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FRIED CHICKEN NIGHT AT BOUCHON

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Thor123 Aug 14, 2013 03:40 PM

Went Monday. Had taken out once before. Ate on the patio which was nice. The fried chicken was good, but not sure it lives up to its hype. For example, I think The Brentwood and The Ivy are at least as good. That said, I would go back. Who do you think does the best high end fried chicken?

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    kevin Aug 14, 2013 03:43 PM

    FarmShop in Brentwood was pretty good when I went a few years back and had the Sunday only fried chicken meal. though whether it is worth $50 a person is another story.

    Then maybe more than a few months I tried their cold fried chicken in the market section of the restaurant and now market and it was truly disgusting.

    Other than that I have not had upmarket fried chicken recently.

    But I still quite enjoy Flossie's in Torrance but thats not what you are looking for.

    And Cynthia's went out of business a few years back.

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      chrishei Aug 14, 2013 04:09 PM

      Agree w/ Farmshop. It's good, but not worth the price. I'm much happier eating my Flossie's or Jim Dandy, both of which I prefer regardless of price (disclaimer: I love hood fried chicken).

      Plan Check's is also very good - that's like mid-end I suppose. Maybe try AOC's version?

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        kevin Aug 14, 2013 04:14 PM

        Even better would be hood chili cheeseburgers topped with pastrami.

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          chrishei Aug 14, 2013 04:19 PM

          Please kevin, not in public...

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            kevin Aug 14, 2013 04:21 PM

            What ? What did I do ?

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          aching Aug 15, 2013 09:10 AM

          I tried and liked AOC's fried chicken very much - and I don't usually like fried chicken. However, you should know going in that it's not traditional fried chicken - the pieces are small and boneless IIRC, and it's quite spicy.

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            Servorg Aug 15, 2013 09:13 AM

            Sounds like karaage style chicken.

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              aching Sep 1, 2013 04:02 PM

              I had it again today - this time for brunch, served with jamon on a cornmeal waffle. Truly fantastic.

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                maudies5 Sep 1, 2013 04:58 PM

                Sounds great and no nasty collard greens.

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                  aching Sep 3, 2013 12:14 PM

                  It was truly delicious - I can't wait to go back and have it again.

                  Here's a photo if you want to see what it looks like:

                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/27309894...

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            latindancer Aug 14, 2013 11:41 PM

            There are times when I've craved Cynthia's fried chicken over the years since she left.
            Damn that was good.

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              jessejames Aug 15, 2013 08:41 AM

              a few doors down from the old cynthias (now, improved son of a gun) is joans on third where they do excellent fried chicken a few nights a week. I always thought cynthias overrated but i prefer the bones, drumsticks, wings etc so maybe just not my style...moot now. but try it at joans (i think it is a special one or two days a week).

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                latindancer Aug 15, 2013 01:18 PM

                I also love the fried chicken at Joan's.

                In fact, I love everything at Joan's....one of my favorite 'go-to' places in LA.

                One of the greater entertainments in LA (plus the food and fried chicken) was Cynthia, herself, as she'd sway and loudly converse with all the patrons.
                She was something else.

          3. Servorg Aug 15, 2013 03:23 AM

            We thought the fried chicken we had a Westside Tavern was very good, and when you factor in the price it was excellent. The difficulty is that it's a special, so there is no telling when they will have it without calling or lucking into it.

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              chowseeker1999 Aug 15, 2013 09:17 AM

              but how does it compare with your favorite Pann's? :>

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                Servorg Aug 15, 2013 09:42 AM

                They are different, but I do like them both. Thicker coating on the one at Westside Tavern with more spice in the batter. Pann's tends to have a very thin and crispy coating (probably it gets darker and with more of a crisp skin because of the thinness of the batter). Also at Pann's I probably order the wings only about 5 to 1 over the fried chicken dinner and I probably order the patty melt about 3 to 1 over the wings.

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              maudies5 Aug 15, 2013 10:21 AM

              Had the fried chicken at Bouchon a couple of Mondays ago. I loved it. There were 4 of us. Three ordered the chicken dinner and one ordered mussels. There is plenty of chicken served. We brought 2 pieces home for lunch the next day. So far, Bouchon's fried chicken is my favorite, although I do agree that The Brentwood and Ivy also serve good versions. I didn't care for the side of collard greens at Bouchon. Better sides at Ivy and Brentwood.

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                kevin Aug 15, 2013 10:42 AM

                What are the sides at The Ivy ?

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                  maudies5 Aug 15, 2013 11:16 AM

                  grilled Corn, Sautéed Spinach & Fresh Mango Chutney

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                    maudies5 Aug 15, 2013 11:28 AM

                    Sounded so good I made a reservation for tonight:)

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                      maudies5 Aug 15, 2013 10:00 PM

                      Ivy at the Shore was wonderful. Delicious cocktails, sweet service and great food. Angry at myself for not going there more often. Here is what we ordered
                      Starters:
                      -Bowl of fresh corn chowder..so good and spicy
                      -Caesar Salad... terrific
                      -Shrimp tacos with homemade tortillas, black beans,avocado,fresh salsa, rice.
                      -Grilled lime chicken breast served with cauliflower puree and choice of other veggies
                      -Split the incredible Key Lime Pie.
                      Check was $140 with tax, tip.
                      I remember when Ivy was expensive. The rest of the world caught up and now it is a good value. Restaurant was packed. Can't wait to return

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                        kevin Aug 15, 2013 11:55 PM

                        Dope. Sounds grrrrreat Madious.

                        I'm going to hit it up soon.

                        Thanks for the update.

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                          manku Aug 16, 2013 12:47 AM

                          I agree the Ivy is no longer crazy expensive compared to competition...however, if I eat a caesar, shrimp tacos and a half a slice of key lime pie, $70 is hardly "a good value"!

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                            maudies5 Aug 16, 2013 12:58 AM

                            I neglected to mention the two margaritas and one beer

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                              kevin Aug 16, 2013 03:09 AM

                              And each margarita is 17 big ones. :)

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                    Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 11:39 AM

                    Agree. I substituted fries, which were good not great.

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                      yogachik Aug 15, 2013 03:46 PM

                      Agree, I don't like the sides served with the Bouchon Fried Chicken (which I try to get to once a month, now that they do it twice a month and it's easier to get in, and just sit at the bar without a reservation). It's big enough for two to share, especially if one likes white meat, the other likes dark.

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                        yogachik Sep 1, 2013 05:29 PM

                        I was there this past Monday and they changed the sides, a corn salad (instead of corn on the cob), and a potato/bread mixture that I didn't like but my friend did. I ordered the Haricot Vert which I loved, as my side dish

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                      KTLA Aug 15, 2013 01:02 PM

                      Chei Soi, Mark Gold's fried chicken with side of fries for $18 (half a chicken). Tought to beat. On Sunday's he may have $30 for all the fried chicken and beer you can eat/drink!

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                        kevin Aug 15, 2013 01:09 PM

                        Is the AYCE fried chicken only on some Sunday evenings ????

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                          KTLA Aug 15, 2013 01:48 PM

                          Not sure. Call to check.

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                            FranklinJefferson Sep 2, 2013 11:11 AM

                            Irrelevant now, already shuttered...

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                              kevin Sep 2, 2013 11:34 AM

                              Chez Soi is already defunct ????

                              Wow.

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                                TripleAxel Sep 3, 2013 02:12 PM

                                http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/08/...

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