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FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for January is Fried Foods.

Here's a link to the voting thread:

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of fried foods. Anything fried is fair game (even things like shank or kibbeh). And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find fried foods that you've been to in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories of some deep-fried caloric bomb is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating fried foods.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Happy New Year.

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  1. Too bad there are no county fairs on right now. That's where all the interesting fried foods are.

    1. Deep fried only or does pan fried also count?

      Just had the panfried buns at Shanghai No 1 Seafood Village. Excellent. Still thin well fried bun with a good amount of soup/juice in the middle.

      Place was packed and the wait was 1 hour. The shocking thing is they apologized multiple times for the wait and brought out a plate of sesame jello for the people waiting. I can honestly say I don't think I have ever seen this done at a Chinese restaurant before. Stay classy SN1.

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      1. re: Porthos

        heh. sesame jello sounds like a punishment to me.

          1. re: Porthos

            Deep fried only or does pan fried also count?

            I say it's all good!

            Happy new year, P.

          2. Had Fish and Chips at Seasalt Fish Grill in Santa Monica yesterday and it was pretty darn good. $10.95 for 3 large pieces. Nice place to have in Santa Monica.

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            1. I just love fried tofu. Soft and delicious recently at Thai Patio and also Streets of India, but I guess Alamo anywhere. Recommended!

              1. "Fried" rice.


                Arroz con pollo with tostones at Bella Cuba Costa Mesa.

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                1. Had the crab cakes at Ivy At The Shore as an appetizer on NYE. Definitely fried and definitely delicious.

                  1. New Years day had Brent's Deli Homemade Kreplach, Jewish s dumplings filled with ground meat fried to a deep Golden Brown and grilled with White Onions. So good.

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                        1. re: Tripeler

                          I wish it was

                          Cantors and greenblatts don't do em fried.

                    1. Has anyone ever tried Chicken fried bacon? Can you find this in LA? It's bacon strips dredged in batter and deep fried, like chicken fried steak. It is an American dish that was introduced in Texas in the early 1990s. It is usually served as an appetizer with cream gravy or sausage gravy for dipping and sauce.

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        muddy leak in culver city has it on menu...


                        i haven't tried it before

                      2. My favorite fried food in LA is at North End Cafe in Manhattan Beach. Their ahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls
                        3 pieces order $10 ($3.75 for one, $7 for two) It's the best!

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                          1. re: wienermobile

                            I love that deadly thing... There is a version at Louie's of Mar Vista (owned by the same folks) and it's close... but not quite as good... too much Cabbage and the dipping sauce is different... But still one of the best egg rolls out there...


                          2. I love fried calamari and fried oysters. Any recommendations?

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                            1. re: wienermobile

                              i love the fried squid at newport can tang seafood in santa ana--so fucking crispy and delicious...and (shocker) it goes well with house special lobster.

                              i have yet to find good fried oysters in la in the normal style but i do love the ones at chinois on main with the salmon eggs and curry sauce

                                1. re: Ernie

                                  Have to give that a try. Hillstone's sister joint, Honor Bar, has a great fried chicken sandwich.

                                  1. re: Thor123

                                    as does Son Of A Gun. My favorite fried chicken sandwich, with Plan Check as #2.

                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      The Son of A Gun fried chicken sandwich:

                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        The Plan Check Fried Chicken Sandwich

                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                          OMG, that's some food porn right there.... SOAG has the Best FCS in the city.....

                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            Loved the flavor profile but could not get over the fact that Son of a Gun's chicken was cold!

                                            And the waiter even confirmed it was supposed to be cold.

                                            1. re: set0312

                                              Funny, I don't remember the sandwich being served cold?

                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                When I ordered it, it was for a to go order, so I don't know. I ate it about four hours later, never refrigerated it, and it was incredible.

                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                  I ordered it to go last night. It was warm but not as good as I remembered. Sort of disappointing.

                                        2. re: wienermobile

                                          I have been planning to try Plan Check's fried chicken but keep getting side tracked.

                                        3. re: Thor123

                                          Yes, love Honor Bar's chicken sandwich too

                                    2. re: wienermobile

                                      fried oyster sliders @ littlefork

                                        1. re: orythedog

                                          Also available at Corn Dog Castle in California Adventure.

                                      1. In-N-Out fries with lunch today. The secret is to order them light-well. Regular is too limp and well is too done to the point of being potato sticks and not fries.

