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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!

TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 12:14 PM


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.


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. a213b RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 12:15 PM

    For those of us who are obstinate and refuse to click, care to share, please?

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    1. re: a213b
      Servorg RE: a213b Jul 2, 2014 12:25 PM

      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. TheOffalo RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 12:23 PM

      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.

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        chrishei RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 02:10 PM

        Can't believe Flossie's didn't make top 10.

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        1. re: chrishei
          jessejames RE: chrishei Jul 2, 2014 03:17 PM

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

          pollo campEro

          churches friEd chicken
          louIsiana fried chicken
          goldeN bird

          1. re: chrishei
            wienermobile RE: chrishei Jul 2, 2014 06:15 PM


            1. re: wienermobile
              A5 KOBE RE: wienermobile Jul 3, 2014 08:54 AM

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

              Life is good.

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                wienermobile RE: A5 KOBE Jul 3, 2014 02:24 PM

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

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            jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 02:16 PM

            food writers really suck, present company excluded

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            1. re: jessejames
              TheOffalo RE: jessejames Jul 2, 2014 02:33 PM

              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
                Servorg RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 02:34 PM

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

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                  TheOffalo RE: Servorg Jul 2, 2014 02:36 PM

                  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.

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                  jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 02:37 PM

                  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
                    Eater15 RE: jessejames Jul 2, 2014 09:36 PM

                    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
                    chrishei RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 02:49 PM

                    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
                      TheOffalo RE: chrishei Jul 2, 2014 02:51 PM

                      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
                        chrishei RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 08:18 AM

                        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
                        TheOffalo RE: chrishei Jul 2, 2014 03:04 PM

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

                        1. re: TheOffalo
                          chrishei RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 08:16 AM

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

                  3. TonyC RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 03:10 PM

                    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).


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                    1. re: TonyC
                      TheOffalo RE: TonyC Jul 2, 2014 03:16 PM

                      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
                        jessejames RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 03:21 PM

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

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                          TonyC RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 03:53 PM

                          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.

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                            jessejames RE: TonyC Jul 2, 2014 03:56 PM

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

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                              A5 KOBE RE: jessejames Jul 2, 2014 04:02 PM

                              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
                                jessejames RE: A5 KOBE Jul 2, 2014 04:07 PM

                                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
                                  TonyC RE: A5 KOBE Jul 2, 2014 04:21 PM

                                  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
                                  bulavinaka RE: jessejames Jul 2, 2014 10:02 PM

                                  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
                                    jessejames RE: bulavinaka Jul 3, 2014 08:47 AM

                                    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
                                  TheOffalo RE: TonyC Jul 2, 2014 03:59 PM

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

                            2. A5 KOBE RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 04:23 PM

                              Big Mama's Rib Shack in Pasadena is really good fried chicken.

                              1. wienermobile RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 05:06 PM

                                I did like the fried chicken app at Supebra Snack Bar but it's the fried chicken dinner at Superba Food and and Bread that really blew me away. Sunday nights and only $20..

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                                1. re: wienermobile
                                  jessejames RE: wienermobile Jul 2, 2014 06:41 PM

                                  Looks dark like choco

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                                  sanstonsils RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 06:11 PM

                                  Very happy to see HK win so handily. Easily, in my experience, the best and most consistent in LA. Love it. Never ever understand the criticisms of it here ... hence happy with the list.

                                  1. ipsedixit RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 06:33 PM

                                    Let me just say something.

                                    Anyone who enjoys fried chicken, you owe yourself, and I mean *owe* yourself a trip to Merry's House in West Covina.


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                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      Norm Man RE: ipsedixit Jul 5, 2014 10:16 PM

                                      Ipse dixit, which preparation of Merry's House's fried chicken do you like best (the online menu list three)?

                                    2. polldeldiablo RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 07:07 PM

                                      Is it just me or is it a bit funny that chowhound's chosen DotM has fried chicken as part of it and this list comes out at the same time?

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                                      1. re: polldeldiablo
                                        TheOffalo RE: polldeldiablo Jul 2, 2014 07:12 PM

                                        Doubt us 'hounds and the food writers, and I realize there are some overlap, had any time for any sort of collusion (not that you were implying that, were you?), but most likely it's because it's summer, Fourth of July week and national chicken day on Sunday.

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                                        Thor123 RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 07:14 PM

                                        Recently had AOC - Very good
                                        Bouchon - Good but way overpriced
                                        Love the Brenwood
                                        Used to love Ivy fried chicken but they have apparently become Kevin'ing a holes

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                                        1. re: Thor123
                                          jessejames RE: Thor123 Jul 3, 2014 08:58 AM

                                          Does AOC do fried chicken with bones, and is it a regular item? sounds like that plus that fruity ice cream treat that maudie posted would be a good double header. Been meaning to hit up that new location. Always found their food consistently good.

