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Jul 10, 2011 09:32 AM

Fried Chicken Spot in North Hollywood?

Has anybody on this board tried the friend chicken at "Otis Jackson's Soul Dog"

I'm a big friend chicken lover and for this area so far my favorite is still at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks.

I've been hearing alot of talk about the friend chicken here at "Otiis's" which I will comment on once I try.



5166 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 980-6847

Boneyard Bistro
13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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  1. Never had the fried chicken at Boneyard Bistro, but friends are not fans of it.

    But, the fried chicken at Soul Dogs while a bit salty, is very crunchy and very juicy. I think it is about $10 for any two pieces with two sides.

    Boneyard Bistro
    13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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    1. re: reality check

      Where is your go to spot in this vicinity then for Fried Chicken, would like to try other suggestions too? I wasn't a fan of Mom's BBQ fried chicken, Miss Peaches or Uncle Andre's for chicken either.

      Miss Peaches
      5643 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

      1. re: Hypnotic23

        Mom's is the only place in that area, I've had fried chicken.

        I haven't had the fried chicken at BB, either, but my friend who loves BB, thinks it's the worst item on their menu. I like the BBQ at Boneyard.

        1. re: reality check

          BB fried chicken is wonderful, per Hypnotic23

          Definitely not the cheapest you will ever eat, but definitely really good.

          Friend of mine in Calabasas always asks if I want to go out for dinner on Monday night, aka, he wants that fried chicken, and will drive that far for it.

          I can walk the 4 blocks so my interest doesn't count, by comparison, to the devotion from Calabasas.

          and their side of cole slaw suits my tastes perfectly - as in not too much mayo, with a tart sting to it. May not be everyone's, but it surely is mine.

    2. I know this may not be the foodista choice (and I'd be as guilty as the rest of you) but after trying all the aforementioned chickens, I'd say go to Popeye's. No joke. They make world class fried chicken and their red beans and rice do NOT suck. If you want to live la vida loca, put a little honey over the spicy version of the chicken, then thank me.

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      1. re: Steve2 in LA

        I agree. Popeye's Fried Chicken is fantastic.

        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Me too - if you get a good Popeye's franchise holding true to the original recipe, it's some of the best around.
          Many years ago I was with someone who was interviewing Paul Prudhomme, and she asked him what he liked to eat when he went out. He named his wife's cooking (good answer!) or a bucket of chicken from Popeye's.

      2. And please correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Otis's closed? I read something about it and instead of information about their hours on the website, there's a dire notice in Latin, only. Hmmmm?

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        1. re: Steve2 in LA

          They are closed on Sun, but I haven't heard they closed shop. They haven't been open that long, have they?

          1. re: Steve2 in LA

            I just called and spoke to one of the managers that answered the phone. They are open daily just on Sundays close at 3pm

            1. re: Hypnotic23

              The info on that other food review site, must be wrong since Soul Dogs' hours are listed as Mon-Sat 11-9pm.


              Even Soul Dogs' Facebook page has the same hours listed.

              Somebody is asleep at the computer.

              1. re: reality check

                Here's their hours from their official website, not from yelp:

                M-Sat 11AM - 9PM
                Sun 11AM - 3PM

                1. re: Hypnotic23

                  I saw Steve2's post and the Latin on the site. Guess the Opening Hours tab, has nothing do with their hours.

                  Gotta click onto the Contact Us tab, to see their hours. But, they are in charge of their Facebook page and that should be corrected.

                  1. re: reality check

                    That's not Latin. That's Lorem Ipsum, the most venerable bit of meaningless boilerplate filler in the history of printing. :-)


                    As for the chicken, I'm with Steve2 - Popeyes' Mild is wonderful southern-fried chicken of the crispy batter-dipped persuasion. Popeyes' Spicy is also excellent, when you're looking for a bit more kick.

                    And I know New Orleans expats who tell me they got their red beans'n'rice at Popeyes even when they lived in 'gator country.

                    (Trivia: It's "Popeyes", no apostrophe. Founder Al Copeland named it after Gene Hackman's character, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, in William Friedkin's 1971 film The French Connection. He later explained the lack of punctuation by saying that he was "too poor to afford an apostrophe.")

                    1. re: GlenBlank

                      Wow, good research on the Lorem ipsum, Glen. Thanks for the info. Who knew!?

                      1. re: GlenBlank

                        Hmm. As I recall Popeye Doyle only ate New York hot dogs while on stakeout. However, he was kind of fried.

                    2. re: Hypnotic23

                      Somebody has been updating/correcting their website.

                      It now shows they are not open on Sundays and the Opening Hours tab/link works!!


                      1. re: reality check

                        I was going to be in the general area on a Sun and called just to make sure. They are currently closed on Sundays but plan to start opening in September.

                2. re: Steve2 in LA

                  For a place that's closed, they had pretty good food when I ate there last night.

                  1. re: maxzook

                    I really have to somehow get out to NoHo and sample the chow at this place...especially since I "bit" the bullet (dog?) and got my rear end over to Coney Dog's to give those a whirl...

                    By the by...what did you eat last night? Is a report posted here on the LA board?

                    Otis Jackson's Soul Dog
                    5166 Lankershim Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601

                    Coney Dog
                    8873 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Pork bratwurst topped with grilled onions, cole slaw and brown mustard. The brat was excellent and had a good snap. The cole slaw was restaurant-supply standard and a messy mistake; without it the combination would have been hard to beat.

                      This was my second visit; I haven't gotten around to the fried chicken. My advice is to order the sides as sides and not as hot dog toppings (I will not be trying the dogs topped with mac and cheese, thank you.)
                      I'll certainly be back, although I won't be giving up on Vicious Dogs.

                      Vicious Dogs
                      5231 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

                      1. re: maxzook

                        what does vicious dogs do that doesn't suck? the menu is vast and the items I ordered were terrible.

                        1. re: maxzook

                          I gotta say the hot dog with the mac and cheese plopped on it was a little bit of heaven.

                          1. re: lad1818

                            It's such a natural pairing...after all we make our mac & cheese at home with added dogs all the time.

                  2. I just gave Otis Jackson's Soul Dog a try for dinner. Even spoke with the staff that told me they read the reviews on here. They took some of the salt out of the chicken to please these comments. Today was my first try, the chicken was very good, quite moist and lots of flavor. The mac n Cheese had a smokey flavor which I enjoyed too. Only downfall were the greens which were beyond salty. I went for the chicken and that was something I did enjoy. I would try it again, when in the area.