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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

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  • nosh Jul 1, 2014 12:56 PM

The co-dishes of the month for Los Angeles for July 2014 are FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) along with FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS.

Here's a link to the voting thread for last month (I think) where the two tied: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980413

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, kinds and types of the two as possible. Anything related is fair game. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find either or both (and all of their various iterations) that you've tried in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating fried chicken or ice cream.

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

Maybe it is just me, but I am also very interested in value. So give prices and portions: how many and what pieces of fried chicken, or how many scoops and what presentation of Frozen Dairy-Based Dessert Products.

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  1. A draw. Very World Cup.

    1. Still high from Tacolandia this weekend (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980675), I saw that chef Katsuji Tanabe, one of the participants, had posted a pic of a "fried chicken and watermelon salad with pickle onions and jalapeno with fresh dill and parsley" taco that he was serving today at his restaurant, Mexikosher (http://instagram.com/p/p5NDoiiOtp/).

      Perfect, I thought! If fried chicken is the DotM (or co-DoTM, thanks for doing that, nosh!), then I'll have to check it out. When I went there for lunch, the staff up front did not know about it. Turns out the one-off specials are usually only served at dinner. Oh well.

      I started driving back from Mexikosher to my work and I passed a very interesting sign for fried chicken... Kosher, Chinese, fried chicken! So of course I had to stop. I ordered two pieces and their beef egg rolls, and was just going to eat them as is. However, all the talk about Frozen Dairy-Based Dessert Products had me thinking already, and I took a detour to Rite-Aid. The rest is history.

      ---

      Okay, so the fried chicken, for sitting in a case for god knows how long (the place was empty), was actually not bad. It's not Flossie's. It's not Popeye's. Probably not even KFC. But it served its purpose.

      I chose chocolate ice cream for my own take on Choco Chicken. Sweet, savory, crispy, creamy, pretty good combo!

      (Oh, the beef egg rolls weren't too bad. A bit bland, but definitely had that NYC-style skin going.)

      Edit: Forgot pricing. Egg rolls, which was a special, not on the menu, was a bit pricy at $6, but I had to try them. The fried chicken could be bought a la carte. Wing was $0.99, and thigh was something like $2.75 I think.

       
       
       
       
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      1. re: TheOffalo

        Are those really the egg rolls? They look kind of NY style - something lots of us are seeking. Though I guess how authentic could they be without shrimp and barbecue pork in them?

        I love the combo chicken / frozen dairy based dessert product (I'm scared to just call it ice cream)!! Awesome!!

        1. re: gr8pimpin

          They are most definitely NY style, but since they are also certified kosher, obviously they're not authentic, but they work within their constraints. The skin was even multi-layered with the inner layer having that slightly gooey un-doneness to them for true hole-in-the-wall NYC Chinese.

          1. re: TheOffalo

            Here is a link: http://chicknchowla.com/food-delivery...

            1. re: nosh

              Thanks!!

              1. re: nosh

                Thanks nosh. I'd like to just that this isn't a place to go out of your way to try. It was fortuitous that brought me there after I failed to procure fried chicken tacos, but otherwise it's not really noteworthy.

              2. re: TheOffalo

                Might have to get some and supply my own bbq pork and shrimp, bite the end off of an egg roll and add my fixins..! Lol

                Thanks for the report!!

            2. re: TheOffalo

              Strong early work! Back to back would have been fine. Dipping? Really? Lol

              1. re: JAB

                Why not? I wanted to make them into a single DotM. :-)

              2. re: TheOffalo

                kosher chicken in chocolate ice cream! oy vey!! ;)

                1. re: NYCnowLA

                  Hey, I don't have to keep kashrut. :-)

                  Actually, Chick 'n Chow had a bacon cheeseburger on their specials menu. I glanced to see that it was beef bacon but I forgot to look at what they used instead of cheese.

              3. Does a shake count? I stopped at Portillo's in Buena Park on the way home early today to catch the World Cup game and got a Chocolate Cake Shake. Yes, their oh so good chocolate cake blended with vanilla ice cream.

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                1. re: JAB

                  And Italian beef I assume!

                  1. re: jessejames

                    Went sausage this time. I was just there a little over a week ago and did the beef.

                    1. re: JAB

                      Nice

                  2. re: JAB

                    Shake is a FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS, or is at least made with it. I say it counts!

                    1. re: TheOffalo

                      Yes!

                    2. re: JAB

                      FDBDP was supposed to include things like shakes/malts/snows

                    3. My favorite frozen dessert is this luscious confection from AOC
                      My favorite fried chicken is Bouchon's

                       
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                      1. re: maudies5

                        Ooh, I know you've mentioned it before but can you say again what it's called? Something with blood orange?

                        1. re: TheOffalo

                          blood orange Vacherin with candied kumquat ice cream and pistachios. So it is baked layers of meringue(Vacherin) and it tastes even better than it looks.

                          1. re: maudies5

                            It honestly couldn't. Looks so good!

                            1. re: maudies5

                              really does look great. id go there just for that.

                              but how are you sharing this with 3 friends?

                              with good ice cream sundaes my better half always asking me to just share but im wiser now. I get mine, then share hers.

                              1. re: jessejames

                                I actually shared it with 2 friends at lunch and 3 at dinner. We had eaten quite well and just wanted a little bit of dessert. Friends are all great world travelers and they all commented that this was the best non chocolate dessert they had ever tasted. My guess is you could order this at the bar if you didn't want to go for a meal. Not certain, though, so would double check.

                            2. re: TheOffalo

                              If you're a blood orange/kumquat fan, get here. I tried it last week and it was superb.

                            3. re: maudies5

                              AOC does a lovely fried chicken as well. Even better at brunch when served on a waffle!

                               
                              1. re: aching

                                holy shiiiiet.. thank you,

                                1. re: aching

                                  my word that looks superb.

                                2. re: maudies5

                                  Ate at AOC tonight and apparently that blood orange dessert with candied kumquat ice cream was taken off the menu a week ago...it's seasonal. But their Spanish fried chicken was amazing...perhaps my favorite fried chicken ever.

                                  1. re: Nicole

                                    Nicole, you are right. Had lunch at AOC today. Alas, the Blood Orange Vacherin is off the menu:(

                                    1. re: Nicole

                                      I'll second the fried chicken rec. Incredibly juicy and flavorful. Though I thought it could use a TOUCH of salt, but that could be because the aioli it was served with was completely unsalted, and we had it on the table with another, saltier dish (the squid ink risotto.)

                                      1. re: Savour

                                        I should probably add that after dinner we forewent AOC desserts in favor of a stop at Blockheads in Alhambra. This is the almond shaved snow with rice balls and what was supposed to be coconut drizzle but I think was condensed milk. I made the husband (a snow first-timer) get the black sesame, which is my fave - he thought mine was better.

                                         
                                  2. Got this from Carvel for my son's birthday last week...

                                     
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                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                      Cookie Puss! I was more a Fudgie the Whale fan.

                                    2. http://instagram.com/p/p0UXA7A-sI/ - This was from just a few days ago, so they should still have it. Sweet Rose Creamery Pico has a Honey Roasted Apricot sorbet (I say it's okay, even if it is dairy free) that's just amazing!

                                       
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                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                        We went to Sweet Rose on Pico this past week. Earl Grey, vanilla, chocolate, Maggie's Mint with Valrhona choco pearls and Summer Corn. Earl Grey was WOW. Vanilla and chocolate were solid (has SRC ever done French Vanilla?) Maggie's Mint tasted like someone was muddling mint leaves under my nose and on my tongue - really fresh tasting and great summer flavor. Summer Corn was the most unique and memorable for me. Fresh sweet summer corn kernals meets Straus's cow milk after indulging on the first fresh grass of spring.

