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fried chicken for a party

don took Jul 21, 2013 02:21 PM

I'm looking for the best take out fried chicken in los angeles.....for a party. I need 20 to 30 pieces of high quality (not over breaded) chicken that's a cut or two above KFC. Can anyone recommend a restaurant that would fry up a fresh batch of chicken for a party?

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    duck55 RE: don took Jul 21, 2013 02:37 PM

    I love Golden Bird on Crenshaw, although there's a more-than-modest amount of breading (which works in this case). Ask for Earl.

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      TracyS RE: don took Jul 21, 2013 05:46 PM

      Honey's Kettle

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        chrishei RE: don took Jul 21, 2013 08:24 PM

        Jim Dandy


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          mstinawu RE: chrishei Jul 22, 2013 11:35 AM

          Flossie's is great--not just for fried chicken, but all their sides are pretty stellar as well.

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            CastironJim RE: chrishei Jul 23, 2013 05:31 PM

            I also can recommend Jim Dandy Fried Chicken on Vermont just north of the 105 Fwy. Their fried chicken rocks and the fritters are ridiculously good.
            I only get two piece meals but they have big bucket specials that are very modestly priced.

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              nosh RE: CastironJim Jul 24, 2013 01:10 AM

              +1 for Jim Dandy. A bit of a haul, but really good -- take-out only. Big batches very reasonably priced. Those fritters, with corn but powdered-sugar dusted so a bit sweet, are indeed amazing when hot and fresh.

              Otherwise, for a party, depends whether an Albertson's or a Popeye's is closer to you.

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            Jase RE: don took Jul 21, 2013 08:56 PM

            Pann's fries up all their chicken fresh. Pann's is a board favorite for fried chicken and they're pretty accommodating.

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              banjoboy RE: don took Jul 22, 2013 01:52 PM

              What part of town are you in? I would think distance from fryer to your front door would be a significant factor.

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                don took RE: banjoboy Jul 22, 2013 02:17 PM

                Eagle rock/pasadena area......but it's OK if the chicken is at room temp. That's why I didn't want anything too heavily breaded that has to be eaten piping hot, but is rather revolting when cool. I love Honey's Kettle-fried, but their crunchy batter, which holds in all that succulent juiciness, turns to brittle blah when it cools down......

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                  banjoboy RE: don took Jul 23, 2013 09:32 AM

                  Then I'm going to go along with Jase and recommend Pann's.

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                    jessejames RE: banjoboy Jul 23, 2013 10:39 AM

                    I'm not a fan of Panns and I know reasonable minds can differ but shlepping there and back from Eagle Rock wouldn't do it for me. A cut above KFC and, in my opinion, Panns and many other spots--Popeyes. Haven't been to this location but theres one on 2900 Colorado Blvd. Extra crispy.

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                      Thor123 RE: jessejames Jul 23, 2013 11:15 AM

                      I have not tried it, but I have actually heard that Albertson's market does very good fried chicken.

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                        happybaker RE: Thor123 Jul 23, 2013 09:44 PM

                        The hubby and I are big fan's of Albertson's fried chicken. Way better than KFC.

                        Sadly, since the one in Glendale closed, I think the closest for the OP is the one on Hillhurst, in Los Feliz.

                        Gee, maybe he'll have to go and get a sample batch, just to make sure... : )

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                        Will Owen RE: jessejames Jul 23, 2013 11:22 AM

                        I am a big fan of Pann's, but the problem with their chicken is that when it's boxed up hot, the condensation as it cools gets the crust all soggy and blah. And I'm not sure they'd be willing to set your order out to cool in the open before putting it in containers.

                        We have a Popeye's near me on North Lake; I've tried their hot version and was deeply disappointed, so today (Tuesday Special!!) I'm going to give their regular a whirl. I'm still in mourning for KFC's long gone Hot'n'Spicy Extra Crispy …

                2. SIMIHOUND RE: don took Jul 23, 2013 11:28 AM

                  If it doesnt have to be a restaurant use Albertsons. There has been much discussion on the board about this topic. I also found this.


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                    carter RE: don took Jul 23, 2013 03:43 PM

                    Popeye's. Truly one of the best versions, and if you go on Tuesday nights to take to the Hollywood Bowl, it is seemingly being given away.
                    No kidding either!

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                      ns1 RE: carter Jul 23, 2013 05:41 PM

                      1.29 for 2 pieces, at some locations avail on Tues AND Thurs.

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                      ns1 RE: don took Jul 23, 2013 05:38 PM

                      If you're willing to try different, Ramen Jinya sells their karaage chicken in bulk and it's delicious.

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                        carter RE: ns1 Jul 23, 2013 08:42 PM

                        you better be in Studio City as it is the only one still open.
                        But based on the ramen in that location, cannot imagine the chicken being good, as the ramen was dishwater awful.

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                          ns1 RE: carter Jul 23, 2013 08:48 PM

                          The chicken is awesome. crispy and tender.

                          Sometimes I'll get a Tokyo curry and 5pc chicken; eat 2pc as appetizer and then throw the rest in the curry for an improvised chicken katsu curry.

                          You must have some really tasty dishwasher water.

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                            linus RE: ns1 Jul 23, 2013 09:35 PM

                            now i feel stupid. i never saw past the ramen. the lunch crowd scares me, but maybe ill go for the curry if its good.
                            the dishwater ramen is darn tasty.

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                              ns1 RE: linus Jul 23, 2013 09:46 PM

                              The menu has changed a lot in the past year.

                              Re: lunch - they do a brisk takeout business and that's how I usually order

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                          Dommy RE: ns1 Jul 23, 2013 10:44 PM

                          Good suggestion!! I've brought trays of Hawaiian Fried Chicken from Back Home to parties and it's always been a hit!


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                          Clinton RE: don took Jul 23, 2013 06:14 PM

                          Golden Bird is the tastiest when hot. Cold GB is lardy and full of grease. Still the best chicken though!

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                            happybaker RE: don took Jul 23, 2013 09:49 PM

                            Since you are in Eagle Rock, what about Dinah's, on San Fernando? Not dirt cheap but very tasty.

                            My biggest complaint is the odd cuts : |


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