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

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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  1. Pann's !!!

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

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    1. re: A5 KOBE

      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

      1. re: maudies5

        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

        1. re: sel

          Let's try linking again!

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Obessed

        Salads are lovely. Not impressed by the fried chicken.

      2. Rosco's Chicken & Waffles never disappointed us!

        1. 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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          1. re: ipsedixit

            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).

          2. 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. 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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              1. re: sbkat

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

                1. re: sbkat

                  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.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    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

                    1. re: hrhboo

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

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        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.

                        1. re: kevin

                          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.

                    2. re: bulavinaka

                      bulavinaka,

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

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        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.

                      2. re: bulavinaka

                        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

                    3. 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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                      1. re: kushnerom

                        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.

                        1. re: kushnerom

                          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. 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

                            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. 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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                              1. re: paprkutr

                                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.

                                1. re: maudies5

                                  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

                                2. re: paprkutr

                                  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. 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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                                  1. re: Norm Man

                                    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.

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: ElleShapiro

                                      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

                                      1. re: sbkat

                                        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

                                        1. re: sbkat

                                          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.

                                          1. re: Servorg

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

                                          2. re: sbkat

                                            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...

                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                              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

                                              1. re: sbkat

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

                                                1. re: bulavinaka

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

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    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?

                                                    1. re: sbkat

                                                      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...

                                                2. re: sbkat

                                                  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

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: sbkat

                                                      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.

                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                        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

                                                        1. re: sbkat

                                                          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

                                              2. re: sbkat

                                                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

                                          3. 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