                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                          I was just there 2-3 days ago as well. The summer corn didn't quite do it for me. I can't put my finger on it, but it was just too... corny?

                                          Lemon chiffon, on the other hand...

                                      2. any sort of deep fried ice cream should qualify for a prize.

                                        1. Well, not back to back and certainly not at the same time but, same day.

                                          And think to yourself; there's no place like home, there's no place like home...

                                           
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                                          1. re: JAB

                                            Nice, but there is a Home Cooking Chowboard for that.

                                            1. re: J.L.

                                              Maybe he's inviting us to drop by.

                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                Others have posted home cooked meals that match the DOTM on previous months. What's a little food porn between friends?

                                              2. re: JAB

                                                Did you have any shake left?

                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                  I don't like where you're going with that.

                                                2. re: JAB

                                                  looking good !

                                                3. So... recommendations on where to get good fried boneless chicken breasts. Hoping to find something (much) better than Chik-Fil-A. (Though, as far as fast food goes, gay rights aside, it is a quality establishment.) As close to Agoura Hills as possible but really anywhere between Westwood and Oxnard via the 101 (405) is acceptable.

                                                  Also, do chicken pakoras count as fried chicken (probably yes) and does wienerschnitzel count as chicken fried (probably no)?

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                                                  1. re: whiner

                                                    Categories are liberally defined. Feel free to include any foods you can make an argument for.

                                                    1. re: whiner

                                                      Surprisingly, the Chicken and Waffle Chicken Tenders at Popeyes are quite good!!

                                                      --Dommy!

                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                        +1. I ordered the $4.99 special at the Popeye's on Hollywood Way just above the 134 on Sunday. I was behind a woman making multiple orders and was told after I ordered I'd need to wait a few minutes. Fries were scorching hot, biscuit was good, and it seemed there may have been more than the three Waffle Chicken Tenders in my box. I was afraid they would be soft, like waffles, but the coating was very crisp (with a hint of sweet) and the chicken very tender. Good dish. Easy to eat in the car.

                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                          LOL!! I usually don't go to Fast Food Places, but I was short on time, there is one at the corner of the main road by my home and needed lunch and yes, I got the Chicken and Waffle Tenders because I could eat them in my car. And although I did just get three... two of them were HUGE!! Also, their Red Beans and Rice are still delish.

                                                          --Dommy!

                                                          1. re: Dommy

                                                            funny that this fast food fried chicken place might be the best or near the top of heap regardless of price ... and those red beans and rice too. certainly contender for best fast food chain.

                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                              based on these posts, I may have to go get some chicken waffle tenders + red beans/rice...

                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                Sweet tea too. ;)

                                                        2. re: Dommy

                                                          I travel a lot and have spent too much time at the Atlanta airport. However once I tried Popeye's there I was hooked. Delicious!

                                                          1. re: Roopez123

                                                            Yep! Much better than Bojangles in many airports...

                                                            --Dommy!

                                                        3. re: whiner

                                                          If I'm ever early to work I can't help but go thru the nearby chic fil a for a spicy fried chicken and biscuit sandwich. Addictive, never dry (read: lots of fat in the biscuit) and just ton of flavor

                                                          1. re: Xan7hos

                                                            YES!!

                                                            I have gotten the chicken biscuit a hundred ways -- topped with bacon and an egg -- I once had them dallop the sausage gravy on my chicken biscuit. I love CFA and their willingness to do just about anything you want.

                                                        4. Choco chicken. Eh...

                                                           
                                                          1. Top Round Roast Beef has added a fried chicken sandwich to it's menu: HAND-BREADED CHICKEN Marinated in buttermilk & pickle juice, tossed in flour & Top Round seasoning, fried crispy.

                                                            REGULAR $4.95
                                                            Pickles & Mayo, Onion Bun

                                                            CHICKEN "CALI" $5.95
                                                            Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado & Ranch, Sesame Bun

                                                            anyone tried it yet?

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                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                              Yes. Somewhat soggy. Not the thing to get there. They added hotdogs too. Better.

                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                Thanks I will stick with the oh so tasty Roast Beef.

                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                  That's the play there.

                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                    Funny -- I went to Top Round today (with a friend and a 30% off discount from BlackBoardEats). Prices have bumped up a bit.

                                                                    I was going to post on the Frozen Dairy-Based Dessert Products part of the thread, for the "concrete" I ordered. Price has skyrocketed, to $6.95 for a concrete with up to four mix-ins and/or syrups. They used to offer a $4.95 version with .50 for each add-in, and since it is still on their website menu they honored that. I had a concrete with chocolate syrup (they asked if I wanted hot fudge) and heavy malt powder. They use scooped frozen custard rather than soft-served, as the genesis, Ted Drewe's in St. Louis, uses. Mine wasn't completely mixed, which was a virtue. It was served with a notable segment standing atop the rim of what was probably a 20-oz. cup. Very delicious -- my companion enjoyed her cookie-dough and something else as well. After a roast beef sandwich and splitting an order of curly fries (very good) I could only get through about 70%.

                                                                    So here is my suggestion/criticism: This place nickels and dimes. You want au jus for your roast beef or horseradish sauce, a small 50-cent up-charge. (The basic roast beef is advertised with au jus but they say it is already in the sandwich -- I didn't detect it.) If you want a dessert, please offer a dessert portion, a smaller size at a smaller price. Ted Drewe's offers concretes at anywhere from kiddie sizes to medium to large, which are almost twice the size of these at 2/3 the price.

                                                                    They are based on a midwestern, St. Louis model (Lion's Choice roast beef, Ted Drewe's frozen custard). Adopt a midwestern attitude of generosity and customer satisfaction.

                                                                    On the other hand, my friend said she'd bring her kids and husband there soon.

                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                      Wow you're right - ~+$2 across the board. I was thinking about going because of the BBE code too. It was pretty decent when I tried it last time.

                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                        yeah that's not good and i agree with your suggestions for them of course.

                                                                        I was never a big fan of the custard...maybe i had high expectations. The one at pier burger is just a million times better and more like TD's.

                                                                        I've noticed a change in the au jus too...used to be, well, au jus...last time it was murky and thicker like greasy gravy.

                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                          $7 for soft/concrete serve is INSANE. Do you think it was just to counter the BBE 30% discount, and they'll bring back the prices?

                                                                          Straus soft serve at Pitfire (same as Gott's Roadside) is like.. $3.

                                                                2. Got a fried chicken sandwich at a new place called Amerikano in Fullerton. It was pretty average. The manchego salad was pretty tasty though.

                                                                  Same owners as Kentro.

                                                                   
                                                                  1. Had the Chili Peppa Chicken (garlic flavor) at Da Hawaiian in Huntington Beach today for lunch. Skin was crispy and chicken was tender. A really good lunch IMO. Also had the kalbi which had a glaze/sauce on it that I'm not used to, but it was also very good. One thing I wasn't crazy about was the mac salad. Not very creamy; almost mealy. I'm pretty sure it had potato in it. Overall a great lunch. I will be back. Photo courtesy of my lovely dining companion.

                                                                     
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                                                                    1. re: OCSteve

                                                                      I agree about the mac salad. Thought the chicken was unique, especially the crisp.

                                                                      OCSteve, if you are ever in Gardena I highly recommend Harry's Chicken.

                                                                      http://www.harryschicken.com/

                                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                        Thanks! It looks awesome. I don't get up there much, but I will keep it in mind.