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                                            New Trial RE: jessejames Jul 4, 2014 01:55 AM

                                            Regular item (starter - $12) and boneless but oh so tasty with that Romesco.

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                                          carter RE: TheOffalo Jul 2, 2014 08:32 PM

                                          Ever been anything different.
                                          But anyone thinking and voting HK #1 does not know a good fried chicken if it hit them.
                                          Greasy, nearly tasteless, with service beyond low quality.
                                          And you have to park 1-2 blocks from the place just to get the food, unless you get REALLLLLLLLY lucky to get a space in front.
                                          Popeye's runs them out of town, and that is hardly my favorite, but it is comparing one to the other.

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                                            Ogawak RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 08:05 AM

                                            A shout out to Back Home Lahaina's Maui Fried Chicken. The rest of the menu is okay, but the fried chicken is great. I think it would make my top ten. Definitely better than Kyochon. I may be the only one here to consider Plan Check's chicken overrated. Flossie's does belong in the top ten here.

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                                              TheOffalo RE: Ogawak Jul 3, 2014 08:09 AM

                                              There are several of us who find Plan Check overrated; for me, it's overrated in general, and the fried chicken and pastrami specifically.

                                              1. re: TheOffalo
                                                carter RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 09:10 AM

                                                This comment rings true from so many that I even hesitate trying the place for the 1st time, which may end up being at its new location in DTLA, not the unit on Sawtelle.

                                                1. re: TheOffalo
                                                  chrishei RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 09:14 AM

                                                  Fried chicken is still the best thing there though.

                                                  1. re: chrishei
                                                    jessejames RE: chrishei Jul 3, 2014 09:17 AM

                                                    ive enjoyed the burgers...not much else. i like the size of them and that they deliver a good medium rare...but just a burger....would i be happier with a burger and 2 dogs for the same price at carney's? yes.

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                                                chowseeker1999 RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 10:09 AM

                                                Thanks for typing out the results TheOffalo. I refuse to click on the link. :>

                                                I agree with most of you (chris, tonyc, etc.). Definitely a failed "Top 10 List" IMHO.

                                                Honey Kettle, Plan Check and Kyochon are all overrated. I like Son of a Gun as well, but that's not traditional fried chicken. Seoul Sausage is also a weird fusion thing as well.

                                                This seems more like a list of "food writer hipster wanna look like I'm up to date on the latest hype" list than of real, crave-worthy Fried Chicken spots.

                                                And Flossie's doesn't make the real list?! Epic fail. :<

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                                                1. re: chowseeker1999
                                                  TheOffalo RE: chowseeker1999 Jul 3, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                  The "real list" is just an arbitrary (albeit a traditional "top ten") cut off. Flossie's just misses the top ten based on point value. So some of the food writers "voted" for it it, just not enough.

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                                                    misterdudeguy RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 11:40 AM

                                                    although my absolute favorite thing about this list and others like it is watching folks hold their breath, stomp their feet, kick the dirt and spit at the umpire because somewhere someone has a different opinion than they do,
                                                    i also find them helpful because they're effective launching pads for finding information about good foodstuffs.

                                                    so rave on, john donnes.

                                                    1. re: misterdudeguy
                                                      Servorg RE: misterdudeguy Jul 3, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                      "so rave on, john donnes."

                                                      I'll let you take my plate when I'm donne with this...


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                                                  schrutefarms RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                  Ugh. Can't believe Jim Dandy's made the list. That place is the worst (except their corn fritters. Those are the shiznit). I would have thought Golden Bird would rate a little higher. I went to the Village Idiot for their fried chicken special a few weeks ago, and it was awful. The chicken itself was nice, and the slaw and biscuits were terrific….But the batter. Was. Awful. The batter is the whole reason for fried chicken!!! Super bland. Bland bland bland. I do love Honey's Kettle, but hate the location and the service and the fact that they always say they are out of breasts. But the lemonade and hot sauce are really good.

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                                                    EdE66 RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 07:42 PM

                                                    Did you notice that the judges were all white or Asian? No blacks? Doesn't that strike you as a bit... stupid? And no, by the way, I'm not black.

                                                    1. polldeldiablo RE: TheOffalo Jul 3, 2014 08:39 PM

                                                      Sometimes I think there should be a chowhound magazine with top 10 places of a category recommended by Chowhounders, with of course some form of compensation to the regulars(which excludes myself). Maybe ultimately since Michelin doesn't want to touch LA, Chowhound would become the LA version of Michelin. But then again, it might also be better for the truly best restaurants whether it's hip, classy or a HITW to not have 10 year lines due to the publicity :p

                                                      I owe Chowhound for not relying on yelp reviews to figure out a good place to go on the fly. Better to check CH and waste 5 more minutes finding a place than going to said place and wasting 30+mins and w/e the cost was.

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