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                                        1. re: JAB

                                          wait wait wait, THEY'LL DO LIGHT-WELL!???~


                                          NEW ORDER!!~

                                          Double Single, add patty, x toast bun, both kinds of onions, animal style
                                          fries light-well
                                          large lemonade
                                          chocolate shake

                                          1. re: ns1

                                            I like my In N' Out fries well (a little crispy), they will also do extra well that come out like potato chips sticks.

                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                              Well got me potato sticks too many times. I've had pretty good luck with light-well. Crispy on the outside but, still moist on the inside.

                                          2. re: JAB

                                            Minus one on their fries. I guess folks like them tho

                                            1. re: jessejames

                                              Speaking about fries I do love those wurstkuche Belgium fries…. and the fries at Langer's too.

                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                I love the langers ones too little harpoons for stray pastrami and kraut!

                                                Jar has great fries.

                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                  Ive only eaten at Langers 3 times...each time i thought the fries were a bummer..struck me as frozen crinkle cut...the worst!

                                                    1. re: lapizzamaven

                                                      I guess i like frozen crinkle cut. Some like in n out too but u don't like those so I understand. I think jar has the best.

                                                    2. re: wienermobile

                                                      Wurstkuche's are my favorite in the city. So good when right.

                                                2. I had Ricky's Fish Tacos yesterday for the first time. Both the fish and shrimp are the best I've had in Los Angeles. The fish was pretty close to what I remember having in Ensenada, though that was a few years ago.

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                                                  1. re: jsandler

                                                    Yes Ricky's is great. Have not been since he got his new truck. Is there a larger menu now? How busy was it?

                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                      I was there around 1 pm and there was no wait and around 5 other parties eating.

                                                      The entire menu consisted of shrimp and fish tacos and a really good cucumber and mint agua fresca.

                                                  2. Tempura / tendon: Hannosuke (West LA Mistsuwa food court) is still on my regular rotation, AND they've expanded their menu!

                                                    1. Not last month, not last year, not once upon a time, but tonight at Vientiane in Westminster. Deep fried pork strips listed as pork jerky. Toothsome, flavorful, and delicious. Gratuitous shot of the excellent boat noodles here. Not as dense and salty as Sapp's version which I like. Means I can actually drink the soup without being struck with insatiable thirst for 6 hours.

                                                      1. Crispy sweet breads at Little Sparrow in Santa Ana this evening. Just aight'. No comparison to the sweet breads at LQ which blew me away.

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                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                          Thoughts on Little Sparrow? Been thinking about giving it a go.

                                                          1. re: set0312

                                                            Not worth it for dinner. Maybe for drinks and bar food.

                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                              Orange Coast Restaurant if the year. WTF do I know. I wasn't crazy about Park Avenue another of their Restaurants of the Year either.

                                                        2. Had the fried cauliflower at Spice Table in December...love that dish. If restaurant re-opens, hope that dish will continue at new location.

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                                                          1. re: foufou

                                                            Rustic Canyon had a similar item on their old menu that was great, don't know if they still offer it.

                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                              The fried cauliflower left Rustic Canyon with Evan Funke. I recall seeing it at Funke's new restaurant, Bucato.

                                                          2. New Year's Eve found me at Jar, and I had the spectacularly great Fried Green (heirloom) Tomatoes - was one of the specials. Served with vinegar.

                                                            Don't forget - that Honor Bar Fried Chicken Sandwich is also offered at R+D Kitchen in Santa Monica.

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                                                            1. re: yogachik

                                                              I absolutely LOVE the fried green tomatoes at Rosewood Tavern--they have a subtle spice, a vinegary bite, and a nice lump of burrata on top.

                                                            2. Fried zucchini at Good Stuff.

                                                              1. Deep fried pumpkin dumplings at Hakkasan Miami. Exterior is like mochi. Inside filled with minced veggies. Not bad for a vegetarian dumpling.

                                                                1. Not new at all for me, but another trip to Anarbagh in Woodland Hills involved both meat and veggie samosas and chicken pakoras. Like always, the people and service were very good and friendly; the food was inexpensive and delicious, including those appetizers. The potato stuffing in the veggie samosas might be just a tad bit thin and the meat in the meat a tad bit dry for some -- but these are very minor quibbles. The chicken pakora is near perfect. FWIW, Anarbagh (Woodland Hills) is still my favorite Indian place in my neck of the woods. (Near the 101 between the 405 and the hill down to Camarillo.)

