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Fried chicken in LA?

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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    1. re: wienermobile

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

      1. re: wienermobile

        found LudoBites heavily, heavily overrated and expensive.

        1. re: ns1

          ditto on that sentiment. not good at all.

          1. re: ns1

            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!

            1. re: ns1

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

              1. re: matikin9

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

                I'll stick to LudoBites x.0

            2. re: wienermobile

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

              1. re: magiccat

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

                1. re: ns1

                  Ludo's rip of Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

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

                    1. re: condiment

                      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.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      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.

                      1. re: matikin9

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

                  1. re: Servorg

                    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!

                    1. re: ErikaEsau

                      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...

                            1. re: ns1

                              mmmm...smothered chicken over minute rice

                      1. re: ipsedixit

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

                        1. re: ErikaEsau

                          ... 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.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

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

                              1. re: Servorg

                                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. 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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                        1. re: nlk

                          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.

                          1. re: ErikaEsau

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

                            1. re: kevin

                              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.

                              1. re: ErikaEsau

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

                                1. re: kevin

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

                                  1. re: ErikaEsau

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

                                    1. re: baloney

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

                                      1. re: ErikaEsau

                                        Erika has made good on this threat:

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

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