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spicy fried chicken

LuluTheMagnificent Aug 20, 2010 09:04 AM

where can I get spicy fried chicken? Not wings and not Louisiana fried chicken.


  1. Will Owen Jul 22, 2012 02:49 PM

    I'm still in deep mourning for the KFC Hot'n'Spicy Extra Crispy. I could never get a sack of that all the way home without grabbing a leg at a stop light and greasing up my face, shirt and steering wheel … I am still looking for a viable substitute, and Popeye's just does not make that grade.

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    1. re: Will Owen
      kevin Jul 22, 2012 05:19 PM

      I still like the original KFC too.

    2. mrgreenbeenz Aug 23, 2010 12:40 PM

      Just tried the LudoBites truck last night at sunset junction. The batter on the chicken was heavily spiced but I'm not sure I'd call it spicy. I would call it great fried chicken and I would say it's the best thing I've eaten from one of the 'gourmet' food trucks.

      By the way, would you consider LFC a spicy fried chicken? Like the LudoBites truck I thought it was more a heavily spiced batter than flat out spicy. Or can you order 'spicy friend chicken' there?

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      1. re: mrgreenbeenz
        kevin Aug 23, 2010 01:22 PM

        oh, man, where else does the truck show up at, i've heard from others that the ludobites fried chicken is really really really good.

        1. re: kevin
          mrgreenbeenz Aug 23, 2010 02:14 PM

          The link on the ludosite was busted. I'd bet they have some kind of twitter feed. What was amazing last night was the utter lack of a line. I literally walked up, paid and got my chicken 1 minute later. I ended up eating there twice. Damn it was good.

        2. re: mrgreenbeenz
          LuluTheMagnificent Aug 23, 2010 02:58 PM

          After eating LFC my burps are spicy. I would like for LFC and popeyes to have a spicier version.

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          chuck Aug 22, 2010 01:38 PM

          I like the spicy fried chicken at Les Sisters on Devonshire near Topanga in Chatsworth.

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          1. re: chuck
            WildSwede Aug 23, 2010 03:24 PM

            I had that once and could not detect any spice. However, their hushpuppies were delicious!

            1. re: chuck
              LA Buckeye Fan Aug 25, 2010 11:39 AM

              I agree. I really liked the kick at Les Sisters. And try the hot pups..hush puppies with jalapenos inside.

            2. boogiebaby Aug 20, 2010 11:33 PM

              Church's does a great spicy fried chicken. I know of 2 locations -- Winnetka and Van Nuys. I'm sure they have more too.

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              1. re: boogiebaby
                LuluTheMagnificent Aug 21, 2010 06:58 AM

                I'm scared. I tried Churches years ago and it was disgusting, (not the spicy). Maybe, I'll just try one piece.

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                sammycakes Aug 20, 2010 01:08 PM

                Kyochon and Bonchon are both wings (though I'm maybe you're just objecting to buffalo-style wings). Kyochon has better flavor, Bonchon has bigger wings – I'll take Kyochon between the two any day because I actually think the smaller wings work in favor of the food at Kyochon. For my money, the absolute best Korean-style spicy chicken in LA is at OB Bear. Deep fried wings slathered in a very spicy sweet garlicky sauce. The regular fried chicken (tong dak) is also excellent.

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                1. re: sammycakes
                  LuluTheMagnificent Aug 20, 2010 04:16 PM

                  I am seeking fried chicken style, but will spicy batter. No sauce. OB Bear looks good though! I will eventually check it out, especially since it's in my neighborhood.

                  1. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                    annapurna7 Aug 20, 2010 04:42 PM

                    I think your only choice that isn't Louisiana or Popeye's is Jim Dandy. I honestly can't think of another spot. :/

                    1. re: annapurna7
                      LuluTheMagnificent Aug 21, 2010 06:59 AM

                      Thanks for trying. I may go to Jim Dandy today. If not, then monday, for sure.

                    2. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                      condiment Aug 21, 2010 11:58 PM

                      Try Crazy Hook at the corner of Wilshire and New Hampshire. The bool dak - Fire Chicken - will put a hurt on you.

                      1. re: condiment
                        kevin Aug 22, 2010 01:08 AM

                        i've never tried this... is it fried and is it in the same vein as the fried spicey/sweet wings at OB Bear just a few blocks away??? thanks.

                    3. re: sammycakes
                      kevin Aug 21, 2010 07:16 PM

                      ob bear is pretty fucking good... really spicey and sweet at the same time... drink copuious amounts of beer to wash it all down.

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                      inlikeflt Aug 20, 2010 10:07 AM

                      I second Kyochon, or any Korean fried chicken place like Bonchon or Chicken Day(though their is spicy isn't very spicy). The quality control can be pretty hit or miss at all of these places, I've had Kyochon that was simply amazing, while I've had it other times when it was barely edible.

                      Kyochon Chicken
                      3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                      BonChon Chicken
                      3407 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

                      Chicken Day
                      2383 Foothill Blvd Ste D, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

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                      1. re: inlikeflt
                        inlikeflt Aug 20, 2010 10:09 AM

                        Of there's always Popeye's too. They have a spicy option. Popeye's can be pretty greasy, but it's kinda spicy for fast food...

                        1. re: inlikeflt
                          mstinawu Aug 20, 2010 10:26 AM

                          Popeye's is a great, cheap, easily accessible from most places kinda of deal!

