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Best fried chicken restaurants or take out

Looking over old discussions re great fried chicken places.....any new suggestions for west l a, culver city, or Venice area?

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    1. re: TheOffalo

      The Offalo, thanks for posting that link. It provided me with some new leads for Fried Chicken.

    2. Popeyes has locations on La Brea south of the 10 and also down in Inglewood.

      There has been a lot of discussion on this board about good fried chicken (for very reasonable prices) at Albertsons and even Ralphs.

      There is a take-out place in Compton -- is it called Billy's? -- which has outstanding, inexpensive fried chicken and also some corn fritters dusted in powdered sugar which are fantastic and reheat decently in an oven.

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      1. re: nosh

        Ralph's tonight. 1.99 lb drumsticks and wings. Pretty basic in a good way. Crisp and not too bready. Not roscoes but pretty cheap for a lot.

        1. re: nosh

          Jim Dandys I think you mean, Nosh. The fritters are delicious. The chicken is not, IMO.

          1. re: schrutefarms

            Yep, Jim Dandy's. Agree those fritters are special, and cheap. I've never had a problem with the chicken -- thought it was very good. And really reasonable. Note -- nowhere to eat there, takeout only.

          2. re: nosh

            After having been so disappointed with Popeye's signature spicy chicken – because it was not at all like KFC Hot'n'Spicy Extra Crispy, which I shall mourn until it returns – I was pleased at how good their non-spicy chicken is. I like it better than Roscoe's (which we have one of nearby), and it's more interesting than either of the available KFCs. It's nowhere near the quality of Pann's, but it's not twenty-some miles away, either!

            1. re: Will Owen

              Will I like to see another hound up for colonel sanders. Do u like KFC xtracrispy or Popeyes better?

            1. I'm a big fan of Honey's Kettle in Culver City. Their lemonade is also great. The service sucks, and they run out of things a lot. But their chicken (and bicuits) are great. Golden Bird is pretty good, albeit very greasy (but then again, it IS fried chicken). Good onion rings. Not crazy about the hushpuppies, although the SO loves them. Panns is supposed to have a terrific FC dinner, but I haven't been.

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              1. re: schrutefarms

                Agree chicken good. Biscuits better. Service so horrendously bad hard to deal with them.

                1. re: jessejames

                  "Service so horrendously bad hard to deal with them."

                  This might be the understatement of the year. I don't understand why the service is so slow and so incompetent. But those biscuits and chicken keep us coming back for more.

              2. I'm not the biggest fan of Gelson's in general but their fried chicken is very tasty and always moist. Bonus points for a relatively low price. I think they charge something like $7.99 for 8 pieces.

                1. Flossie's
                  Jim Dandy
                  Honey's Kettle
                  Plan Check

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                  1. re: chrishei

                    Chris is plan check crispy? Is there any restaurant spot as crispy as Popeyes or KFC xcrispy ?

                    1. re: jessejames

                      Plan Check's isn't that crispy (plus you're not getting much of it - I can finish off an entire bucket/family meal by myself). I'd stick to Flossie's or Jim Dandy, and more of the latter if you want that extra crunch, though I like the former a little more.

                        1. re: chrishei

                          The Plan Check Fried Chicken is great but it's very different than all the other suggestions above. Doesn't sound like it's what your looking for. It is one of the best chicken sandwiches in the city.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              I know I'm in the minority but I did not care for Plan Check's fried chicken, either in sandwich or solo.

                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                "I know I'm in the minority but I did not care for Plan Check's fried chicken, either in sandwich or solo."


                                same for me TheOffalo. i found my Plan Check (Fairfax) fried chicken super salty and nearly inedible. And it just wasn't anywhere near as good as Flossie's.

                                1. re: awondrousthing

                                  That is the Plan Check Southern Fry Sandwich.

                          1. re: jessejames

                            Flossie's is the joint to go to these days.

                            1. re: kevin

                              It looks like I'll be checking out Flossies soon!

