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Jan 20, 2011 10:33 AM

Confession: I like fried food and...

Confession: I like fried food and my favs in LA are:

1. Fried Catfish at The Serving Spoon. IT IS AWESOME and perfectly golden brown. I know Pann's is right around the corner, and I like their fried chicken, but Serving Spoon takes it to a new level of fried goodness. This place rocks for breakfast.

2. Fried Egg Rolls and Shrimp Toast at Genghis Cohen. What can I say? It's a true NY thick skinned egg roll.

3. Fried Shrimp at Harold and Belles. Since I grew up in the South, where frying is an art, I can tell you that these guys have it down pat. The coating on the shrimp is just enough to give texture and beautifully seasoned.

Look, I work out at the gym during the week so that I can CHOWWWWWWWW on the weekends.

Please tell me where my I can find my next fried delicacy...

Harold & Belle's Restaurant
2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Genghis Cohen
740 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The Serving Spoon Restaurant
1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

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  1. Have you been to Louisiana Best Seafood in Long Beach? Great stuff.

    Wok and Noodle in Alhambra does a ridiculously addictive fried fish with kelp; I also love the deep fried fish at Chung King in San Gabriel.

    Oooh, and what about pork? I love the breaded and fried pork chop at La Fonda Anteoqueno and the pork milenesa cemita at Pal Cabron.

    Chung King Restaurant
    1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    Louisiana Best Seafood
    2400 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA

    La Fonda Restaurant
    1044 W Gladstone St, Azusa, CA 91702

    Wok and Noodle
    828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

    1. Ory, You got that right. I love good fried food. Shrimp, chicken, egg rolls. Who has suggestions for the westside - Culver City, Palms, Venice and the Marina.

      1. Fried Foods - Focusing on NON-Traditional Southern dishes:

        Appetizer - Scotch Egg (scroll down to "British Favorites"):

        Entree - Whole Sizzling Catfish w/ ginger & ponzu sauce (*) {expensive $24 Lun & $32.50 Din)}:

        Dessert - State Fair Platter - sampler of Deep Fried Twinkies, Oreos, Snickers, Peanut Butter Cups +

        (*) Not your your usual southern offering, worth comparing to......

        1. I love fried food too! A lot of these I found on chowhound.

          deep fried soft tofu in abalone sauce - Sea Harbour during dim sum

          GLBT aka Crispy Gribenes Sandwich - The Gorbals (though its 1 fried element is chicken skin, the rest is not fried)

          Chicken wings - Kyochon (the spicy kind) and Pann's

          fried chicken butt/anus - Dan Sung Sa

          french fries - church & state, wurstkuche , tofu fries @ musha

          cheese age (deep fried wonton skin filled with cheese and 1 jalepeno slice) - honda ya

          fisherman's platter - La Cevicheria

          fried oyster po boy - Little Dom's (during softshell crab season it's swapped out, which is even better)

          you might like the fried chicken balls at Ludo's truck, incredibly juicy and great crunch, though I find them lacking in salt

          mexican funnel cake and gator eggs - LA/OC fairs

          Hush Puppies - Uncle Andres and Baby Blues BBQ (WeHo)

          Egg Rolls - Vien Dong (OC - thanks to exilekiss for the hat tip), they use rice paper wrappers so they're extra crunchy and thin

          Ricky's Fish Tacos

          crispy pig ear - Laxy Ox - not sure if their happy hour pork belly skewers are deep fried or grilled but they are fatty delicious - I like Laxy Ox's crispy ear dish more than Animal's

          Crispy Pigs Trotter with cicoria & mustard - Osteria Mozza

          crispy morning glory salad and also the deep fried shrimp + tea leaves salad - Jitlada

          deep fried fish bones - Izayoi (only on the menu sometimes but i've caught it twice)

          chicken katsu w/curry - Small Island

          house special crab (showered in deep fried garlic) - Seafood Village, Monterrey Park

          Banh It Ram - Quan Hy (though only the bottom portion is fried

          Still need to try:

          Fried Appple Pie w/chedder ice cream - A Frame

          still in search of these perfect fried foods:

          Southern Fried Chicken
          Agedeshi Tofu
          HK style spicy Pork Chop
          I had some great fried catfish from a vendor at the UCLA Jazz & Reggae fest but can't remember the name anymore, will have to try Serving Spoon
          fritto misto, though the plate I had at Osteria Momma was very good

          5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          Baby Blues BBQ
          444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

          132 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

          Vien Dong
          14271 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove, CA 92843

          Quan Hy Restaurant
          9727 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

          Little Dom's
          2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          La Cevicheria
          3809 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

          The Serving Spoon Restaurant
          1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

          Osteria Mozza
          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          The Gorbals
          501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

          Ricky's Fish Tacos
          1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          2 Replies
          1. re: maiweezy

            also: the tater tots at The Foundry on Melrose.

            1. re: maiweezy

              Izakaya Bincho for Agedashi Tofu.

              Izakaya Bincho
              112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

            2. i am not sure if anyone will agree with me, but i love the fried fish at senor fish. you can get either fries or beans/rice and tortillas with it. i always get the fried fish and fried shrimp- you can do combos there. the thing that's gotten me so hooked on it is that i ask for a side of their enchilada sauce and i just dip it in that or various salsas. since you are from the south, not sure you'll like it like i do, but it's something that stands out for me- and i don't eat much fried food.
              the other fried thing i love - it's from the double decker truck - i can't remember the name and i haven't seen it in a while- but they have deep fried truffle mac & cheese balls.