                                                                    2. Coconut Fried Chicken from Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica. Comes with fried plantains and dirty rice & black beans. They fried the heck out of the plantains today. The batter is thin and relatively light, with a distinct yet not overwhelming coconut flavor (you can feel and taste the shredded coconut in the batter) and just a touch sweet. Today's seemed a little more oily than the last time I had it. Half chicken cut into 5 pieces (breast as two pieces). Nice mango sauce and jerk sauce.

                                                                       
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                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                        That looks and sounds really good. Will definitely give this a try. Thanks

                                                                      2. Sunday Night Fried Chicken Dinner at Superba Food and Bread. Only $20. It's wonderful...

                                                                         
                                                                        1. Fried chicken pieces and chicken wings at Tapioca Express. Shamefully good.

                                                                           
                                                                           
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                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                            "fried chicken 20x spicy please" - the story of my high school years

                                                                            1. re: Porthos

                                                                              Lollipcup/Tap Express has the mechanised broaster frying DOWN. Makes me want to buy the machine. Still the best of the Asian fried chickens.

                                                                            2. Ended up eating chicken fried today and didn't even realize it till after.

                                                                              Fish Dish - Chicken Katsu (wtf, chicken katsu from a fast-casual fish joint?)

                                                                              Surprisingly decent - $8.25 for a bigass portion of chicken katsu/rice/mac salad. The mac salad was overmayo'd mess, but the chicken katsu was decently cooked and the rice/sauce not too bad. I could do a lot worse for $8.25.

                                                                              1. Three Twins from the Bay Area opened a shop in Santa Monica next to Sunny Blue, the excellent omusubi shop. TT ranked in the middle of the ice creams I had in San Francisco (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9767...) and we tried them once when they first opened here and I wasn't super impressed. They were good, but they're no Humphry Slocombe in SF or Sweet Rose Creamery. However, tonight, I got a Single with two flavors, Land of Milk and Honey & Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi, and I really liked them. Perhaps I should stick to simpler flavors with them, rather than something like their Lemon Cookie.

                                                                                (I *REALLY* like when a shop lets you get two flavors for a single serving!)

                                                                                 
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                                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                  (I *REALLY* like when a shop lets you get two flavors for a single serving!)
                                                                                  -----------

                                                                                  If you're in the area Quenelle in Burbank is excellent and an incredible value, $3.50 for 2 scoops (medium sized, attached)

                                                                                   
                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                    Thanks! I'll actually be in Burbank this weekend. Great timing!

                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                      Closed Sunday. My preference is strawberry shortcake + blueberry pie with graham cracker streusel topping. The apple pie a la mode bar is also a must buy. Let me repeat myself with emphasis: Apple pie a la fucking mode BAR. Cash only.

                                                                                      1. re: ns1

                                                                                        Thanks again for the tip. Will probably be in Burbank Saturday and will make sure to have cash.

                                                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                          I expect pics much better than mine! :)

                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                            I'll try. So is the other cup a larger size and how much is that?

                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                              Sigh, the lines are only going to get bigger cuz of this thread!

                                                                                              They're both the same size just the framing of the pic makes it look bigger. They DO have a large size for $6 not sure how big it is. Btw the regular might be $3.95, I forget at the moment.

                                                                                              Simple ice bars are $3 complex ice cream bars are $5. They have a bevy of pastries too - evidently the dude has quite the pedigree.
                                                                                              ------
                                                                                              Within a year, Park was working as a pastry cook under Wonyee Tom at Water Grill, where he was able to acquire a solid technical foundation. In 2005, he helped open Providence before returning to Water Grill to work with David Lefevre as a pastry chef in late 2006. Two years later, Park accepted an invitation to work as a sous chef for the critically acclaimed Jordan Kahn at Michael Mina’s XIV, where Kahn’s unrivaled creativity was instrumental in Park’s development. Post his time with Kahn, he joined Sang Yoon at Lukshon and Father’s Office. In 2013 Park finally struck out on his own, opening ice cream parlor Quenelle in Burbank, California.

                                                                                        2. re: ns1

                                                                                          Sounds great. Kind of calls out for asian box bang bang.

                                                                                          1. re: jessejames

                                                                                            Had my first taste of Asian Box. Posted it in the Asian Box thread just for you.

                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                              At least you're hungry for more 15 minutes later

                                                                                    2. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                      Tried Three Twins in Santa Monica: Decent, but nothing really special. good for dessert after some salmon musubi at Sunny Blue.

                                                                                    3. Made fried chicken for dinner last night chez moi.

                                                                                       
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                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                        You and JAB with your homemade fried chicken! Props!

                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                          Is that salt?

                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                            Maldon?

                                                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                                                              coconut?

                                                                                              1. re: JAB

                                                                                                Yes. Cyprus Flake mediterranean sea salt.

                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                  The trader joes one? I love that stuff already! :DD

                                                                                                  --Dommy!

                                                                                                  1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                    I didn't know TJ's had some! No this is from Dean & DeLuca's collection.... When I run out, now I know where to score some at a good price, thanks!

                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                      Yep! It's awesome!

                                                                                                      http://eatingatjoes.com/2014/06/05/tr...

                                                                                            2. New at Carvel. I must try this….

                                                                                               
                                                                                              1. Chick-Fil-A strips and a spicy chicken sandwich for a nice fattening lunch.

                                                                                                Not apologizing, it's fried, it's chicken and I love it!!

                                                                                                1. For this post, I always go with the classics... So for the US v. Belgium game... I suppose I COULD have gotten the Chicken and Waffles strips.. but instead went all American and went to Flossies...

                                                                                                  https://twitter.com/Dommy_in_LA/statu...

                                                                                                  Flossies has a lunch special that includes two of their sides and a dark meat portion of their famous fried chicken. The fried chicken was great. Not as crisp as I remembered it (It might have been holding and then I had to drive it to work) but it still was worlds better than most of the fried chicken out there. I am pretty sure flossies seasons the chicken in addition to the batter. Sometimes you get wonderful batter but awful bland musty chicken (Golden Bird).

                                                                                                  Typically I get the greens and mac n cheese (although Flossie's Mac N Cheese isn't the best) but this time I decided to try the corn/okra and mashed potatoes. A bit industrial, but good. The Gravy wasn't too salty or tasted of based. The potatoes were light and not gluey. The corn not dried out and okra not overly mush or slimey. This isn't a fancy plate, but for comfort food after your team loses in OT, excellent...

                                                                                                  http://i.imgur.com/bGDrMsX.jpg

                                                                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                                                                  1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                    A weee... late but I was busy for the rest of month...

                                                                                                    *OB Bear: Korean fried Chicken - Loved this. The chicken was flavorful and juicy and the fried chicken skin was seasoned just right. My favorite thing about going out to Korean Fried Chicken is the Daikon, but so many places use awful processed stuff. The cubes at OB Bear were the perfect size and so fresh tasting.

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/gXODGG7.jpg

                                                                                                    *OB Bear: Spicy Chicken Wings - I'm not a huge fan of crispy+sauce items and when this arrived to the table, I thought it was going to be just too much!! But the spicy marinade was so good. Spicy, tangy and not too sweet. Again the Daikon came in really handy....

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/0M1cuoJ.jpg

                                                                                                    *Mama Joans: Loved the coating, but the overall chicken was meh. The wings were HUGE though and with the Wing/Breast Combo you get TWO!!! I'm sensitive to salt and most of the accompaniments were just too salty for me. *le sigh*. Flossie's reign remains...

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/ixI1pUh.jpg

                                                                                                    *Mateos Aroz con Leche Paleta: RULES!

