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Looking for best fried chicken in the San Fernando Valley

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Jillyj Aug 24, 2010 10:21 AM

Hi Chowhounds,

I'm having a pool party and I'm very lazy. Would like to pick up some great fried chicken to serve with potato salad.

Most fried chicken recommendations are on the west side. I'm in Studio City. Any thoughts?

  1. boogiebaby Aug 25, 2010 03:58 PM

    It's not restaurant food, but have you tried the fried chicken from Albertson's? They have great chicken, and you can get it hot or cold in the deli area. They do large catering orders too and the prices are great. I've taken it to several potlucks and picnics and everyone is always surprised when I tell them it's from Albertson's.

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      reality check Aug 25, 2010 04:06 PM

      I really think it depends on which Albertson's and how long the chicken has been sitting in those warmers.

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        boogiebaby Aug 27, 2010 10:48 AM

        The turnover at my local Albertsons is great (the Northridge one) and the chicken is always fresh. Majority of the time they bring it out from the kitchen directly, steaming hot, or they tell me to wait another 10-15 minutes for a fresh batch.

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        carter Aug 25, 2010 05:52 PM

        Surely better than the stuff at Ralphs. It is actually the recipe that Albertson's picked up when acquiring Lucky Markets about 10-15 years ago.

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          ZoeZ Aug 27, 2010 08:34 AM

          So THAT's the secret of Albertson's fried chicken which makes my two Chows do handstands when they are in the car after a shopping trip. Really good stuff.

      3. Hughlipton Aug 25, 2010 01:33 PM

        Depnding on how much you are ordering you might find yourself pleasantly surprised at the quality and tast of the fried chicken at the Ralph's Market on Ventura and Hazeltime (specifically that one). If you give them the pic-up time you might find that they are still frying it when you get there. There cole slaw is good and their picnic potatoe sald is good. Stay away from the cooke potato logs they are mushy. Better yet I have found the next day it is till just as good and great for a picnic although certainly will not be as crisp as when you get it freshly fried. They have these fantastic sales and I order only thighs or sometimes legs and thighs. I think it's worth a shot. I have found if you order the wrong quantity and they have a sale price that is better they tell you.

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          allyoucanet Aug 25, 2010 02:26 PM

          I miss Amber's!!! (boo-hoo!)

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            Hughlipton Aug 26, 2010 08:08 AM

            Me too. Loved Ambers.

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              sel Aug 26, 2010 10:26 PM

              Me three, when it was on Ventura Blvd. (X Woodman Ave?) and I was at LAVC the broasted chicken AND THOSE HUMONGO POTATOS!!!
              Where can I find this now?

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            cdub Aug 25, 2010 02:55 PM

            i actually have preferred gelsons in sherman oaks over the ralphs. i actually liked it better than moms. not quite as good as boneyard but it's a different price point. that all said, boneyard probably has the best in the area.

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            reality check Aug 25, 2010 01:18 PM

            Les Sisters has great fried chicken.

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              valleygirl617 Aug 24, 2010 05:15 PM

              Dinah's in Glendale

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                mrshankly Aug 25, 2010 01:30 PM

                I'd love to recommend Dinah's because it has such a special place in my heart after growing up in Glendale and eating there.... BUT my last visit revealed a pre-cooked, frozen piece of chicken that tasted like freezer burn and was reheated in the fryer. It was so distasteful and disappointing that I ate the sides and left the chicken. I hope it was a fluke experience and I'm willing to give it another shot if I can be convinced.

              2. mrshankly Aug 24, 2010 03:47 PM

                I concur with both Mom's and Boneyard Bistro... both are great choices. Boneyard's additional item that draws me there is their incredible baked beans that are second to none. I normally pass on baked beans at most places because they usually disappoint but Boneyard's is in a class by itself.

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                Boneyard Bistro
                13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                  mucho gordo Aug 24, 2010 04:11 PM

                  Better than Mom's? In what way?

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                    carter Aug 24, 2010 08:08 PM

                    Bob - I'll treat you so you can find out!
                    And I really don't love beans - I really like the cole slaw and the collard greens of the four sides available.

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                      mrshankly Aug 25, 2010 01:25 PM

                      The baked beans at Boneyard are made with a thick, homemade whiskey sauce and it has smoked brisket pieces chopped into it.

                      To be honest, I've never tried the baked beans at Mom's so I can't really compare the two places based on that item.

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                        mucho gordo Aug 25, 2010 02:06 PM

                        Judging from your description, I don't think Mom's beans would make the cut. Boneyard sounds fabulous.

                      2. re: carter
                        mucho gordo Aug 25, 2010 02:12 PM

                        Trust me, carter, mrshankly's description of BB beans far surpasses Mom's beans. Mom's slaw is good and the potato salad is creamy, which I prefer. Haven't tried the greens yet.

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                    Sandra W Aug 24, 2010 01:00 PM

                    Miss Peaches soul food on Lankershim, just north of Burbank. Not the best friend chicken in the world, but decent. Call to make sure they're open. Sometimes they shut down unexpectantly when they're catering.

                    http://www.misspeachesrest.com/

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                    Miss Peaches
                    5643 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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                      mrgreenbeenz Aug 26, 2010 06:26 PM

                      Hit off Miss Peaches today for lunch based on this rec. Very good fried chicken. Not the best (maybe not even the best in the SFV) but if you find yourself on Lankersheim it's a great place to stop in. Very friendly proprietress - If I had to guess I'd say it was Miss Peaches herself.

                      I would have asked but I was too busy eating.

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                      Miss Peaches
                      5643 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                    2. mucho gordo Aug 24, 2010 12:20 PM

                      Why not try 'em both. See which one you like better, then choose. Carter is right; you will pay more at the Bistro.

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                        carter Aug 24, 2010 11:56 AM

                        Call up Aaron Robins, owner of the Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, on Ventura 2 blocks east of Woodman. He makes a very good potato salad, as well as some of the best fried chicken you can imagine. Tell him how many people, and have him give you a price, picked up or delivered, your choice.
                        It won't be the cheapest, but it will be good!

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                        Boneyard Bistro
                        13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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                          exilekiss Aug 27, 2010 11:04 AM

                          Hi carter,

                          I'm still trying to find a chance to try their Fried Chicken (thanks to you :). Is it still only Monday Nights, or did they add it on additional nights with their new expansion? Thanks.

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                            mrshankly Aug 27, 2010 10:01 PM

                            Fried chicken on Mondays and fried chicken tacos on Tuesdays... both are excellent!!

                        2. mucho gordo Aug 24, 2010 10:57 AM

                          I'm still sayin' Mom"s on Vanowen/Hazeltine is the best. It's well seasoned. I love their creamy potato salad. If you go, tell them "Bob" (the ol' geezer) sent you.

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