                          2. re: chrishei

                            I am a big fan of Flossie's. Great sides. Nice people too.

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Thanks for all the input!! Hopefully we all got some new ideas....must try Flossie's , and Jim Dandy....and the market tips are great too!
                              If anybody goes to Austin Tx and craves good fried chicken....go to Lucy's!!!( Just for a break from the fantastic BBQ)

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  I'm thinking you KNOW your fried chic places!!!!
                                  Those two pictures say a lot! Thanks

                                2. re: wienermobile

                                  Just went to Flossie's. First time. I liked the place a lot. But I still prefer the chicken at Honey's Kettle. I think I just prefer my fried chicken greasier.

                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                    No worries.

                                    To each their own, shcrutes. :)

                                1. My current favorite:

                                  Mama Joan's Soul Food
                                  5496 W Centinela Ave
                                  Los Angeles, CA 90045

                                  It can take up to 30 mins for them to fry your chicken, as it's made fresh-to-order. So call ahead...and don't be afraid to get it smothered in gravy...SOOOO GOOOD.

                                  ...and get the cornbread dressing.

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                                  1. re: Novelli

                                    thanks for that reminder and call-in tip. have that bookmarked for months now.

                                    how does it compare to the other soul food powerhouses? (C&W, Carolyn's, Bertha's etc.)

                                    1. re: TonyC

                                      loved Bertha's fried chicken but haven't been there in ages...would love to hear from someone who has had a recent visit.

                                      1. re: TonyC

                                        I like it better than Bertha's.
                                        I believe it's on par with Carolyn's, although Carolyn's has the better mac and cheese, Mama Joan's cornbread dressing, dirty rice, and greens are very good.

                                        Haven't been to C&W?

                                        1. re: Novelli

                                          thanks for the feedback Novelli, Carolyn's is one of my fave fried birds (RIP: Honey's Kettle Compton). Next time on a LAX run, I will def have to stop by Mama Joan's.

                                          Sorry, that was CW & Chris, not C&W. It's been a long time (3-4 years) since I've had that fried chicken, but I know it's still a neighborhood fave.

                                        2. re: TonyC

                                          hey TonyC, Novelli, foufou,

                                          how do your recs (C&W, Carolyn's, Bertha's, Mama Joan's etc.) compare with Flossie's?

                                          thanx! :>

                                          1. re: chowseeker1999

                                            haven't had a recent visit to either Flossie's or Bertha's. Both were good but I recall really loving Bertha's fried chicken and it was geographically closer.

                                        3. re: Novelli

                                          Is that the portion of Centinela that's near Panns ??????

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            Former M&M Soul Food location.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              is this the one on the south side of pico just west of roscoes by a few blocks? if so or if not, that place has outstanding fried chicken.

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                I know that M&M has a few stores left, but that location isn't ringing any bells for me (of course my clapper is pretty corroded at this point - so that ain't saying a whole lot...).

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  What's a corroded clapper ?

                                                  I don't know what either words means.


                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    Sounds like a job for "Super Google Man!!!"

                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                      Indeed. Now get to work our fearless Internet researcher. :)

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Time to leave the nest and fly solo, kev...

                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                          Oh, man.

                                                          Your overestimating my Internet researching prowess.

                                                          And that would probably be beyond my pay grade.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            "Your overestimating my Internet researching prowess.

                                                            And that would probably be beyond my pay grade."

                                                            Your prowess will improve with practice and your pay grade will rise as a result. What a concept!

                                          2. re: Novelli

                                            Damn it, I was planning to go there when I worked half a mile away too...

                                          3. Most Ralph's grocery stores make great fried chicken. I'm not kidding. And very reasonably priced.

                                            1. had pioneer chicken (olympic + san vicente) again last weekend and really enjoyed it...

                                              1. Kyochon in K-Town, 6th and Serrano. The whole chicken with spicy sauce is the current reigning champion of my fried chicken tastings.

                                                1. I have to second Plan Check. They do some fantastic jidori fried chicken, alone or in a sandwich.