Fried chicken is stealing all the limelight for itself in Los Angeles. There are restaurants, small and new joints that are opening solely dedicated to serving a deep-fried and battered version of the flightless bird. However, the processes of battering up the mixture for the chicken to be deep-fried has instantly become a famous American tradition, when in reality, it was incorporated from the African slaves who spiced their chicken with paprika and chili pepper. Up and coming chefs from all over the world such as India, Korea, Singapore, Jamaica, and other countries’ culinary and gastronomy backgrounds have sneakily used their secret recipes to put a spin on the chicken dish, making it almost a staple food in California. And the true beauty of every dish lies in the way every chef cooks their bird in their own formula. Indulge your taste buds by visiting these best spots for fried chicken in Los Angeles, California.
1. Howlin’ Ray’s
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Howlin’ Rays, true to its name, will make you howl your heart out not because of its hotness, but because of its perfect amount of tastiness that will take you places. It can be more of a dilemma to figure out what exactly Howlin’ Rays is really known for. Is it the never-ending lines? Is it the most perfect deliciously fried chicken? One thing is definitely certain, the long queue is worth the wait when you get your hands on the most-awaited fried chicken: the Nashville-style hot chicken. You also get to choose from six levels of heat, the hottest being the Howlin’, accompanied by a pair of rubber gloves to eliminate the risk of spices seeping into your skin. Although the cooked bird is spicy, it is also delicious with the right amount of oil, producing the perfect amount of juice from the flesh.
Address: 727 N Broadway #128, Los Angeles, CA 90012, US
Website: Howlin’ Ray’s
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11am - 7pm; (closed on Sun & Mon)
If you have heard of this famous saying, “what you see is what you get”, then you must know of Crawford’s. The first thing you would read on the brick exterior of the bar is “Fried chicken” and “Cold beer”. And that is what you get from Crawford’s. Southern-style hot chicken, nostalgia-filled bar, and past gimmicks. Even with the renovations, Crawford’s never gave away the feeling of a ‘new bar’, mainly because of its striped brick walls, deer hunt game, pool table, and also a canoe lookalike hovering over the bar, making Crawfords feel and fit right at home.
Address: 2616 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 5pm - 12:30am; Thur: 12pm - 12:30am; Fri - Sun: 12pm - 2am
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Because of less footfall, Birdie’s replaced South Park by its chef-owner Jason Harley. Just like most of the doughnut shops in L.A, Birdie’s is a doughnut and a coffee joint that also serves one of the best fried chickens. The chef, Jason Harley, is known for his coffee, doughnut, and fried chicken, in that order, and he makes sure that all three are served in their best form to the customers.
Address: 314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Thur: 7am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: Open 24 hours; Sun: 12am - 8pm
The four walls of Honeybird comprise an airy space with white walls, embellished with decorative stone glasses, light wood tables, and the infamous pie case. To devour on the fried chicken, all you have to do is order at the counter and then grab a number and your table. Chickens that are being fried are free from hormones and are all organic, brined for 28 hours in their secret blend of spice and herbs that are later dipped in bubbling soybean oil. The fried chicken is seasoned well, with the perfect amount of batter, and is accompanied with a choice of dips and sides.
Address: 3201 S Hoover St suite 1835, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm; (closed on Sun)
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Straight from Taiwan, Hot-Star comes to California with its famous fried chicken that became an instant hit in the homeland because of its gigantic size with a unique blend of flavors. Hot-Star, unlike other fried chicken joints, uses special techniques and machines to cut and flatten the chicken, which makes the chicken look thin and huge. After the marination, the bird is then deep-fried and covered with a blend of natural herbs and spices, before being packed in the blue and white paper bag.
Address: 1606 Nogales St, Rowland Heights, CA 91748, USA
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 3am - 3pm; (closed on Mon)
6. Mom's Bar-B-Q House
Tucked away in the corner of a Van Nuys strip mall, a small joint comes into existence, Mom’s Bar-B-Q where the “Mom” comes from Louisiana and her menu solely features among great barbecue food, true to its name. “Mom” serves lip-smacking pork and beef ribs, mild to hot links, and many more, and what seems to be the crowd’s favorite is Mom’s fried chicken wing with a rib. The chicken is fried deeply to form a golden crunch with excess oil found everywhere. Add another great dish like sweet mac and cheese, and friendly service, making it a perfect spot for your next lunch.
Mom's Bar-B-Q House
Address: 1050 Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA
Website: Mom’s Bar-B-Q House
Opening hours: Mon - Thur: 10am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 10pm
7. Krispy Krunchy
Although Krispy Krunchy serves some of the best fried chicken in America, you will find flocks of people standing in a line, waiting for their turn to order America’s goodness. With over 2000 locations nationwide, Krispy Krunchy serves the bird where the skin is crackly and the meat moist, because of its proprietary “Cajun flavor injection” which makes it as hot as you can imagine. And to soothe down your taste buds, they also sell blueberry biscuits.
Address: 600 S Alvarado St # 111, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
Website: Krispy Krunchy
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)
Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing
Talking about Korean food, 77 Kentucky, pronounced as chil-chil-Kentucky, is famous for its juiciest white meat more renowned than the other counterparts selling Korean fried chicken in the town. Other than their juicy and tasty white meat, you will also find their Chinese chicken to be as delicious as it looks, tossed in Kung-pao-style sauce.
Address: 698 Vermont Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90005, USA
Website: 77 Kentucky
Opening hours: Mon - Thur: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12pm; Sun - 11am - 11pm
9. Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
A delicious plate of fried chicken is a work of art in modern times. Jim Dandy Fried Chicken is famous for its zesty chicken, seasoned in a way to be the crispiest in town, and the first bite on the meat oozes out with schmaltz. Other than this, there are corn fritters sprinkled with powdered sugar all over. The humble takeout stand, enclosed in bulletproof glass, holds true as a cultural relic. Even after decades of serving fried chicken, they still are the best in town.
Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
Address: 11328 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA
Website: Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
10. Phat Birds
All it takes is just one bite of the spicy hot chicken and honey to make you keep coming back for more. Out of Chef Max Henriques’s three signature chicken dishes- Honey-dipped chicken, Nashville got chicken, and plain fried version, honey-dipped chicken is people’s favorites. Prepare to be dribbled with the juice over your chin and onto your fingers. This results from Henriquez brining the bird overnight. The accompaniments for his bird are just as mind-blowing as the main dish itself.
Address: 4701 E 3rd St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022, USA
Website: Phat Birds
Opening hours: Tue - Thur: 11:30am - 4pm; Fri: 11:30am - 9pm; Sat: 12pm - 8pm; Sun: 12am - 4pm
Explore your taste buds
With restaurants and joints serving their bird in a unique way, it will be hard for your taste buds to get bored. And now comes the time to treat your taste buds to the best fried chicken served in Los Angeles, California.
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