                                                                  1. Uni cream croquette with uni cream sauce at Maruhide Uni Club (pictured in the background) honestly I was craving more uni flavor which seemed to be lost, cooked to perfection but not the strongest dish at Uni Club

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                                                                    1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                      Uh screw what's in the background, what is that in the foreground?!?!

                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                        Uni ikura bowl regular size, what blew my mind was all the fresh uni of different sizes and flavor..one tongue was close to 5 inches. Not to mention the uni tamagoyaki.

                                                                        1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                          Guess I gotta make that trip down to Torrance soon...

                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                              Bring a cooler you'll be spending a lot more on Maruhide uni products and trays of amazing uni as you leave.

                                                                        2. re: Xan7hos

                                                                          Thanks Xan.

                                                                          how fresh would you say the uni was? i'm really sensitive to the overly fishy / brininess of uni when it's not the freshest.

                                                                          1. re: chowseeker1999

                                                                            Well they get their shipments from Long Beach from items harvested among San Diego and Santa Barbara..so very local. If you still have doubts you can preorder a whole live sea urchin.

                                                                        3. popcorn chicken at Bull Demon King

                                                                          1. Has any one done the A-Frame all you can eat fried chicken? Tell me more….

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                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                              A Frame ALL YOU CAN EAT
                                                                              FRIED CHICKEN PICNIC
                                                                              Krispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken
                                                                              14 per person

                                                                              Add An Endless Hite
                                                                              10 per person
                                                                              Available Sat & Sun 12-3p and Mon 5-11p

                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                Isn't A-Frame's AYCE fried chicken legs and thighs only?

                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                  It is quite good and a good bargain. Chicken super tender and I now use lemon/ranch/hot sauce as typical accoutrements for fried chicken.

                                                                                  Fwiw I ate 4 pieces and tapped out.

                                                                              2. I'm waiting for this thread to really take off, because although I'm not in LA, I acquired a deep fryer over the holidays (CoolDaddy Elite, woo hoo!) & I need inspiration. So far, my son has made several batches of fried chicken, but I can't really think of stuff I want to fry.

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                                                                                1. re: thistle5

                                                                                  Onion rings! Or onion strings...

                                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                                    That sounds good...how about Brussel sprouts (I have a big bag), can you fry them? Battered, plain? I think I saw something about Paul Qui's Brussel sprouts tossed w/ fish sauce & chiles, but I don't know if they were fried...

                                                                                    1. re: thistle5

                                                                                      Twinkies are excellent fried. Avocado also.

                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                        My kid mentioned Oreos, & avocados? Big chunks (or I'd be afraid they'd dissolve)?

                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                            Here is a list of the winning fried food from the Texas State Fair if you want to try any in your frier.
                                                                                            2013 Most Creative Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
                                                                                            2013 Best Taste Deep-Fried Cuban Roll
                                                                                            2012 Most Creative Deep Fried Jambalaya
                                                                                            2012 Best Taste Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
                                                                                            2011 Most Creative Fried Bubblegum
                                                                                            2011 Best Taste Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack
                                                                                            2010 Most Creative Fried Beer™
                                                                                            2010 Best Taste Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie
                                                                                            2009 Most Creative Deep Fried Butter
                                                                                            2009 Best Taste Fernie's Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
                                                                                            2008 Most Creative Fried Banana Split
                                                                                            2008 Best Taste Chicken Fried Bacon
                                                                                            2007 Most Creative Deep Fried Latte
                                                                                            2007 Best Taste Texas Fried Cookie Dough
                                                                                            2006 Most Creative Fried Coke
                                                                                            2006 Best Taste Fried Praline Perfection
                                                                                            2005 Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream
                                                                                            2005 Best Taste Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich

                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                              I have got to know what 'Most Creative Fried Beer' is! Now, most of the rest of them, take it or leave it, (although I'm intrigued by Cuban roll & jambalaya)

                                                                                          2. re: thistle5

                                                                                            I had the deep fried avocado at the Del Mar Fair a few years ago and it was amazing. They fried slices of avocado and they seemed to hold up really well.

                                                                                            1. re: Jelly71

                                                                                              I noticed that they had avocado fries at Bru's Counter when I tried it this weekend - I definitely will be back to try those!

                                                                                              1. re: aching

                                                                                                I looked at the online menu for the new Bru's Counter -- No waffles? And prices seemed high -- all salads and sandwiches slightly over $10.

                                                                                    2. re: thistle5

                                                                                      Deep fried mars bars with Irn-bru

                                                                                      1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                        Alright, if I can substitute Snickers w/ a beer batter, I'm in...