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/GZK8WHD.jpg

                                                                                                    * xoia Vietnamese Hot Chicken Wings - They weren't crispy! They had good flavor though, reminded me of the wonderful shrimp wings they had a Grainovre (RIP

                                                                                                    )

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/yaiVfwX.jpg

                                                                                                    * Orleans and York: Chicken strip plate - Made SUPER fresh and It SHOULD work. The coating is wonderfully crisp and the chicken strips tender and juicy. But it just doesn't The breast is too bland the the coating too delicate. Chicken strips need a good strong coating to balance with the blandness of the chicken breast. Even crack sauce couldn't save it. The Catfish plate is where it's at!

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/wTM6NMk.jpg

                                                                                                    * Church's Chicken Chicken Strips - RUN. RUN. It's processed chicken. I took one bite and then tossed. Such a shame, I used to love Churches and Pioneer... no wonder KFC took over. :(

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/o12T9Ii.jpg

                                                                                                    FINALLY! My fried chicken find!!

                                                                                                    * A La Carte Thai's Son in Law Eggs - OMG! I think this is the first restaurant in L.A. serving Son in Law Eggs on their regular menu!!! I just had to come by and try them! Now, this dish isn't for everyone. The batter on the eggs has crushed dried shrimp. The sauce is very tamarind. But together with the perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs, it is SO GOOD. The dish was perfectly executed at lunch. Looking foward to trying more dishes from their new Mar Vista place (Next to where Sazon used to be)

                                                                                                    http://i.imgur.com/F9WNm9l.jpg

                                                                                                    Whew!! It's Friday and now I'm ready for my cocktail....

                                                                                                    --Dommy!

                                                                                                    1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                      Solid work Dommy!

                                                                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                        Nice work. I'm ready for lunch!

                                                                                                    2. Butterfinger Sonic Blast

                                                                                                      Shit always hits the spot.

                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                        i f'ing love sonic...esp the flavored frozen lemonades...need one to open closer to me.

                                                                                                        1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                          the strawberry lemonade is so bad but so good.

                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                            love em....i resort to getting them at wetzels pretzels...ill just say better than the pretzels!

                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                              Sonic locations are pretty odd.

                                                                                                              Just curious, have you ever been to a Baker's?
                                                                                                              http://www.bakersdrivethru.com/

                                                                                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                you know i never heard of it but googling them seems they dominate out in the IE....i love spots with the millions of flavors things on the drinks...even that soda machine at 800 degrees.

                                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                  Thanks for responding.

                                                                                                                  I guess Baker's never really caught on.

                                                                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                    looks like they caught on a lot east of la...road fuel for vegas!

                                                                                                            2. re: ns1

                                                                                                              few more hours of free slurpees

                                                                                                              https://www.7-eleven.com/7-Eleven-Day

                                                                                                            3. re: jessejames

                                                                                                              Sonic is coming….The Los Angeles locations are scheduled to open over the next six years. The company also has set a goal of 30 drive-ins in California by 2020.

                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                welcome! sucker for those frozen drinks -probably cuz it's so f'king hot in my part of town :)

                                                                                                          2. Not quite LA but in OC, my go-to for fried chicken is Early Bird in Fullerton. They currently offer fried chicken sandwich (pic) at $8.75 and chicken & waffles. The sandwich is served with a slaw and on a toasted bun; and it's got a bit of a nice kick. As someone who prefers the moist dark meat, I actually really like their white meat as well bc it's just as moist & juicy. Kinda addicting.

                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                            1. My daughter's bittersweet chocolate and cookies & cream (single size w/two flavors) in a waffle cone from Three Twins Santa Monica after the parade this morning.

                                                                                                              The waffle cones are only 50 cents as opposed to a buck at most places. They're good but not very well closed up on the bottom, so get lots of napkins!

                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                Guessing dad can come to rescue!

                                                                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                  Which flavor did she prefer? I'm heading over there in a few (I slept through the parade, darn it.)

                                                                                                                  1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                    Probably too late to help, but she liked the cookies and cream a little more I think. I really liked the strawberry and the milk and honey one I had the other day.

                                                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                      I totally copycatted your kiddo and got the same combo. She's a trend-setter!

                                                                                                                      Gotta say, the ice cream was perfectly serviceable, but it didn't quite scratch the itch for me. I can't put my finger on what was missing, though. I think maybe if they had more interesting / offbeat flavors on offer, I would've been more excited.

                                                                                                                      Still, it's a nice addition to the 'hood. There is so much business turnover on Main St. -- I hope they do well and are able to stick around.

                                                                                                                      1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                        I actually think their more unusual flavors work less well than the classics. The problem is that Sweet Rose does both the seasonal/unusual flavors AND the classics really kevining well, so it's really hard to choose Three Twins over SRC...

                                                                                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                          Yep, I think SRC will probably become my go-to ice cream shop for the reasons you mentioned, even though Three Twins is just a stone's throw from home.

                                                                                                                          No offense to Three Twins, but I wish SRC had nabbed a Main St storefront. It's just a more festive vibe than that stretch of Pico, and I worry that there isn't enough foot traffic or destination-allure there to keep SRC humming.

                                                                                                                          1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                            Well, SRC chose the Pico location for its size. It's where they make all their ice cream for all three locations. It also has office space for SRC staff. So the storefront is kind of a bonus; it's really more of a production facility.

                                                                                                                            The Three Twins space is very small, good for retail, but not for production.

                                                                                                                2. I know it's not a good as it once was but I still have a fondness for Mrs. Knotts Fried Chicken Dinner.

                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                  1. Had the fried chicken at Beverly Glen Deli. It was ok but no Kevin'ing better than Ralphs and was $16. In fairness, I did not have high expectations.

                                                                                                                    1. Ralphs fried chicken. It was fresh from the fryer and juicy as can be. STUNNED at how good it was.

                                                                                                                      Maybe a tad on the salty side but that is just fine with me!!

                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                      1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                        Ralphs is the secret fried chicken winner. I've bought it for parties.

                                                                                                                        1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                          I tried the Ralph's fried chicken yesterday (at two different locations) based on this recommendation. I found the skin to be not crunchy (but not soggy either) and on the saltier side. =( I guess I like mine closer to the broasted variety.

                                                                                                                          1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                            I agree on saltier side which is fine by me...I think the crunchiness depends on when you get it, ie how long it sits....

                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                              100% agree. Ours were fresh fried and crunchy. We called in an order and they fresh fried it for us.

                                                                                                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                Yes - that's what I've always done.

                                                                                                                            2. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                              Saltier side is a understatement, Ralph's is good fried chicken for a supermarket but it is a bit overly greasy and quite salty(of course nowhere as bad as KFC).

                                                                                                                              1. re: polldeldiablo

                                                                                                                                hey let's not be dissing the colonel here. his extra crispy is still better than that "top ten"

                                                                                                                              2. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                Throw some Crystals hot sauce on it and the universe becomes right

                                                                                                                            3. I had gotten a few fried chicken tenders when I was at Vons yesterday. Ate them cold after I got home from the days festivities. They were actually great!!! I will totally buy them again.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                Both Ralph's and Von's do a nice job nice price We buy both

                                                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                  I've never gotten Ralphs, but I've been in the store when they've been cooking it and it smells amazing. Maybe I'll try that out this week (I've already abandoned all hope of being in a swimsuit this summer).

                                                                                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                    So inexpensive I buy a ton and have it cold out of fridge for midnite snacks all week

                                                                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                      Cold fried chicken is good. Not as good as hot, but still good. Almost as good as cold ribs.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                        Heck yeah. Chop it up and throw it in a salad with some bleu cheese dressing...oh MAN that is a proper way to show wimpy lettuce who's boss. (The lettuce of course just being a convenient vehicle for the cheesy goo and chicken.)

