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"The top 13 places for fried chicken in LA, as chosen by 8 LA food writers" - Yes, it is a list, don't click on it if you don't want to!

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/los-ange...

I clicked. Haven't tried half the places, so I can't comment, but I do like the way they arrived at the list, with each food writer assigning points to their top ten places and then adding the point values up.

ETA:

The ranking is in an infographic--which I'm sure will annoy some of you, but it's well presented. I'll type out the top 10, which is really the top 13 because of tying point values:

1. Honey Kettle (47)
2. Plan Check (39)
3. Kyochon (27)
T4. Superba F&B (24)
T4. Farmshop (24)
T4. Son of a Gun (24)
7. Bouchon (19)
8. Tokyo FC (16)
9. AOC (15)
T10. Superba SB (14)
T10. Seoul Sausage (14)
T10. Pann's (14)
T10. Jim Dandy (14)

On the bubble: Flossies (13)

Each of the judges ranked their top 10, giving 10 points to their first choice, 9 points to their second, etc.

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    1. re: a213b

      1. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
      9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City
      2. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
      351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
      3. Kyochon Chicken
      3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles
      4. Superba Food + Bread
      1900 S Lincoln Blvd, Venice
      5. FARMShop
      225 26th St, Santa Monica
      6. Son Of A Gun
      8730 3rd St, Los Angeles
      7. Bouchon
      235 N Canon, Beverly Hills
      8. AOC
      8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
      9. Superba Snack Bar
      533 Rose Ave, Venice
      10. Seoul Sausage Company
      11313 Mississippi Ave., Los Angeles
      11. Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.
      122 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park
      12. Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
      6710 LA Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles
      13. Jim Dandy's Fried Chicken
      11328 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

    2. Can't just copy/paste the ranking, which is in an infographic--which I'm sure will annoy some of you, but it's well presented. I'll type out the top 10, which is really the top 13 because of tying point values:

      1. Honey Kettle (47)
      2. Plan Check (39)
      3. Kyochon (27)
      T4. Superba F&B (24)
      T4. Farmshop (24)
      T4. Son of a Gun (24)
      7. Bouchon (19)
      8. Tokyo FC (16)
      9. AOC (15)
      T10. Superba SB (14)
      T10. Seoul Sausage (14)
      T10. Pann's (14)
      T10. Jim Dandy (14)

      On the bubble: Flossies (13)

      Each of the judges ranked their top 10, giving 10 points to their first choice, 9 points to their second, etc.

        1. re: chrishei

          see if you can spot the magic in this top ten, well nine

          Flossies
          Roscoes
          popEyes
          pollo campEro

          Kfc
          churches friEd chicken
          Vons
          louIsiana fried chicken
          goldeN bird

            1. re: wienermobile

              Fried chicken, mac n cheese, mustard greens, corn bread, and sweet tea.

              Life is good.

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                Their catfish is pretty darn good too, but I'll save that for another day...

                 
          1. food writers really suck, present company excluded

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            1. re: jessejames

              Well, everyone's entitled to their opinions, at least this was an aggregate of opinions of people who eat out at least semi-professionally. Not that their opinion matters more, but frankly I haven't been able to try more than half these places, much less rank them, so it is somewhat helpful to see the places that were rated higher when potentially trying to decide where to try fried chicken for DotM.

              1. re: TheOffalo

                I just tried the fried chicken from Seoul Sausages the other day and really liked it.

                1. re: Servorg

                  Da KFC? It's like a decent version of orange chicken. I actually like Ramen Hayatemaru's Amazu fried chicken with the ponzu sauce, ginger and scallions.

                2. re: TheOffalo

                  yes an aggregate of idiots apparently.

                  many of these spots don't even have fried chicken for chrissake

                  i'll happily nibble away at my popeyes, pollo campero and KFC xtra crispy and when feeling adventurous get drunk at OB bear and have some yardbird there. Obviously more options when in the hood, but it aint this stuff. this looks like the black people free list of chicken joints.

                  the not so new annoying trend in restaurants is to take something simple and cheap like chicken or burgers and make it expensive and shitty.

                  1. re: jessejames

                    I agree with you on that last bit but I have to say, I was raised on popeyes and didn't think any other fried chicken I'd ever had was as good until I went to what I considered at the time the "overpriced" honey's kettle and almost sadly thought to myself, "this place shits all over popeyes." I have yet to read a more eloquent review.

                  2. re: TheOffalo

                    1) Chicken sandwiches shouldn't count
                    2) Legit fried chicken needs to have bones
                    3) Seoul Sausage's is good, but not top 10 good (and no bones!). Likewise w/ TFC.
                    4) I love SoaG, but I ain't drinkin' the fried chicken sandwich kool-aid like most. Likewise for Plan Check, except I don't love them in general.
                    5) Was very underwhelmed by FarmShop's
                    6) ChocoChicken was "disqualified" as being too new, but Superba F&B is very new as well
                    7) No Post & Beam/Willie Jane?
                    8) If Chili's can get 1 vote, then Popeye's can get at least 2
                    9) Nice infograph though
                    10) Don't get me started on a topic on fried chicken...