                                                                                        1. re: thistle5

                                                                                          In scotland a Mars is essentially a snickers as I recall.

                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                            No the Mars Bar is a very different and much better candy bar, The American version was discontinued in 2002 and was replaced with the slightly different Snickers Almond. The US version of the Mars bar was relaunched in January 2010 and is initially being sold on an exclusive basis through Walmart stores but I don't know if they still make it. Too bad.

                                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                i think the marathon bar was replaced by snickers. a mars bar is equivalent to a milky way & a milky way is a three musketeers. Unfortunately, there are no aero bars.

                                                                                          2. re: thistle5

                                                                                            if you peel your potatoes, consider deep frying the peels.

                                                                                          3. I've had two fried chicken sandwiches in the past week: Ding's Crispy Chicken Sandwich from R+D Kitchen in Santa Monica and the Crispy Chicken Chipotle Patso from the newly opened Bru's Counter in Westwood. Ding's is my absolute favorite sandwich right now (I've had about six in the last few months), and though it was fun to try a different one at Bru's, their version did not displace R+D's in my heart. R+D's strikes the perfect balance between bread, chicken, and slaw (with a bit of Swiss cheese for good measure). Bru's was a little too much bread for the amount of chicken, and needed more chipotle mayo to moisten it up (next time I'll ask for extra).

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                                                                                              1. re: aching


                                                                                                Isn't Ding's Crispy Sandwich what Houston's calls their offering?

                                                                                                1. re: orythedog

                                                                                                  I don't know about Houston's, but it's available at R+D Kitchen and South Beverly Grill (both Hillstone restaurants, as is Houston's).

                                                                                              2. Firstly, I hate Fried Foods DOM as I'm now realizing how much fried foods I eat. Besides what I've already posted:

                                                                                                Friday lunch - well done chili fries from the Hat. No cheese, no pastrami no nada. (sorry ipse)

                                                                                                Saturday dinner - I did it, flash fried shank aka El Puerco Primo at Habana, Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                Sunday Dim Sum - Ham Sui Gok & pan fried Law Bock Gow at Seafood Paradise, Westminster.

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                                                                                                1. re: JAB

                                                                                                  I read flash fried shank as flash fried shark, & it sounded pretty good, French fries are always awesome (but not the same cooked at home), & I know fried foods aren't really good for me...it's a dilemma.

                                                                                                  1. re: thistle5

                                                                                                    Probably not the best choice for a January DOM for those with New Years resolutions to watch their weight, eat healthy etc...

                                                                                                  2. Ludo bites chicken strips and chicken sandwich at staples. Weak. No salt. Breading didn't stick like chicken was frozen when breaded. Sauces bland. Old concession chicken strips better. So is KFC. And the lakers suck even more!

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                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                        thanx for the report. bummer.

                                                                                                        what's weird is that when we had Ludo bites truck fried chicken a couple months ago, it was the opposite of your experience: super salty. :<

                                                                                                        1. re: chowseeker1999

                                                                                                          agree the Ludo truck was really good. So sorry they stopped making those great chicken balls.

                                                                                                        2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                          maybe we need a beef stand named after our team "leader"

                                                                                                          1. Fish & Chips from The Brite Spot. Pretty solid battered cod - three pieces. Fries were crispy but are pretty much standard frozen shoestrings.

                                                                                                            Ricky's Fish Tacos for the first time a few days back. Both the fish and shrimp are among the best I've had.

                                                                                                            1. just had cha gio (Vietnamese fried egg rolls) at Golden Deli. i heard about them opening up a branch in Temple City and we happened to be in the area so we stopped in.

                                                                                                              it's a cleaner place, but smaller, and the fried egg rolls were really salty. :< definitely not as good as the original location's.

                                                                                                              1. had the (fried, i believe) octopus balls and the fried chicken at musha.
                                                                                                                they were tasty.
                                                                                                                sorry, forgot to take pics.

                                                                                                                musha is a very good restaurant.

                                                                                                                1. 2 days ago I had a 3 piece meal, all white meat @ Popeye's on Laurel Canyon. It was sublime, and I cannot stop thinking about it. Guilt, shame...and maybe an extra wing next time!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                    I usually eat Popeyes on Tues/Thurs, $1.29 2pc special.