                                                                                                                                      2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                        Ralph's charges $7.99 for 8 pieces & sometimes it goes on sale.
                                                                                                                                        The Ralph's pieces are much bigger than Albertson's.

                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                          Even cheaper for wings and drumsticks

                                                                                                                                        2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                          I'll go in at 8:00pm or so and they'll have 5-10 8pc packs for $4.50 or so. Fridge and eat next day. Same with rotisserie, buy it for $3.75-$4 take it off the bone that night and use it for enchiladas or something else next day.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                            Wait, when is the rotisserie chicken $4??

                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                              If you go to a Ralph's -- most stores it's about 8:00pm, the chicken, turkey breasts, ribs that haven't sold are "manager specials" under the pre-packed self-service heated displays.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                This enough?

                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                  If you and I were there I'd ask where YOUR portion was :-)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                    good thing is for a twenty dollar bill, you can get 30 pieces of chicken or more sometimes. And it's better than the high priced bird-shit on those top tens.

                                                                                                                                                    you try that plain fried chicken at ob bear yet? i'm gonna hunt that down this week. i also have fond memories in NYC of getting the fried chicken from the chinese food stall kind of places in harlem/sounds like i should try ipsedixits recommendation for that chinese chicken place...just plain good.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                      I have yet to get to OB Bear... I really need to. Those wings are calling me too!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                        the "OB bear" chicken is just "ok, not worth the hunt, unless you're a middle-aged Korean who wears golf shoes the entire Sunday after teeing off.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                                                                          by "OK' I'm assuming you agree better than the entire top ten in that other list...maybe not...I like the simplicity and consistently crispy skin it has...and the wings on the side...

                                                                                                                                                          what's your call for Asian fried chicken

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                          My brother hunts down any chinese restaurant that serves 'salt and pepper' fried chicken wings that's done in the same style as salt and pepper pork chops. They're surprisingly hard to find. I'd probably put salt and pepper chicken wings done right at the top of our to-go places for fried chicken. I'm sure it's common in the SGV if anyone wants to try them for themselves.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: polldeldiablo

                                                                                                                                                            Phoenix Food Boutique has spicy salt chicken wings which are good but garlic fried chicken wings which are pretty awesome and a regular craving. An order (or two) of the garlic fried chicken wings + a mango tapioca drink (not frozen, sadly, or would fit the theme) = good stuff!

                                                                                                                                                2. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                  That's a juicy bird nice move too

                                                                                                                                        3. Wow fried chicken at Yardbird South Beach. LA needs a place like this. Desperately.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                            Money shot

                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                              Panty dropper.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                Ample bosum

                                                                                                                                          2. Hit two ice cream shops today, but alas no fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                            At Ice Cream Lab, the wife had strawberry and one kid had cookies and cream. I had a taste of each and preferred the former. The liquid nitrogen made really, really smooth ice cream that still to me felt almost like I was having butter or shortening in texture. Not bad, just not what I'm used to in ice cream.

                                                                                                                                            http://instagram.com/p/qFkv2qg-mI/
                                                                                                                                            http://instagram.com/p/qFr218g-io/

                                                                                                                                            At Quenelle, my wife had strawberry shortcake, my older kid and I had watermelon lime and yuzu lemongrass sorbets, my younger kid had Mexican chocolate and strawberry shortcake. Good deal. $3.50 for a regular size (all of ours were) and you could pick two flavors. $5.50 for a large. We all really liked what we had! If this were closer to us, we'd go more regularly!

                                                                                                                                            http://instagram.com/p/qF2cLmA-k8/
                                                                                                                                            http://instagram.com/p/qF3TdjA-mb/
                                                                                                                                            http://instagram.com/p/qF3g-Wg-m0/

                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                              I like the looks of that. Hope you took your dad tax. I like sharing with my 2 year old.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                Dad tax, I like that, but my dad tax is to get to take a pic or two before they get to eat it.

                                                                                                                                            2. Why, nosh, did I convince you to do co-DotMs?! I'm gonna weigh 300 pounds by the time this month is over!!!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                Greatest unhealthiest DOTM ever.

                                                                                                                                              2. C.C. Brown's Hot Fudge Sundae is long gone on Hollywood Blvd but you can still get it at both Lawry's The Prime Rib and The Tam O' Shanter plus it tastes just like I remember it…..

                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                1. Forgot to post this sooner... Tillamook has an ice cream tour going through L.A. right now. Free ice cream samples. Check here for schedule: http://www.tillamook.com/tours/schedu.... It lists two locations in SM and one in West LA tomorrow from 11 AM to 5 PM. Dunno if they have multiple tour vans or one and they can set up and support stands at multiple stores.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                    Tried it today. Free always makes things taste better, but these are pretty ho hum. Cute VW microbus.

                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                      I say if it's free it's for me.

                                                                                                                                                      Decent brand for eg apple pie

                                                                                                                                                  2. Does anyone know when Big Gay Ice Cream by the Ace Hotel is opening?

                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                      Not imminently, based on this pic: http://instagram.com/p/p6lXLcwchR/. Looks like they're still in demo. Don't know how quick they can build out. My pull-out-of-my-ass guess is end of summer?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                        Oy vey.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                        I walk past it each workday, looks to be about a month or less.

                                                                                                                                                      3. From a logistics perspective, let's just say that the Summer Kickoff Pop-up from Sylvia Yoo's Churro Borough left room for improvement.

                                                                                                                                                        But... once you got to the head of the queue, Ms. Yoo's made-to-order churro sandwiches were simply splendid! (pictured: churro sandwich with Spanish hot chocolate ice cream)

                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                          Looks amazing!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                            likes like a cowpie on top of melting ice cream. lolz, you waited.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                                                                              ... and waited. And waited. And waited.

                                                                                                                                                              Made lots of new friends.

                                                                                                                                                          2. for some reason, i recalled a chowhound or two mentioning a thai joint out in deep valley (sf) that had great fried chicken.
                                                                                                                                                            so i went.
                                                                                                                                                            it's called wendill's
                                                                                                                                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/wendills-rest...

                                                                                                                                                            the fried chicken was very good. one breast piece was dry, but the other one wasn't. very basic fried chicken with a crispy rather than crunchy crust. pretty moist, not too oily. basic rather than spicy.

                                                                                                                                                            it's in the middle of nowhere not on the way to anything, really.
                                                                                                                                                            is it worth a trip? well, it's pretty good fried chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: misterdudeguy

                                                                                                                                                              if that's our standard, anyone in the area should check out Bravo Pizza & Chicken in NoHo for some ridiculouslly awesome fried chicken. It's the most unsuspecting shop.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                Really? I lived around the corner from there for a second several years ago. Never would have thought!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                  sounds good - is it the "broasted" kind?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                    @Schrute yeah man, I saw it on yelp for eons and could not believe the reviews until a friend referred me and man, the fried goods are super legit and the garlic knots (they call it garlic bread...) are bomb. cheap as hell with good delivery too, they're a regular on my rotation.

                                                                                                                                                                    @Jesse
                                                                                                                                                                    they bill it as "broasted" but I went to the broasting company's site and they don't list Bravo as a restaurant with authentic equipment.

                                                                                                                                                                    that said, it's the only place I'm willing to eat fried chicken breasts from.

                                                                                                                                                                    The rest of the menu (ie the non fried items) is uhm...a good fit for the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                      good to know...im with you on the juicy broasted breasts...country mart on san Vicente used to have that...maybe they still do...

                                                                                                                                                                      I like breasts but legs and thighs better...of course shwangs

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                    ns, i just want you to know, i was mad for about 10 seconds or so, thinking you could have mentioned this earlier and saved me a hump out to pacoima.
                                                                                                                                                                    but that passed, the pacoima chicken was good, and i just need to let go sometimes.
                                                                                                                                                                    so, now i will try bravo the next time the fried chicken itch strikes.