                          1. re: mstinawu
                            silverlakebodhisattva Aug 24, 2010 05:28 PM

                            For what it's worth, Popeye's started, and are still doing good business in, New Orleans. "Cuisine"? Nah. Pretty good chicken? Yep.

                        2. re: inlikeflt
                          LuluTheMagnificent Aug 20, 2010 04:13 PM

                          I get kyochon all the time they deliver to me. I don't remember it being spicy.

                          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                            Peripatetic Aug 21, 2010 02:59 AM

                            KyoChon has two main sauces: "soy garlic" and "hot & sweet":


                            If you don't specify which one you want I think they give you soy garlic.

                            It's pretty much the same at Bonchon.

                            1. re: Peripatetic
                              LuluTheMagnificent Aug 21, 2010 06:57 AM

                              You're right, I always get the soy garlic. I think when they first opened I tried the hot & sweet and didn't like them as well as the soy garlic, which is amazing. I will try them again though.

                              FYI, the best hot wings (I think) are at Baycities Deli. Absolutely delicious. Better than Kyochon. Don't confuse them with the hot wings(with the sauce). They sometimes have these "chicken wings" in the middle with the sandwiches. Call before you go, because they don't always make them. They are the same "hot wings" but they sometimes sell them without the sauce on them. *drooling as I type."

                              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                                Peripatetic Aug 21, 2010 02:15 PM

                                I also prefer the soy garlic over the hot and sweet, and not because I don't like heat.

                                I've been meaning to try the wings at Bay Cities, but it's impossibly hard to not order a godmother or meatball sub instead.

                        3. Hershey Bomar Aug 20, 2010 10:03 AM


                          1. mucho gordo Aug 20, 2010 10:00 AM

                            Try Mom's BBQ on Vanowen. It's Creole style and well seasoned with spices, not 'buffalo' tabasco sauce. My wife sez it beats KFC by a mile.

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                            1. re: mucho gordo
                              LuluTheMagnificent Aug 20, 2010 04:12 PM

                              ok, will do!

                              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                                mucho gordo Aug 24, 2010 05:46 PM

                                If you do, please let us know if it's 'thumbs up or down"

                                1. re: mucho gordo
                                  LuluTheMagnificent Jul 19, 2012 05:49 PM

                                  Hi Mucho,

                                  Just wanted to let you know I tried Mom's BBQ yesterday and it was delicious! Much better than the fast food places. I wish I lived closer. It wasn't spicy at all though. It was cooked perfectly, very juicy breast. Will be going back for sure.

                                  Thanks again!

                            2. Servorg Aug 20, 2010 09:19 AM

                              What is Louisiana fried chicken? How does spicy fried chicken from other places differ from Louisiana fried chicken? For instance, Jim Dandy's http://www.chow.com/restaurants/551947/jim-dandy-fried-chicken has good spicy fried chicken. Is it disqualified from what you are looking for?

                              ADD: Perhaps you were talking about the chain: http://www.louisianafriedchicken.com/ ?

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                              1. re: Servorg
                                LuluTheMagnificent Aug 20, 2010 04:10 PM

                                I've never had Jim Dandy's. Looks GOOD! Do you recommend it? That yelp special is a good price too.

                                lfc is a chain. Sometimes it's real good. Try the one on labrea and santa monica.

                                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                                  Servorg Aug 20, 2010 04:33 PM

                                  We've only been once and it was so long ago that I hate to rave about it too much personally to you. I just recalled that it was spicy and I finished it (but as my wife says "You finishing your food is not any sort of recommendation." - lol). I hope you'll give us an up to date report if you go.

                                  1. re: Servorg
                                    LuluTheMagnificent Aug 23, 2010 05:50 PM

                                    Just had Jim Dandy's, It was DELICIOUS! So much better than lfc, kfc and popeyes(most of the popeyes). Not greasy, very fresh. The spicy isn't very spicy, but good nonetheless.

                                    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                                      Servorg Aug 23, 2010 05:51 PM

                                      Thanks, Lulu. Will have to get there again and update my taste buds. Glad it worked out.

                                      1. re: Servorg
                                        mrshankly Jul 20, 2012 01:19 PM

                                        I was at Jim Dandy recently, and their spicy fried chicken is as good as ever. I wish they would open up a place in the valley.

                                        1. re: mrshankly
                                          kevin Jul 20, 2012 06:52 PM

                                          where it at shankly ?


                                          1. re: kevin
                                            Peripatetic Jul 21, 2012 06:59 AM

                                            You can find it here, Kevin: http://www.yelp.com/la

                                            1. re: kevin
                                              Norm Man Jul 21, 2012 12:09 PM

                                              Jim Dandy Fried Chicken has 2 locations:

                                              11328 South Vermont Ave

                                              Los Angeles

                                              323 779-5567

                                              1824 W. Manchester Ave

                                              Los Angeles

                                              323 758-1411

                                              I remember a poster said that the Vermont Ave location is a little better and freshly fried because of higher turnover than the Manchester Ave location.

                                              1. re: Norm Man
                                                mrshankly Jul 25, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                I agree that the Vermont location is more fresh, and it is my preferred location. I heard that the Vermont location is the only one left in LA but I may be misinformed.

                                    2. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                                      aizan Aug 20, 2010 09:40 PM

                                      the spicy fried chicken at jim dandy is not spicy. it has an extra savory goodness to it compared to the regular, but no spice. it is still terrific!

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