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ErikaEsau Mar 7, 2012 01:27 PM

Now that Larkin's seems to have imploded (what HAPPENED there, btw?), we need to find a place for good fried chicken in the Pasadena/Eagle Rock/Glendale area. Any suggestions?

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    nlk Mar 12, 2012 11:52 AM

    can you be more specific about what happened to larkin's? I haven't been in a while since i don't live in that part of town...

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      ErikaEsau Mar 12, 2012 12:01 PM

      nlk: We used to go to Larkin's every once in a while and we could count on their chicken being good. Two weeks ago we got a take out order of Fried Chicken, Fried Okra, and Red Beans. We should have been alerted that something had changed when they said they were out of both greens and cole slaw! (What soul food restaurant runs out of cole slaw?) When we got the order home, it was completely unsatisfactory: the chicken was way overcooked, and iits breading was way too sweet, not at all like they used to have it. The okra was also overcooked, and the beans were UNDERcooked! This was on a Wednesday night, and we got the feeling new young cooks were in charge. Does anyone out there know if the original owners have left? We haven't gone back to see if it was just an off night, but it was definitely off.

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        kevin Mar 12, 2012 01:10 PM

        they gots a mac n cheese cafe now too, so that may be it.

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          ErikaEsau Mar 12, 2012 01:26 PM

          Yes, they've always had mac n cheese, and we didn't try that last time. You're probably right--often when restaurants expand, they get worse.

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            kevin Mar 12, 2012 03:01 PM

            My bad. I meant they now have a Mac n cheese restaurant owned by the same Larkin people.

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              ErikaEsau Mar 12, 2012 03:18 PM

              Yes, Kevin, I knew what you meant. They must have sent their good people to the Mac n Cheese restaurant!

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                baloney Mar 12, 2012 03:46 PM

                Isn't Mac n Cheeza closed? Thought this happened months ago.

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                  ErikaEsau Mar 12, 2012 03:53 PM

                  Uh oh, we're probably way behind. Maybe I should start another thread about Larkin's?

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                    Peripatetic Mar 12, 2012 05:48 PM

                    Erika has made good on this threat:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838559

                    For more about Larkin's, check info posted there..

    2. ipsedixit Mar 7, 2012 08:00 PM

      Bill's in Altadena.

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        ErikaEsau Mar 7, 2012 08:12 PM

        Is that the one next to Super King (or King Super)? We have always wondered about that. Thanks for the endorsement!

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          ipsedixit Mar 7, 2012 08:55 PM

          ... and next to the Panda Express.

          Good moist chicken. Not extra crispy -- so if you like extra crunch in your fried chicken this may not be the place.

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            kevin Mar 8, 2012 06:00 PM

            bill's is next to panda express? if so, that way i can kill two birds with one stone.

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              Servorg Mar 8, 2012 06:09 PM

              Orange fried chicken?

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                kevin Mar 8, 2012 06:13 PM

                i guess, for panda express, there orange chicken is fried after all, right?

                damn, now i'm getting hungry again and i'm supposed to go on a diet for the next few days.

      2. Servorg Mar 7, 2012 02:44 PM

        Have you tried the Roscoe's in Pasadena? http://www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com/

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          ErikaEsau Mar 7, 2012 03:11 PM

          No, we haven't tried Roscoe's, even though it's very close to our house. We thought it was going to be super greasy and fast foodish...But we should give it a try!

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            Servorg Mar 7, 2012 03:16 PM

            I like Roscoe's fried chicken. My problem is that the service at Roscoe's can verge on the border of "molasses in January" slow at times...

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              ErikaEsau Mar 7, 2012 03:23 PM

              Roscoe's does take out?

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                Servorg Mar 7, 2012 03:29 PM

                That I don't know.

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                  ns1 Mar 7, 2012 03:44 PM

                  yes they do.

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                    A5 KOBE Mar 7, 2012 03:46 PM

                    mmmm...smothered chicken over minute rice

          2. wienermobile Mar 7, 2012 01:38 PM

            Look for The Ludo Bites Truck. Great fried chicken balls.
            http://www.ludolefebvre.com/ludotruck

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              ErikaEsau Mar 7, 2012 01:45 PM

              Thanks! Does Ludotrucks get over this way very often? I couldn't figure that out on the website.

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                wienermobile Mar 7, 2012 01:49 PM

                You can find them on their twitter account:
                http://twitter.com/#!/ludotruck

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                ns1 Mar 7, 2012 02:36 PM

                found LudoBites heavily, heavily overrated and expensive.

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                  namstermonster Mar 7, 2012 02:38 PM

                  ditto on that sentiment. not good at all.

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                    ErikaEsau Mar 7, 2012 03:18 PM

                    While I haven't tried LudoBites, I have tried a lot of "gourmet" food trucks, and I agree. They are often very overrated, and VERY pricey!

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                      matikin9 Mar 7, 2012 03:46 PM

                      Did you try them before or after they changed their menu?

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                        ns1 Mar 7, 2012 03:51 PM

                        had some balls and fries and found them both lacking, never went back. $14 down the drain.

                        I'll stick to LudoBites x.0

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                      magiccat Mar 10, 2012 05:22 PM

                      When you speak of fried chicken "balls," I presume you mean testicles. Is this correct?

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                        ns1 Mar 10, 2012 08:08 PM

                        no, it's like a chicken thigh (aka dark meat) formed into a ball then coated with breading and fried.

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                          ipsedixit Mar 10, 2012 08:39 PM

                          Ludo's rip of Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken.

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                            condiment Mar 11, 2012 01:29 AM

                            I would bet everything I own that Ludo has never even heard of Taiwanese popcorn chicken.

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                              ipsedixit Mar 11, 2012 12:52 PM

                              Don't be so sure.

                              As long as he's been in Southern CA (beginning with his days at L'Orangerie), I'm sure he's been to more than one Taiwanese boba joint.

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                              matikin9 Mar 12, 2012 09:55 AM

                              I've had lots of Taiwanese popcorn chicken, and Ludo's balls are nothing like popcorn chicken. The balls are battered whereas popcorn chicken is "breaded" with sweet potato starch. The spices used are also completely different.

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                                ipsedixit Mar 13, 2012 06:51 AM

                                It's really the concept, and less the execution.

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                            wienermobile Mar 10, 2012 10:50 PM

                            Here is a look at the chicken balls:
                            http://midtownlunch.com/los-angeles/2...

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