                                                                                                                                                                    oh, and are the buffalo wings any good there? ribs usa's wings ain't nothing like they used to be.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: misterdudeguy

                                                                                                                                                                      Never tried it. I've had the FnC combo (Sysco FnC combo), spaghetti (typical
                                                                                                                                                                      Italian American delivery spaghetti) and lasagna (same verdict as spaghetti)

                                                                                                                                                                      My usual order is 4pc chicken bucket/fried zucchini sticks/garlic bread with extra marinara. About $17, delivered.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                      And here it is. Bravo chicken & pizza, noho. $16 for all this delivered.

                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                  3. Went back to Supebra Food and Bread last night for the Sunday Night Fried Chicken special again and yes it was not a fluke. Just as great the second time around. It was on every table in the restaurant. a wonderful restaurant to spend a summer evening in...

                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                      How much for that plate, wm?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                        $20 Sunday Nights Only. 3 large pieces, biscuit and green slaw.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                          All dark meat?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                            Large Brest, thigh & leg. You will leave stuffed.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like a decent deal though I guess Popeyes isn't too worried, lol!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                        does look much better than the dark brown glossy chicken photos a bit up the page...also curious how much for that, $20, right?

                                                                                                                                                                      3. Anyone ever tried the Burger Lounge CRISPY CHICKEN SANDWICH – $8.95
                                                                                                                                                                        Organic Chicken Breast, Avocado Vinaigrette, Chayote-Jicama Slaw, Cotija Cheese, Roasted Tomato?

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Went to R&R Soul Food in Carson last night (because Bludso's closed early). Solid fried chicken: http://instagram.com/p/qIwKZQMxWw/

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Mochi Cream at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa.

                                                                                                                                                                            Highly recommend the chocolate/banana, the double mango, and apple pie. Also the seasonal strawberry shortcake.

                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                              I was just thinking about mochi creams. Mitsuwa in Torrance has these too. Great stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Damn you Nosh for picking both for this month. Had fried chicken three days in a row this holiday weekend. First up on Friday. OB Bear, the Large Fried Chicken and Spicy Chicken Wings. Large chicken was $12.25 and a whole chicken. Four big pieces. Leg thigh combo and breast wing. Wings $13.70. I think there were a dozen pieces? Was with a group and lost track.

                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                Perfect snack there. Those pickled jalapeños nice pair w crispy skin. Nice wings too. Good work jase.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Saturday, Golden Bird at the Dare U to Care cafe. 3pc combo dark meat. Comes with biscuit and one side for $6.99. Wings and eggs breakfast for $7.50. Two large wings, two eggs, grits and a biscuit. Also ordered extra thigh and leg on the side. $1.59 each. Some QA/QC issues here, the leg and thigh were okay. The wings were very good. Large, cooked just right, juicy. Crust on everything was crisp, not too salty and not greasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Later in the day on Saturday, was down in OC and stopped at Farrell's for a snack. Black and White for $7.49 and Mocha Nut for $7.89.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Black and white is two scoops of ice cream with hot fudge, marshmallow sauce and whipped cream. Usual cherry and nuts on top

                                                                                                                                                                                  Mocha Nut is butter pecan, coffee and chocolate ice cream with coffee, chocolate and butterscotch sauces. Whipped cream, cherry peanuts and almonds on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely more of a nostalgia place. Ice cream quality is okay. But lots of loud singing and jokes by wait staff. In the hour we were there, there was one pig trough song, two birthday songs and a few knock knock jokes.

                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                    I like the coffee syrup

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Sunday. Mama Joans. 3 piece dinner. Choice of white or dark meat. Comes with three sides and two corn bread muffins. $11.99. They warn you about the wait as it's made to order.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken is juicy, great crust but it is on the salty side.

                                                                                                                                                                                    After dinner, we wandered down to Mateo's just a bit down the road. Our group had an assortment of flavors and paletas. Pic is two scoop for $3.50? Mamey and Rompope (eggnog) with raisins.

                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                      Glad to see I'm not the only one going crazy this DotM.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                        when I return to SoCal you will see daily posts from Quenelle lol

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeoman's work!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm nominating Lipitor for next month's DotM.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mama Joan's is excellent! Love their smothered fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                            That's what I was wondering…so the "smothered chicken" on their menu is fried under that gravy?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                              Correct, gravy on top of the fried. Everyone in our group liked the gravy in the sides. I've never had the smothered chicken there but assume it's the same gravy. It is for all the other dishes and sides. The rice and gravy made one of our group happy. I'm partial to the cornbread dressing and gravy.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                                You are speaking my language.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ...and believe it or not, the fried chicken stays crisp under that gravy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  To me, their gravy is pure crack, and they know it. Sometimes they'll throw in an extra cup of gravy for me to douse everything in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, that's it, I'm going to have to go there soon.... You had me at "and the fried chicken stays crisp under that gravy...." Drooling now....

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like their yams too. Not overly sweet and right firmness. I dislike overly sweet yams which to my tastes is most places.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Novelli.

                                                                                                                                                                                                i tried out Mama Joan's from your rec, and i think it'd be a nice spot if it was in my neighborhood, but overall, i think Flossie's blows it away (not close). it was crispy, but some of the pieces were overcooked and a touch too salty for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                it's enjoyable, but not a "drive across town / fight through traffic" type of place for me. but i'm glad i tried it once. :>

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chowseeker1999

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well thanks for reporting back! At least you gave it a shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                                Is that the soul food place in Inglewood?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes on Centinela near Pann's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Right, I just noticed it this morning, thanks for that, I will check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                              4. 1) I'm blown away by how popular fried chicken is
                                                                                                                                                                                                2) Best DOTM ever, 7 days in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, it doesn't hurt that there are two choices ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I should chart my weight this month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    (No.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Popeye's Tuesday Special $1.29 for leg and thigh...

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was yours $1.29 on Tuesday? We got some yesterday and the tariff at the unit on Laurel Canyon near Magnolia in NoHo was $1.49 for leg & thigh, which while still a good deal, relatively, we were surprised at the increased price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have plenty in the frig for the balance of at least today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      But having Chinese food tonight, so may have to wait another day, or not!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, it was $1.29 before tax.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Has any one had the chance or luck to try one of Churro Borough's Ice Cream Sandwiches?

                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9810...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was lucky enough to grab a few last Wednesday. They sold out with another 150+ people still waiting in line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Those damn things may just be the next cronut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          FYI - Churro Borough is holding another pop-up again this Sunday (during the World Cup finals), except the location is in Downtown LA this time...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            What it worth it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes. The churro "bun" in the sandwich is freshly made-to-order with just the right amount of sweetness, and the smooth ice cream texture and subtlety of flavors (especially the horchata and Spanish hot chocolate) definitely adds to the gestalt. Contrasts in temperature, texture, and tastes all combine for a unique dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eat it right then and there - It melts quick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Damn you Chowhound. I've been trying to eat healthier recently, and it was going so well before this DOTM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tried the kara-age from Nijiya Market, with curry dipping sauce. Just as a point of comparison, my standard for this dish is found at Wakasan (on Westwood Blvd.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Verdict: The Nijiya kara-age is pretty decent, but the texture on the fried skin was a bit limp. Aside from this textural issue, it's definitely solid as a supermarket version of takeout Japanese fried chicken. And the curry sauce does add another dimension to the kara-age (though it's not mandatory).