                                                                                                                    Then I do it up A-Frame style (lemons, ranch, hotsauce)
                                                                                                                    Or when I'm feeling particular motivated I'll do it Momofuku style (butter lettuce leaves, herbs, scallion/ginger oil sauce)

                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                      Popeyes does a good job with chain fried chicken. I get the spicy. If you are not there on Tuesday, at least a couple of the locations I've been to have the same two-piece dark meat for $1.49. A single breast piece is over $3 at a location I asked last week, so the "rippin' chicken," a bones breast sliced into finger-style strips still attached and then fried, is a great special -- more delicious breading, with fries and a biscuit for $3.99.

                                                                                                                    2. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                      I like to hit that Popeye's on Tuesdays as well. Friend and I get 7 orders, spicy of course, and it comes out to $9.89. Quite tasty, very guilty pleasure, of course in a fried kind of way. And then just dip or cover in that Louisiana hot sauce they offer. We generally get about 20 or so packets from the 7 orders.
                                                                                                                      only do this about once every 4-6 weeks, as it takes that long for the yearning to return, and to get the grease out of my system, not necessarily in that order.

                                                                                                                        1. re: carter

                                                                                                                          Salute to Carter! 14 pieces of fried chicken split between 2 people -- what a great light lunch!

                                                                                                                          Popeye's 2 piece special is one of my favorite bargains.

                                                                                                                          Note the last time I was there, the Popeye's Reseda location on Vanowen also had a 2-Piece White Meat (Breast and Wing) Special on Tuesday/Thursday for $1.79

                                                                                                                      1. Fish n Chips @ Daily Grill today. 3 pieces of fish, bed of fries, remoulade sauce, peanut slaw. About $16.

                                                                                                                        Less fish than my usual spot (Willie's), but the fish was suuuuuuuuuuuper flaky and batter was very crunchy/light/flavorful. Might be the best FnC I've had so far in LA.

                                                                                                                        This is not UK style Fish n Chips.

                                                                                                                        1. I know I am going to be yelled at, but some of my most favorite fried foods come from chains (let the bashing begin): the breaded & fried jalapenos from Del Taco (they no longer have them but one can hope) and the Jalapeno Poppers from Wienerschnitzel. Also, I love the fries (cooked for 7 minutes, please) from Wing Stop. The sweet/salty shake they put on them makes it.
                                                                                                                          The fried tofu at Pholicious is something that I seem to like more and more every time I have it.
                                                                                                                          <edit, added> I also really like the shrimp tacos, fish tacos and potato tacos at Baja Mar Fish Taco in Monrovia. They are very good.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                            I may get screamed at for liking this...

                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                              Why? With a handle like wienermobile, it's almost expected.

                                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                I love Hot Dog on a Stick. More specifically, I love the cheese on a stick. And the cherry lemonade.

                                                                                                                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                  As a kid I hated HDOAS. As an adult I strangely love them.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                    I love the people that make Hot Dog on a Stick ...

                                                                                                                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                    if you like corndogs and are in the OC, forget about getting ripped off at Disney -- try the Viking Food truck for some excellent products including a corndog that would slay the poor folks serving chicken corn dogs at HDOAS (which i still like)!


                                                                                                                                    had one at the OC Brew Ho Ho and it singlehandledly counterbalanced about 20 brews (ok, small cups, but still 9-13% by and large)

                                                                                                                                  3. re: WildSwede


                                                                                                                                    Back in the day Jack in the Box used to offer a deep fried bean and cheese burrito with a flaky crust exterior, that I still think about to this day. Chow worthy can even be found with the chains.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                                      U can get your jalapeño poppers there still at jack

                                                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                        I love those jalapeño poppers.....all others are held to this standard, and you'd be surprised at how much better they are than many other places.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                          Agreed, dirty. But have you tried the ones at Wienerschnitzel? Not a jalapeno hald, but bits of peppers with cheese, breaded and fried. They are very good.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                            No I haven't..... Will have to check it out some time, thanks.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                                        Thanks, Ory! ;-) I think I have had them. My favorite fried burritos (that reminded me of the burritos that we used to get in the LAUSD school cafeterias in the 80s) were the ones that Green Burrito used to have. I was sad when they pulled them off the menu.

                                                                                                                                        Jesse: try the jalapeno poppers from Wienerschnitzel. I love the ones from JITB, but see what you think.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                          sounds good to me! side of corn dog nuggets while im at it!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                            I love their corn dogs! They're chicken, so they're healthy, right??!!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                                          orythedog~~~they were chimichangas and they were delicious

                                                                                                                                      3. Fried Scallops at Senor Fish, in burrito or taco or on their own. Big fat scallops with a delicate batter not over cooked.

