Did Golden Bird Fried Chicken go out of business?
As I was driving down La Brea in Inglewood the other day it appeared the Golden Bird franchise just south of the Ralph's market had closed down. It appears some of the others have closed down too.
When I tried the company's website over the period of a week the server can't be found. I'm surprised I haven't heard word the company shut down (at least I haven't heard that news). Although it might have not been the greatest fried chicken, it was okay by me and they were around here in L.A. for so long.
I never really liked the La Brea location, their fried chicken was way too greasy for me.
However, the golden bird on Crenshaw and 29th is still open and (last time I checked) serves the crispiest moistest, most flavorful chicken I've ever had.
I actually got so worried about your post that I had to drive by tonight just to make sure it was still around.
Slightly off topic, but since you mentioned it, what do you consider the greatest fried chicken?
re: Butter Fight
The Golden Bird on Crenshaw and 29th clearly has a relationship with the Golden Bird Company, but also functions quite independently. They serve off menu items all the time, including bbq'ing chicken and sausage links in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. I have no insight into whether the Golden Bird company is or is not in business. But, whether the Crenshaw one remains open might not tell us much about the centralized functioning or otherwise of the company as a whole...
You might give D.U.T.C. Grill in Gardena a call. They used to serve the Golden Bird recipe. LACO health dept listing shows 'Golden Bird' at this address so DUTC may just be a DBA.
14903 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249
AFAIK this place has always been and is still called D.U.T.C. Grill. Sometime after they opened the Golden Bird recipe / franchise was added - maybe an ownership change?
Chris Cognac did a review on his old Hungry Detective column; unfortunately the old content disappeared when he converted it to a blog: http://hungrydetective.wordpress.com/
At any rate, Google still shows its placemark title as 'Dare U Too Care Grill'. Confusing, Yes.