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is that new packaging or your own serving bowl? I've only seen the rectangular karaage in the cold case there, and not with the dipping sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's the Nijiya packaging - New style, according to the checkout clerk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Wingstop. Louisiana rub. Quite possibly the best fried chicken around. Period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                              No shit? would've never thought. Apparently Wingstop is the top 3 growing restaurant chain in US http://nrn.com/us-top-100/2014-top-10...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              headed there now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Get the Louisiana Rub and a side of ranch. That's where the money is at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sometimes the wings can be a little scrawny. When they're not, nearly impossible to beat since each order is fried to order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TonyC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm obsessed with their fries. did you give them a try?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How spicy is the LA rub?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not spicy at all. Just lots of flavor and since it is a dry seasoning, the skin stays crispy while the inside is always tender and juicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Awesome...thanks...will try tonight! =D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find it gratifying that the inexpensive birds are dusting the competition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you for the heads up on the LA rub; tried it last night and it was as you said: flavourful & crispy. Loved it! Now I have two favourites there, that & the garlic parm! =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sweet Rose Creamery Pico just switched their soft serve from peach sorbet to apricot and paired it with a creamy milk gelato. I stole some from my elder kid. So good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/qQLkmaA-kw/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They also have an amazing summer corn flavor and a creme de noyaux (almond-flavored, but made with apricot kernels, with bits of tart apricot too)! Great seasonal flavors!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 hours later and I'm still thinking about the summer corn. Wish I had gotten a scoop. Maybe tomorrow with some fried chicken. It'll be like a picnic in 800 calories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I could almost see pairing summer corn ice cream with fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah that was my plan. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I said almost. ;>)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fried chicken 'n waffles a la mode! LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. For my son (not me) may I add Diddy Riese Ice Cream Sandwiches?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a classic in westwood...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            related note are the ice cream sandwiches at Carmela's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I always find myself wanting a Carmela's ice cream sandwich but the thin cookie visually seems off putting for me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It works. Frozen so holds all together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No, the thin cookie is AMAZING!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love all the cookie wich flavors there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried a chocolate cookie with salted caramel. Divine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can come clean with us. That bottom one is peppermint ice cream on an egg bagel, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WD-50 actually does do a bagel and ice cream...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Son of a gun's ice cream burger....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Had the fried chicken at Night + Market Song last night, served with a waterbug nam prik. Very good: http://instagram.com/p/qS76aosxUS/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That nam prik maengda was really good when I had it, sans fried chicken unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is water bug nam Prik?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nam prik is a Thai relish that can be made with various ingredients. Maengda is a waterbug that is steamed, opened up, and the innards are mixed with other ingredients to make nam prik maengda. It doesn't taste particularly buggy. If you weren't told it had it in it, you wouldn't know. To me it had a kind of eucalyptus-y taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Um, no thanks. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey don't yuck other people's yum. Lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know, sorry I just can't do bugs....like at all and in any way shape or form..... But thanks for the education all the same, seriously. Now I know to avoid that dish if I go there at least!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If someone told me that a sauce was made with the tamale or roe of shrimp, lobster, or crab, I bet all of hipsterdom would go ape shit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And what does this have to do with my post?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trying to just reset peoples understanding of food is all. I'm advocating people trying things without prejudice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wouldn't try to advocate that anyone eat something that grosses them out..... I don't care what you want to eat or try, why should you care what others like or dislike? Freedom of choice, no?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They make other nam priks, with less insect-y ingredients like different peppers and herbs and spices, and those are great too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Went to Mrs. Bea's Chicken and Waffles on Harbor near Imperial Hwy in La Habra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thought the chicken has been better on my most recent two visits - still moist but crispy on the outside with less salt. House-made hot sauce on the chicken went very well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thought that the corn bread waffle was great. Thin style and crisp with definite corn flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Previously mentioned in this thread:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9698...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Pretty pedestrian, but I was at Ralph's today and wanted something easy, hot and crispy. Thought about getting maybe a breast ($1.99) but the tenders looked golden brown and good so I asked for half a pound and had him stop after four. (just under $3) I'd give them a B-. They were flavorful and a bit crispy. Some bites on the dry side others good. I'd like more crunch, but they were crisp. And very satisfying -- I was more than full as a small lunch supplement with one left over. Much more convenient and maybe as much meat and more outside coating than if I'd gone with the great with bones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just came back from Blockheads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Original w/cookies & cream, and chocolate sauce: http://instagram.com/p/qVcoz_g-p7/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Black Sesame w/grass jelly & rice cakes, and condensed milk: http://instagram.com/p/qVdBBwg-qQ/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MJ Cafe Express a few doors down is soft-open. They have popcorn chicken, which I guess would qualify for fried chicken, but I didn't get any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Went to Burger Parlor and had a fried chicken sandwich and a homemade vanilla ice cream milk shake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How was it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The chicken sandwich was average. The milkshake was damn good though. I also order some salami fries (not pictured) which were tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Had a great meal tonite at Playground in DTSA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken...super potent hot vinegar this time! Made me cough when it was brought to the table! but so juicy and delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also indulged in a lot of other goodies there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love that fried chicken. Have had at least 10 orders of that dish. Excellent every time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Fried chicken (karaage) from What's Up Men in Fullerton. Crispy outside, moist & juicy inside & flavourful throughout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How was the ramen? I have a friend that works there but could never bring myself to go because of the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was not a fan. It was meh..nor good nor bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Karaage looks tempting though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had cold noodles/hiyashi chuuka. Noodles are good cold and the sauce was ok (not standard but on the creamy side). When we've had hot chuuka soba, we enjoyed the noodles & the broth. We've not tried the other dishes bc the chuuka soba (hot) broth is compelling. Gyoza is good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While everyone has their favourites (ours would be Foo Foo Tei, Santouka & Ramen California back in the day), WUM does the trick when we want something close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edit: FWIW, the last couple times I've been there (months apart) there were quite a few Japanese speaking patrons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WUM was my go-to for a quick fix when they opened. Not great, but good enough. Kopan Ramen in downtown Fullerton is better, but still falls short of places in CM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thx...have not yet tried Kopan. It's now on my list! =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Plan Check (fairfax) smoked jidori fried chicken sandwich. Not the chic fil a killer that was preached. At all. Bun was way too dense, smoked duck bacon was really limp and honestly overwhelmed the entire sandwich...making a fried chicken sandwich tastes more like ham and chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken karaage at Hinotori in Arcadia. Beautifully crispy, rosy pink, juicy, and fresh fresh fresh thigh meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BBQ Hot Spot in Pasadena. Small little mom and pop korean fast food joint in a strip mall known for their hot wings and rice bowls (bulgogi, teriyaki) they have wing tips on, fried to order wings. They slather a ton of gochujang on the wings which was off putting at first but their chicken can take it. Really exceptionally fried wings, the sauce is a love or hate (there is definite funk to it).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would now like to take the opportunity to come out and say my favorite hot wings come out of the kitchens of Pizza Hut. 8 piece Wednesday special for $4.80. Something so very right about their buffalo sauce and those dinky but perfectly fried wings (naked of course).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Xan7hos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Re: Wings from Pizza Hut - these are locations with Wingstops (do they all have that now?) because I'm used to Pizza Hut wings (and Domino's) being ones baked in the oven, not fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not too familiar with the actual cooking process but the "naked" wings have been consistent even after the "switch" to Wingstop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I am with you in spirit CHLA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Freshly made coconut pineapple ice cream, swati snacks, Mumbai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Grom has my favorite flavors now…Fresh Fruit Sorbets Melone (melon) and Albjicocca (apricot) me so happy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are sorbets milk based? :/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not usually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *wink*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry…no dairy or nuts in Grom's Sorbets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.grom.it/eng/intolleranze.php