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                                                                                                                                        1. Tried the Korean Fried Chicken at the new Kokio on Western just north of Beverly. Probably had too high of expectations. Very moist and crisp, but also not much flavor. May go back and try the spicy.

                                                                                                                                          1. Went to Tacos Punta Cabras tonight - had 1x each of fish, scallop, shrimp, and tofu tacos. Still very good.

                                                                                                                                            1. Just had the fried chicken skin app at Marugame Manzo that was quite delicious -- chicken skin fried in a tempura type-batter topped with cilantro and ponzu-green chili sauce. Pretty great. Also, the freshly made shrimp tempura at Tsurumaru Udon Honpo (http://www.yelp.com/biz/tsurumaru-udo...), which I feel deserves more love on this board for its excellent udon, was high quality, homey, and irresistible out of the fryer...

                                                                                                                                              1. No mention yet of DONUTS! and I do love Stan's of Westwood especially their peanut butter and chocolate (The Huell) and peanut butter and banana.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                  and those Plan Check Crullers too….

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                    and El Pollo Inka's Picarones (pumpkin donut)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                      and Loukouma
                                                                                                                                                      Hot Baby Greek doughnuts drizzled with Grrek honey, cinnamon, toasted walnuts and vanilla ice cream at Petros in Manhattan Beach

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                    I tried that peanut butter & banana one once, it was awful! Cold and gummy, with the filling all in a clump in the middle..... Not very good at all I threw it away after three bites....

                                                                                                                                                  3. Chicken 65 at Valley India cafe. Perfect mix of spice & friedness.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Had the tempura escargot at Josie's Next Door. No bueno. Would not recommend at all.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                        I'm trying to wrap my mind around that.

                                                                                                                                                        I can't think of many chewy, rubbery things that would be good breaded and deep-fried.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                          Calamari, octopus, conch, abalone, tripe...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                            With the exception of maybe tripe, those other sea creatures don't really resemble the texture of (land) snails.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                              I ordered it in the spirit of DOM. Something I hadn't tried and it fit the theme.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                Kudos for giving it a try in the true spirit of DOM!

                                                                                                                                                          2. The veggie tempura at Oba Sushi in Pasadena (NW corner of Glenarm/Marengo - same strip mall where Derek's used to be). BTW, Derek's space is now a restaurant called "Rice" that I need to check out.
                                                                                                                                                            Ok, back to the tempura. Lovely, big pieces of veggies with a shatteringly crisp batter. Stayed crisp well into 20 minutes after arriving on our table. Delicious!

                                                                                                                                                            1. Last summer's baby fava bean fritti @ Chi Spacca.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I have to admit I like the crispy crab and shrimp ball at Bao. Their, spring rolls not so much.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Fried chicken at Cube on La Brea is phenomenal, just spicy enough, crunchy, juicy and moist chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. I just tracked down the often spoken about but, elusive in OC Hillstone Group fried chicken sandwich at Gulfstream in Corona del Mar. It was very good. Had the fried fish sandwich as well which was also very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                      Do you know if the fried chicken is at the R+D in fashion island?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: set0312

                                                                                                                                                                        Definitely not unfortunately. Gulfstream is actually a better deal as it comes with a side.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Connie & Ted's clam bellies. And the cod sando. Delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: maiweezy

                                                                                                                                                                        We had the fried clam strips at C & T's last month. Delicious, and not a bad portion. We had the onion rings in lieu of the fries, which were in a light tempura-like batter and were phenomenal.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Fried kuruma ebi head at Shunji tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. The "Dwight's Special" fried (boneless) chicken and waffles at Bru's Wiffle this morning. Haven't been in a while. Unlike in the past, they actually asked if I wanted all white meat, all dark meat, or one piece of each. I asked for all dark, they brought me all white. It went back into the kitchen, out again, all white again, so this time they let me keep the white meat and brought out two pieces of dark, so bonus! Unfortunately, the breading was a bit thicker and the chicken not as moist as I remember from past visits, but it was still good!


