar.com/bites.html

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                                              Bite Bar & Bakery
                                              3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                                                sel Jun 27, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                Don't get me wrong, Bite is my favorite new place in L.A. I love ALL their food both sweet and savory. But the fried chicken that I had was a boneless breast, perfectly fried and quite juicy for a boneless breast. But if the op is looking for traditional bone-in fried chicken, this isn't it. Personally I prefer dark meat on the bone.

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                                                Bite Bar & Bakery
                                                3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                                                  sel Jun 27, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                  Let's try linking again!

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                                                  Bite Bar & Bakery
                                                  3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

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