                    1. re: chrishei

                      Come on Chris, give us your top ten. Let's add it to their point values and see where things shake up. ;-)

                      1. re: TheOffalo

                        Top 10 is too hard - I haven't been to as many of the hood ones as I would like. But top 3 would be:

                        1) Flossie's
                        2) Jim Dandy
                        3) Pann's

                        I will say, however, that I've had much better experiences at HK than everyone here it seems.

                      2. re: chrishei

                        Is this a €£%#$& top ten list on why their top ten list sucks?!?

                        1. re: TheOffalo

                          No, just a minor rant. Stress and deadlines at work does that to a kid.

                  3. Pann's and Jim Dandy over Bertha's. Lolz..

                    Kyochon @ #3. Gimme a fucking break; clearly no one has returned since Kyochon re-opened. Massive downhill alert.

                    Farmshop isn't over-rated. It is insanely overpriced though.

                    Commenting on food "writers" would be pot:kettle so, I'm not doing that. But I really, REALLY want to. And good on GSny to be the only one hitting Matthews (I assume).

                    #300?!?

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                    1. re: TonyC

                      Probably not #300. I think Chowhound consensus lines up on fried chicken more than on pastrami.

                      What do you (and others) think of Honey Kettle? Only had it once. No deep impressions. I believe I though it was good but a bit greasy.

                      1. re: TheOffalo

                        not my first choice but id eat it for sure...too much batter for me which is probably why greasy

                        1. re: TheOffalo

                          Honey Kettle in Compton was a deligtful little gem with a decent, consistent, juciy fried chicken that carried just enough flavor, and a huge crunch.

                          HK in CC is like... a total fuckery (#kevin) of an operation, from the parking, to the grating servers, to the interminable wait, to the helpless PAs posing as diners.

                          HK's (Compton) grease was always eased by the butter pickles. But a "bit greasy"? It's fried chicken, not California Chicken Cafe.

                          NB: Mr. Sippee/Overtime Cafe's broaster chicken is NOT good, no matter what the Yelp reviews say.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            bulavinaka reports that the service there has improved but holy shit was that shit bad when i was there last...

                            1. re: jessejames

                              Last time at HK it was pretty bad. Batter was too crispy and borderline hard. Chicken was not anything special. Kids sitting there like they are either customers or day care. Biscuits really suck. Overly priced.

                              1. re: A5 KOBE

                                It was one of the single worst customer service experiences I ever had last time I was there. It wAs hell. I'm not close so no rush to go back. Nfl game day friend of mine lives near it and sometimes brings that on Sundays.

                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                  Sounds like nothing has changed in Culver. No clue how it's #1. RIP Honey's Kettle Compton.

                                  So: *cough* bullshit list *cough*. Going back to Kyochon... o man, SO BAD. SOO BAD. Someone set the old juicier chickens free.

                                  #300 $!@#^&*

                                2. re: jessejames

                                  Yup. Don't know when the last time was that the folks with issues about service were actually there. We stopped going because of the service issues years ago. Also, frying up the birds fresh took too long. We've gone at least three times this year, starting in February or March, and the slow, indifferent seemingly borderline rude service didn't resurface. They also are frying up the chicken in small batches on a frequent basis to keep up with demand and reduce the wait times to a few minutes.

                                  It seems slamming lists is bloodsport here. Crucifying #1 is akin to barfing on the heads of innocents and taking joy in watching the vultures pick at the eyes. If folks don't like their chicken, so be it. I'm not here to convince anyone that it's better or best - we like it. Many places seem not to know when to replace the frying oil - that smell of tired overused oil is nasty (Popeye's is one). We haven't had that experience at HK.

                                  And their biscuits are fine. Comparing it to everyone's darling - Popeye's - it's no contest. We didn't even finish the biscuits from Popeye's a few weeks ago - their red rice and beans are another matter though. We've had better biscuits - usually from bakeries that charge $2.75-3.50 per. The kids purposefully save HK's biscuits for breakfast. Butter from one of the many fine dairies around Petaluma and some strawberry jam is a treat.

                                  The public lot is around the corner from HK - it's 1/2 a block away and you get two hours free. Drag your lazy asses out of your cars and take a few extra steps - easy way to begin burning off fried food calories.

                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                    truly glad to hear this. it was always the service not the bird that kept me away. It's not close to me, so not a place i would necessarily chose, and not my favorite, but heck it's fried chicken with the bones and no bullshit flavoring...just somewhat batter-y for me.

                                    as for popeyes, the darling, it's at such a good price point especially compared to these bullshit birds that comparing it to bouchon makes sense. yeah, that red beans n rice...so creamy and good.

                                3. re: TonyC

                                  Greasy relative to other fried chicken. The batter held onto more grease than I expected, is what I recall of it.