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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                              Ud probably like fried gizzards with your waffles at roscos!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                When I had the chicken and waffle at Bru's Wiffle, admittedly some time ago, it was two boneless slabs of white meat. Is it bone-in pieces now? Or am I remembering a different dish? Served with syrup and brown gravy, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                  Nope, still boneless as stated in my first sentence. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry -- Got confused by the choice of white or dark pieces.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Fried jadori chicken at Torihei. Gratuitous shots of the Torihei egg, XLB in soup, grilled chicken wings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for the photos. Boy does that stuff look great!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. The deep fried bread pudding at Grill 'Em All in Alhambra. It's a ball of bread pudding, stuffed with apple, deep fried, coated in cinnamon sugar with a cream cheese frosting and maple bacon glaze. It was really yummy!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                      How many to an order multiplied by grams of fat = ? LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's the definition of guilty pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Part if today's lunch, deep fried fish fillet with spicy salt at SW Seafood in Irvine. Sorry about slacking on the pics.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Less of a report and more like a confession:

                                                                                                                                                                                        On my way to Popeye's today for the fourth time this month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                                                                                          QUESTION; Are some Popeye's locations better than other locations?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: orythedog

                                                                                                                                                                                            The Tues special of a leg and thigh has gone up to $1.29 (from .99). Not usually advertised, but available the other days for $1.49.

                                                                                                                                                                                            All of the Popeyes I've been to, in SoCal, have been pretty consistent.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                              Spent a year at Tulane in the late 70s and many a late night much at Popeyes back when it was a small chain in NOLA. Remember it fondly. Have not had it since, but will now try.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Anyone try this yet?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Almost ordered it the other day.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. The Church Key - wow we had a great meal there last night! Very tasty and inventive. The"dim sum" carts were cute and fun but the cart food we had was so-so while the menu food was amazing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Shown below - Tapioca Crusted [fried] Tai Snapper [sic] w/ broccoli rabe, sushi rice cake, white soy vinagrette. Yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you try the brioche donuts? Love those ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spectacular - and now that you mention them, they are indeed, fried!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Had the oyster po' boy at Ritter's Steam Kettle today. I have to say that I was disappointed. I love their pan roasts, bacon-wrapped shrimp and other items, but this fell short. They oysters tasted fishy and were overcooked. The bread and the rest of the sandwich was good, and one of the other people in our group said that the shrimp po' boy was good. Another said that the clam chowder was also really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regarding their beer and wine license, I talked to the owner a week or two ago. He said that it's a waiting game with the city and that they should have it any day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glad to see French fries finally make it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Duh! I didn't even think about the fries! They didn't blow my mind, but they were pretty good. I liked the seasoning on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the beer and wine update.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally made it to Ritter's this past weekend. Still no beer and wine license. I didn't care for the pan roast as it had a sour profile that I didn't care for. The gumbo was much better. For both, the proteins besides the shrimp are microscopic. I'm glad that I tried it but, I'm in no hurry to return.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. First visit to Boneyard Bistro last night. Deep-fried mac-and-cheese pretty bland. C-. Good news was Pliny-the-Elder on tap, and really good fatty brisket.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ebethsdad

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The fried food I like at the Boneyard is the fried chicken, served only on Mondays, but oh so good. - think Tonight!
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their sweet potato fries are also very good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never got that mac n cheese concoction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. At Bucato:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fried baby zucchini and blossoms

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fried artichokes

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Both excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Loukamades! Greek donut holes dipped in a honey syrup dusted with cinnamon, eat warm! mhmm Scandinavian 'Rosettes' dusted with icing sugar. Only had them once but they are heavenly. Diples which are amazing a greek dessert usually made a wedding and there are good and blah ones. Native Indian fry bread. Those big fried bread disks you gets at folk fairs plain or dusted with park or cinnamon and sugar

