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Aug 1, 2013 04:14 PM

Fried Chicken - tonight! - in/near the Palisades

Any place to get fried chicken (tonight) in, or nearby, Pacific Palisades (the village or Highlands)? Right now, it looks like we'll be going to Reddi-Chick in the FarmShop complex, because we don't want to drive any farther than Brentwood or southern Malibu.

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  1. OP here. Yes, I know how not so good Reddi-Chick is; but the visiting 13 year old has a craving. I'd much prefer a place like R + D, where I can get better food and alcohol, but they only have the chicken sandwich, and he wants actual fried chicken pieces.

    1. Check Farmshop in Brentwood Country Mart. Not sure if they have it every night

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      1. re: budlit

        I'm pretty sure that's a Sunday night thing; plus, as good as their chicken is, I don't want to spend the $$$ tonight. (Although I'm pretty sure I CAN get the Farmshop fried chicken to go from their prepared foods counter.)

      2. If you can go to Brentwood, The Brentwood has outstanding fried chicken.

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        1. re: Thor123

          Definitely go to The Brentwood.

          1. re: yogachik

            Brentwood has delicious fried chicken

        2. I just saw this. Been on vacation and away from the net for a while ;)

          I don't think there IS anywhere in PP that does fried chicken, now that I think about it. About five or more years ago there used to be a KFC right at the bottom of the hill. Now it's
          Rocco's Cucina. That's the thing about this part of town - overrun with pizza-pasta-salad joints.

          The one place I'm not positive about would bePinnochio Italian deli. They may have it. They have good food to go in general. But we really love the Indian place, Taj Palace. My kids crave their chicken pakoras, like fritters.

          I can't even think of a place to get some in SaMo at this point either....

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Yeah, I really can't think of any fried chicken joints in Malibu to begin with, except for the old Colonel's joint, and maybe TB's fried chicken waffles.

            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Gelson's has pretty good fried chicken.

              1. re: yogachik

                +1...sometimes on sale for $7.99. We like Ralphs too, and Albertsons...vons/pavillions not very good.

                I also don't think fried chicken is worth spending $$$ on...I've had plenty, and it's not THAT much better than the supermarket/fast food places.

                1. re: ilysla

                  The "fried chicken" I got at Bru's Wiffle was two thin boneless tenders -- thinner and wider than a tender, though -- served on a waffle. It was a good enough brunch -- the chicken was crispy and easy to cut. I liked that they gave not only syrup, but brown gravy, too, so I could alternate savory and sweet bites. Not a bad dish. But not close to what will satisfy a fried chicken craving.

                  By the way, is Bru's crazy to open an offshoot on little Santa Monica just east of Overland on the ground floor of a bank building? Who is going to go there?

                  1. re: nosh

                    Hmmm.... Maybe that's why I liked it (since I'm not a huge fan of deep fried foods, in general). So, in that sense, maybe it wouldn't be a particularly satisfying substitute.

                    Given the sizable line they have on the weekends, a second branch might actually work well for them. They also might get some decent traffic the people who work in Century City?

                    1. re: ilysla

                      The new place is too many blocks west to appeal to Century City, and way too far east for any overflow from Santa Monica. I don't know if their menu will include waffles at all. I hope they do well, but I'm glad I'm not an investor.

                      1. re: nosh

                        Good points. But maybe all the corporate types will want to decent walk to work off the fried chicken? ;) Or maybe people from the church?

                        Wonder if they were simply able to score a good lease deal since that's sort of a dead area....

                        1. re: nosh

                          That sure wouldn't have been my first through fifth choices for a second location. However, Bru's does have drawing power. That section of Wilshire where Bru's is has a lot of cafes that draw a large diverse crowd, particularly on weekends. Bru's is the big draw, and I think the other cafes get at least some overflow from those who arrive at Bru's only to find the wait too long.

                          I know people who are West LA-centric and love Bru's enough to go there regularly.

                          The main concern to me is car-related. Bad traffic and sucky parking are limiting factors in that area. If Bru's validates, it helps.

                          Most areas of LA have a solid group of breakfast/lunch cafes. The one general area that seems thin to me is from roughly LAX and Venice Blvd, the 405 to the beach - roughly what I consider the Southern hemisphere of the Westside. There's a small handful of places (Ronnie's is probably the only solid place) but nothing that would draw me out of bed. That huge swath of area could use two or three Bru's.

                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    The fried chicken emergency was last weekend, and I wound up picking it up at Gelson's in the village. It was favorably received and looked decent. I didn't have any. I think I had wine for dinner.

                    1. re: Wayno

                      Hahaha, I know those nights! Glad Gelson's could cover the's a nice store, I think they have the best service, produce & fish counter, plus meats, though you pay for it. Von's has really improved greatly in the past five years or so. Ralph's did a remodel to compete with
                      Von's but I think their service & frozen food selection stink. You can tell I'm in the stores quite often.

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          I was pretty impressed by the Gelson's in PP, and the Von's right down the hill from the Highlands is super convenient. But, our household of 2 includes 1 employee of WFM, so, although it means driving to Santa Monica, that's where most of the shopping - other than the farmers market - gets done. And, speaking of, I do hope to hit the PP farmers market today for the first time.

                          1. re: Wayno

                            I assume the comment about the PP Farmer's Market was separate and apart from desire to find fried chicken? ;)

                            I just went myself for the first time a few wks ago and liked it better than the Brentwood Farmer's Market. And you can always stop in to Maison Giraud for a croissant afterward.... ::sigh::

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                Yes. Best to go right before shopping.