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ChocoChicken in Santa Monica

Walked by the former 104 Wine Bar by the Ocean spot (Santa Monica Blvd near Ocean Ave) and saw signs in the window indicating ChocoChicken was applying for a liquor license there.

Haven't tried ChocoChicken. Any good?

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  1. I haven't tried ChocoChicken yet, either. Early online reviews vary from complex, crispy and delicious to burnt-tasting of old grease.

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    1. re: nosh

      Oh, dear, that's quite a variation. =( Hopefully they'll have a more consistent(ly good) product at the Santa Monica location.

      1. re: paranoidgarliclover

        I'm not sure if the issue is consistency or taste. That dark bittersweet taste in the batter may be controversial, or take some getting used to. The big names behind the project would indicate they can put out a product...

        1. re: nosh

          Oh. =( That's really bad. Might skip then, as there are (quite a few) other places I prefer in Santa Monica....

    2. The L.A. Weekly review was very negative.

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      1. re: Dogbite Williams

        http://www.laweekly.com/squidink/2014...

        "ChocoChicken is mainly not disgusting. But saying a restaurant isn't as bad as it sounds? That's hardly a ringing endorsement."

      2. Note that ChocoChicken is headed by Adam Fleishman (800 Degrees) and the guy from Feed The Monster. So there is a pedigree.

        I'd be interested in trying it if prices were reasonable and parking wasn't painful.

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        1. re: nosh

          Pedigree or not Choco chicken was complete shit. I felt like Fleishman was pulling a prank on us all, waiting to pop out and say, gotcha.

          1. re: Johnny L

            Does Adam F have enough money to troll Los Angeles? Lol

        2. French fries & coleslaw...DELICIOUS, been dreaming about them!

          Chicken...meh better cold the next day. The real problem with the chicken is that they use cheap/no taste chicken. The crunch and the squirt of fat is there, when you bite into it, but the chicken doesn't taste like anything and is a bit rubbery.

          My clothes and hair smelled like fried food when I got home.

          LAWeekly review was a bit snide.