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Finally tried the cronut (I know, late to the craze) at DK donuts in Santa Monica. It reminded me of an oily Pilsbury flaky biscuit. Overly sweet and not as satisfying as a their regular glazed donut which is perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also at M Grill in koreatown, the divine fried yucca that is not at the salad bar and you have to special order but is included in the buffet price. Fried well done to a crisp, extra salty and it seems like fried in beef tallow or lard: has a umami taste that is absent in vegetable oil fries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: luosanjee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                also reminds me fried plantains! mhmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. fried banana - renu nakorn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                -1/10 sad limp fried banana. may as well have been limp fried plantain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                wifey took a couple of bites then left the rest of the entire plate on the table. waste of money that's for sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i hope you tried talking to that banana in an effort to cheer it up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't think your supposed to fry bananas or in way they will turn out anything but limp. Plantains on the other hand are usually smushed and double fryed and are a little bit crispy more like potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: daislander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've eaten fried bananas for years and the batter or w/e makes them hella crisp. I'm not saying the banana itself should be fried to a crisp...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: daislander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Green plantains are smushed and double fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ripe yellow plantains are just fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Fried "NY" egg rolls at Green Apple Bistro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uh... No.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soft over-cooked cabbage and tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Fish/shrimp tacos @Bajamar truck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Better than Ricky's? Nope. Better than Taco Nazo/TBE? Nope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Better than senor fish/guisados/calle tacos? Yep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They use swai for the fish tacos. Texture of the batter is correct and overall definitely reminds me of the fish tacos I had in Baja. No grilling of the tortilla though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shrimp were kinda overcooked, I'd go back for the fish tacos but I'd probably try the rest of the menu first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          those looks amazing and huge how do even eat them! omg I'm getting tired about reading about all the la and ny food trucks and restaurants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: daislander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah I thought 2 tacos was not enough (I was on a post-workout high) so I bought 3. In hindsight, 2 was the appropriate amount.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Whereas with RFT I'll eat 3 pretty easy and without thinking about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              just looking up fish taco recipes lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Fried (dark meat) chickenwith Yuzo Kosho dipping sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shin Sen Gumi -WLA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          90% Crunch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Bought some potato balls and chicken croquettes from Portos (Burbank) today. Will reheat them by zapping in microwave for 15 seconds to take off the chill from the 'fridge and then crisp in a cast-iron skillet in a 350-400 oven for 10-20 minutes. They reheat beautifully -- very crisp on the outside, hot and soft inside.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              interesting..so you put them on a skillet before transferring to the oven???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, I have to put them on something. Skillet can't go in the microwave; plate can't go in the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in my toaster oven they go straight on the rack

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If they are coming from the 'fridge, a quick zap gets the insides warmer quicker. Then the oven crisps them up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Sloppy genie from gourmet genie truck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              basically beef/chicken shwarma on top of garlic fries. so unnecessary, yet so necessary. $10, and better than most carne asada fries I've had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of those instances where I stopped by "on a whim" and not after reading yelp reviews. Good thing too because the yelp reviews are terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Porthos? I randomly checked out a new place =P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Always good to see some new discoveries!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Chili Cheese Fries at The Counter - These are a very serviceable version (I like them better than the burgers). There's nothing about them that particularly stands out, but each component is very good and the overall dish is tasty. I like that they come with sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ooey Gooey Fries at Chego - I loved these things at the Palm location, and once I finally made it to the Chinatown location, I loved them there too. Sort of an Asian poutine, and so damn good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I have my mind on taquitos today, and they are not on his thread, so:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I periodically check all the taquito dispensaries on Olvera Street just to make sure one hasn't changed recipes and surpassed the others. My current ratings are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Juanita's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Rodolfo's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. El Cielito Lindo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. La Noche Buena
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. El Rancho Grande

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many will be shocked to find Cielito Lindo rated third. Those many have probably not tasted them all side by side. For my palate they are too chewy, and the sauce too watery. YMMV.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jesstifer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When my mind is on taquitos, I head to Manuel's El Tepayac.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jesstifer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pretty odd commentary when the 5 best taquitos are in/around Olvera Street where all use the bottled green sauce [which I admit I adore].

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      While growing up, my Mexican friends and I never thought twice. It was Ciro's on Evergreen across from Manuel's. They even served a quirky "Avocado Salsa" with ginormous slices of avo. In fact, we always went to Manual's first … unless it was for taquitos for breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Flautas [taquitos] were, and are, 6 to an order and very delicious. Ciro's used to be on J. Gold's annual list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A photo from Thao L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SilverlakeGirl, my post was about "taquitos on Olvera Street," so it shouldn't be odd that they're all on Olvera Street!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As we discussed in an earlier thread (linked below),the sauces on Olvera Street, the good ones at least, are not bottled but made from scratch. Ciro's was awesome...is it still there? And there was another place around the corner, IIRC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Manuel's taquitos are great. Only thing I really love there, in fact.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Daikon rice and egg app at East Borough in Culver City was worth the trip and worth the price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Going for lunch tomorrow w/ coworkers! What else did you try there? Also, a bit bummed that each dish is ~$3 more than the one online for the Costa Mesa location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had the ginger Limeade which was Ok and the $12 Pork Bành Mì for which I actually requested a side of vinegar since the veggies didn't seem pickled. Otherwise it was very good. I want to go there more to explore the menu but at the prices the charge it'll be a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe I'll just order spring rolls + daikon rice cakes = $14 instead of $12-13 for a banh mi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That was going to be my strategy next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Ricky's Fish Tacos for lunch today. My 1st time to the new location and even better than I remember them.