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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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  1. 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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    1. re: kevin

      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?

      1. re: chrishei

        Even better would be hood chili cheeseburgers topped with pastrami.

        1. re: chrishei

          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.

          1. re: aching

            Sounds like karaage style chicken.

            1. re: aching

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

              1. re: aching

                Sounds great and no nasty collard greens.

                1. re: maudies5

                  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:


          2. re: kevin

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

            1. re: latindancer

              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).

              1. re: jessejames

                I also love the fried chicken at Joan's.

                In fact, I love everything at Joan' 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. 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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            1. re: Servorg

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

              1. re: chowseeker1999

                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.

            2. 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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              1. re: maudies5

                What are the sides at The Ivy ?

                1. re: kevin

                  grilled Corn, Sautéed Spinach & Fresh Mango Chutney

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Sounded so good I made a reservation for tonight:)

                    1. re: maudies5

                      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
                      -Bowl of fresh corn 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

                      1. re: maudies5

                        Dope. Sounds grrrrreat Madious.

                        I'm going to hit it up soon.

                        Thanks for the update.

                        1. re: maudies5

                          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"!

                          1. re: manku

                            I neglected to mention the two margaritas and one beer

                            1. re: maudies5

                              And each margarita is 17 big ones. :)

                  2. re: maudies5

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

                    1. re: maudies5

                      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.

                      1. re: yogachik

                        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

                    2. 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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                      1. re: KTLA

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

                          1. re: KTLA

                            Irrelevant now, already shuttered...

                            1. re: FranklinJefferson

                              Chez Soi is already defunct ????