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Confession: I like fried food and...

orythedog Jan 20, 2011 10:33 AM

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

  1. A5 KOBE Jan 26, 2011 03:14 PM

    Chả giò at Golden Deli
    Carne Asada Flautas at Tacos San Pedro
    Fried Rice at Happy Harbour

    1. ipsedixit Jan 26, 2011 02:34 PM

      Donuts at Donut Man

      Popcorn chicken at Pa Pa Walk

      Potato Latkes at The Park

      Taro sesame balls at Sea Harbour

      Portuguese Croquette at Wood Spoon

      Housemade potato chips at Elements Cafe

      1. J.L. Jan 26, 2011 09:07 AM

        Fried onion rings at Umami Burger.

        Tempura sweet potatoes at Place Yuu (Sawtelle).

        Speaking of tempura:

        Place Yuu
        2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        Umami Burger
        850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. c
          crystaw Jan 25, 2011 11:13 PM

          The fried egg rolls at Golden Deli in San Gabriel are big, crispy, and delish. I'm not really into fried chicken (I know, I'm weird) but the "drunken chicken" at Biergarten in Koreatown is quite tasty.

          Golden Deli
          815 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

          206 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

          1. westsidegal Jan 25, 2011 09:54 PM

            the terrific mojarra frita whole deep fried tilapia served at Mariscos Chente in inglewood on imperial highway near Yukon.

            be sure to call before you go to make sure that sergio is cooking that day.
            (they'll probably answer the phone in spanish, but once they know that you only speak english they'll find an english-speaker to talk with you.)

            Mariscos Chente
            4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            1. wienermobile Jan 25, 2011 05:13 PM

              The Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls at North End Cafe in Manhattan Beach are wonderful.

              North End Cafe
              3713 Highland Ave Ste 1, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

              1. c
                Clyde Jan 25, 2011 01:46 PM

                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.

                1. m
                  maiweezy Jan 25, 2011 11:08 AM

                  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
                    maiweezy Jan 25, 2011 09:27 PM

                    also: the tater tots at The Foundry on Melrose.

                    1. re: maiweezy
                      baloney Jan 26, 2011 05:54 AM

                      Izakaya Bincho for Agedashi Tofu.

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

                    2. j
                      JBC Jan 20, 2011 12:13 PM

                      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. Baron Jan 20, 2011 11:24 AM

                        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. sku Jan 20, 2011 10:51 AM

                          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

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