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There is a Groupon available so I could eat there at half price -- actually, treat a friend for lunch.

How is their fried chicken? Any of the sides (I like mashed potatoes and gravy and am intrigued by the pineapple slaw) good? What are their ribs like? Probably not smoked...baked or grilled? Most of the good reviews on Yelp (yeah, i know) talk about the baked pancakes.

Please tell me what you like and dislike about Dinah's.

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  1. No idea as to how their food is…but I just bought the Groupon, as I am trying to find the best fried chicken in all of LA. I've tried Golden Bird, Honey's Kettle, Flossie's, Jim Dandy's…Still need to try Dinah's, Pann's, and….what else???

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    1. re: schrutefarms

      Go up to Pacoima and try Wendill's. It is a Thai restaurant on San Fernando across from the little airport that does outstanding fried chicken cooked to order. Takes a half-hour, so you may want to call ahead. A half-chicken, 4 pieces, with fries and a small really basic salad is $6.50. It comes incredibly hot, thin shattering crust, very juicy.

      I found it after posting on this board places to eat lunch after golf at Hansen Dam.

      1. re: schrutefarms

        The brand new Superba Food and Bread has a Sunday night fried chicken special but I have not tried it yet.

        I am also a big fan of Flossie's, Pann's & A-Frame's Sunday afternoon and Monday evening's all you can eat Fried Chicken.

      2. I thought Dinah's was decent, but then again that was quite some time ago. Are you only looking for non gourmet type fried chicken that hits the much more affordable range or would you be interested in the Farmshop/Bouchon types too?

        This prior thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6649... really has a good range of recommendations as well as the range of time.

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        1. re: Servorg

          Interested in inexpensive good fried chicken. And Dinah's is close to where a good friend works so we could meet for lunch.

        2. We go sometimes because they constantly have a Groupon.

          We usually do one of two things (we're a family of four adults). We either use the 40 dollar Groupon (cost 22 dollars) and have breakfast or we use the 20 dollar Groupon (cost 11) and get the Jr. Fried Chicken dinner to go.

          Breakfast is what you'd expect. Huge portions of the standard eggs/potato/meat variety. I personally get the ham and eggs. What can I say? It's ham and eggs. I ask for hash browns well done and they are capable of making them well done. My wife and sons like the chicken hash and eggs. Pann's is probably better, but Pann's don't have no Groupon.

          The fried chicken dinner is like 23 dollars and you get 10 pieces of chicken, two sides and a whole pie. Because we need it, I always add a second side. It comes to about 33 dollars but since I've got the Groupon it's less (plus the amount I spend on the Groupon -- it comes to about 22 dollars for a ton of food for four people).

          Is the friend chicken amazing? No. It's pretty good, doesn't live in the same universe as the fried chicken at Plan Check. But it's way better than KFC. So, somewhere between KFC and PC. Sides are sides.

          My take: With Groupon, worth it. Without, still pretty good but not nearly as worth it.

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          1. re: PaulF

            But Pann's has the Pann's card.

            1. re: PaulF

              I made an error. The JR fried chicken dinner is 29.95 not 23. Ten pieces of chicken, two sides, eight dinner rolls and a whole pie.

              We had it tonight.

            2. Ah, Dinah's. Where you go when Pann's is closed.

              Fried chicken is good.

              1. Dinah's fried chicken meals used to be a welcome treat when I was growing up in Westchester. My favorite side was the creamed spinach. That said...I haven't had it in well over a decade.

                1. Fried chicken there is good soul food. As PaulF said, it's not Plan Check - then again I think PC is WAY overpriced. I'd rate it slightly higher than Popeye's - though on an aside, the quality of Popeye's franchises vary considerably.

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                  1. re: m3tan

                    And PC is not real, honest to goodness fried chicken. That shit better still be on the bone with the original chicken skin.

                  2. Dinah's offers All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken (including side dishes) every Monday and Thursday for $11.99.

                    Added plus, Dinah's lets you lets you pick your pieces -- I usually start with 2 Breasts and a Thigh with a side of gravy. My goal is to eat 10+ pieces by the end of the meal.

                    I think Dinah's Fried Chicken is better than KFC's but not as good as Popeye's Spicy. But I may not be eating Dinah's best quality due to the volume required by the AYCE Special.

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                    1. re: Norm Man

                      I suppose the AYCE is dinner only, not lunch?

                      1. re: nosh

                        Dinah's AYCE Fried Chicken Special every Monday and Thursday is All-Day (Lunch & Dinner).

                        If went for Lunch, the rest of my day would be shot -- I would not be able to go back to work a and would need a nap.

                    2. Went to Dinah's for lunch on Monday. Both me and my friend got the AYCE fried chicken special, $11.99 each. I had white meat, he chose dark. I thought it was pretty good: crust was less substantial and crispy as I prefer, but the meat was fairly juicy. Mashed potatoes were ok, but I prefer brown rather than light gravy. I forgot to order their pineapple slaw -- it was just listed as cole slaw among the side choices -- and I didn't really like the creamed spinach. I ended up satisfied after two breasts and three wings. Service was really good, very attentive, and the second helpings of chicken arrived quickly. With the Groupon, lunch for two cost me $20 and change with tax and tip, so I saved $10. Not bad for a big lunch in a full-service restaurant where we could talk.

                      Not nearly as good as Wendill's, though.

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                      1. re: nosh

                        Good to know that Dinah's let you use the Groupon on the AYCE Fried Chicken Special.

                        Most places won't let you combine offers and use Groupons on their "Specials" -- Groupons usually are good only on full-priced items