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Novelli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FDA does not regulate sorbet labeling, but is is understood that sorbet has no dairy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Broasted chicken from the Chicken Box in La Habra. Great crispy skin, slight flavour throughout, and moist meat (all dark meat) if a bit salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of the five I've had these past couple weeks, I'd rank them:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Early Bird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. What's Up Men/Chicken Box (tie, WUM for flavour, CB for crispiness)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Wing Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Ralph's (by a distance)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Had the "Dirty Bird" benedict at Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. Battered and deep-fried chicken breast sits on sage biscuit and a poached egg is placed on the chicken. The dish in total was pretty good but the poached egg wasn't all there. The chicken itself was tasty and crunchy. The batter had a fair amount of seasoning and the chicken breast tasted like it was either preseasoned or marinated prior to battering. The fried batter coating was quite thick and hard. Cutting through it was difficult and ended up eating the batter and chicken meat as two seperate things together.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds yummy, no pic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry about the "no pic." I'm so 1999. Or maybe even 1979.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ok...LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: OCAnn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo of Abigalle's fried chicken...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for posting the picture. The chicken breast was heavily battered - no chicken peeking through like in this picture. I love fried batter and this was very good fried batter. But any chance of eating the piece intact was a no-go. With that said, the seasoning in the batter and on the chicken was flavorful and mildly spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Crispy Chicken Sandwich at The Misfit in Santa Monica. It's their Monday dish for their Bar Fly Lunch special. Noon to 4 PM, at the bar only, $5 for a particular dish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The sandwich was pretty darn big, with a Jidori chicken breast, breaded and fried golden and crisp. Nice heat from a spicy mayo, and some vegetation in the form of a fennel apple slaw. A bit messy to eat, but really delicious and an amazing deal for $5 (normally $14--a little pricy for no sides, but a $5 side of shoestring fries will feed 3).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That $5 special at the Misfit is a great deal. I would have taken that slaw off and made it a side. I think Tues is their burger?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep, Tuesday burger is very good too! Good idea on the slaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Bob's Market, Santa Monica.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken lunch special (available after lunch, too):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $2.99

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My photo doesn't accurately represent the enormity of the mountain of spuds they give you. They cram those suckers into the to-go box to the bursting point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also love the happy vibe of the people working the deli section. Lots of laughter, singing, good-natured ribbing. It makes the food taste better, I swear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is amazing. Need to check this place out. Did not see fried chicken on their website or in the deli section -- is this all the time or a daily special?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What? You haven't been to Bob's yet?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Their chicken lunch special (daily) used to be $1.99 (and probably cheaper before). There's a white meat special as well for a few bucks more (I don't know for sure because I never get it).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Though it's not DotM, you can also get rotisserie chicken instead of fried. The rotisserie is a true quarter, leg and thigh connected. The fried are individual pieces, and you can request two thighs if you want (me do).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And yes, they give you WAY too much wedges. I've seen people order the wedges on their own by weight, and I always feel like telling them to just get the chicken special and then give me the fried chicken for free and they probably still save money or get more potato than they would buying them separately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow -- my kind of place. I'm definitely going to check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This special is offered all day, every day. I picked mine up at 8-ish tonight, so the chicken and potatoes had been "relaxing" in the deli case for a while, but for that price, still gotta love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bob's is a neighborhood gem. It's such a nice change from corporate mega-groceries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Treats frozen yogurt shop is right across the street if you want to kill two DotM in one trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. My review of Flores and The Ladies' Gunboat Society fried chicken Early Bird special: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982621

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Check it out this month for DotM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pann's 4-PC fried chicken dinner. Really crunchy and juicy. I was convinced these folks were from the south. Awesome greens, I could eat a bucket of them. Waitress warned me they had pork and asked if that was ok and I just laughed. Great meal for $12.95.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. #300! Too lazy to check but is this the longest DotM thread to date? And with half the month still to go...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is a great thread!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Was hankering for chicken fried steak, so went to S & W for a late breakfast. Asked the server if their "country fried steak" was a chicken fried steak, and she asked what a chicken fried steak was. Ordered it anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What I got was pretty good, but it wasn't, to my mind, a chicken fried steak. This was a real steak (probably a sirloin, no visible fat) about 3/4-inch thick, maybe 6-8 ounces, that had been dredged in flour and then pan-fried. The steak was flavorful, cooked slightly over medium, the flour crust almost blackened, served over a generous helping of white country gravy. The crust gave some crispy texture, the meat a bit tough. Chose scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sourdough toast alongside -- very filling lunch for $10.95++.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some may prefer this to a chicken fried steak, as the meat was more natural or real. But I'm looking for a chicken fried steak where the crispy batter is pronounced, and the meat is cubed or pounded or otherwise tenderized and the batter can infiltrate and hang on to the meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And for S & W fans (I'm one): the menu has changed after a LOOONG time, and many prices are up a buck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. National Ice Cream Day is today! We enjoyed a few ice cream milkshakes (black cherry, date, and strawberry) at Ruby's Shake Shack along PCH in Crystal Cove. The gorgeous ocean views and wonderful weather didn't hurt either. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy National Ice Cream Day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh wow, we were just there yesterday too, around 6:30! Everyone had a shake but me, I had a corona light, haha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Corona Light is a perfectly acceptable alternative way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hahaha, I would have been all over those shakes if I could have them....!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Here's my version of a crispy Parmesan chicken..... And you don't fry it.....but it tastes like fried!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recipe please, Dirty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ditto. I just want to crawl into that photo and EAT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spill that recipe, Dirty-O!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: spoonlicker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ha! Sure, I can email it to you both as I already have it typed up on my laptop, or would you prefer I type it out here? LMK if you put your email address up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Edit - spoonlicker is that your email on your profile? I will send it to you there, unless you have a different place in mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Post here :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Okay, here it is:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CRISPY PARMESAN CHICKEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Serves 6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or cutlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 Tbsp melted butter or Dijon mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs or panko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1 tsp each dried oregano & parsley leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1/4 tsp each paprika, salt & pepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking dish with Pam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If using thick breasts, pound with a meat mallet between two sheets of plastic wrap to tenderize and even out the thickness to about 1/4 inch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a shallow dish, mix together cheese, breadcrumbs and seasonings. Dip chicken in melted butter. Or if using the mustard, smear each side of the chicken breast with mustard. Coat well with the breadcrumb mixture. Place chicken in baking dish and let coating set in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bake about 20-25 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want them to be spicy, substitute 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne for black pepper.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks great!! THANK YOU for posting the recipe!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You're quite welcome! Hope you enjoy it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds great. We use lite sour cream and turkey stuffing crumbs but same idea. I like ur recipe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks JJ!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THANKS!! Can't wait to try it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're so welcome, hope you and yours enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I sent it to the one listed in your profile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. PANN's... AGAIN!! Ok, I actually had a hankering for collards... But it's a better deal when you get two sides with the DotM!! (I know it's not the DotM -- but I needed to show some love to these amazing onion rings of theirs!!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Broasted Chicken from Ocean Park Pizza in Santa Monica.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.santamonicaoceanparkpizza....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This would be in the category of inexpensive basic chicken. Good crispness to the skin, juicy, not overly salty. Not greasy. Pieces on the smallish side. Overall, it's solid and for the price a good deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chicken comes with a fair amount of potato wedges. I got the two piece dark of leg and thigh with the potatoes for only $4.25. There are also, three and four piece options. Additional pieces can be added on. Wing for $1.09, Leg $1.29, Thigh $1.99, Breast $2.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Its a solid lunch option within walking distances of all the offices if you don't feel like driving down the street to Bob's market for their chicken special. Bob's is a better deal though.