Whether it’s National Fried Chicken Day or not, it’s always a terrific time to indulge in this delicious snack. Often thought of as an American classic, fried chicken is an easy menu choice. L.A. chefs channel their inner Southern spirit by prepping fried chicken all year long. Whether it is cooked country-style or spiced with some heat, it is always delicious. For the best fried chicken in L.A., read on and be prepared to lick your fingers.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
www.plancheck.comPlan Check’s fried chicken is not to be missed at any of their incredible locations around the city. Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura elevates two different fried chicken dishes to another level. Uchimura’s smokey fried version is brined in buttermilk and then fried in beef tallow to impart umami flavoring (chef was the founder chef behind Umami Burger). The smoky crusted Jidori chicken is served with a smokey milk gravy, yam preserves and hot sauce pickled okra to round out all of your taste buds. Inspired by culinary influences from the South region of the United States, Chef Uchimura’s southern fry chicken sandwich is a smoky fried Jidori chicken topped with melted spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham and slaw.
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1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291
www.williejane.comFried to perfection, Mary’s Fried Chicken on the Willie Jane menu is a delicious way to enjoy a fried dish. Executive Chef Govind Armstrong brings a taste of the South to the Venice beach town. Accompanied with snipped leaves and herbs from the restaurant’s neighboring Cook’s Garden, Armstrong’s chicken features a crispy exterior that envelopes the juicy meat inside. Simmered greens with pickled Cook’s Garden peppers and the house mac n’ cheese topped with herbed bread crumbs are excellent side choices.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
3525 W. Carson St.
Torrance, CA 90503
www.lazydogrestaurants.comThe newest addition to Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar’s menu is Country Chicken & Biscuits, served at brunch. The dish includes crispy fried chicken, housemade chicken sausage, two sunny side eggs and a housemade buttermilk biscuit. The kitchen pours a Cajun gravy spiced maple syrup all over the homecooked-style meal. Hair of the Dog bloody marys, mimosas and signature sangrias are $5 each during brunch, and a relaxing way to enjoy the weekend.
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A.O.C. Wine Bar
8700 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
www.aocwinebar.comKnown for terrific food for brunch, lunch and dinner, West Hollywood’s A.O.C. Wine Bar is undoubtedly one of Los Angeles’ best spots to grab a bite. And, when it comes to brunch and serving up a great fried chicken dish, look no further than their Spanish fried chicken and cornmeal waffle. With jamon butter, and maple syrup, it is their delicious version of fried chicken and waffles. You won’t want to miss this option when you’re ordering!
1755 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
www.herringboneeats.comAt this scenic eatery & bar which delicious fresh seafood and more in a great setting, you’ll want to skip the fish dishes and opt instead for their Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Made with fried Jidori chicken, coleslaw, Thousand Island dressing and butter pickles on bread, it’s heaven with each bite. Add a side of fries, and you’re in business.
Mom’s Bar-BQ House
14062 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
www.momsbarbq.comWhen you’re looking for some authentic fried chicken, it’s only natural to seek a spot that features down home Creole cooked items on its menu. At Moms Bar-BQ House in Van Nuys, you’ll find that and more. Situated in the corner of a strip mall, Mom’s offers up Louisiana food, including BBQ ribs (pork, beef, etc), as well as fried chicken. One bite of the fried chicken here will be enough to make you a believer and want to keep coming back time and time again when your fried chicken craving sets in. The fried chicken here is fried to a golden crisp making it extra delicious.
1323 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
www.rd-kitchen.comR&D’s menu is not as extensive or long as are the menus at the other related Hillstone Group restaurants, but the food here is nothing short of incredible. It shows by the line out the door, and the patrons who keep frequenting this Montana Avenue hot spot each week. For a real fried chicken treat, R+D Kitchen’s famous Ding’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich with their famous vinaigrette slaw is always a solid bet. Fried Chicken and slaw smashed together by a bun makes for one really great meal. One thing is for sure: you will never leave disappointed when you order this dish. From the first bite, you’ll be in love.
Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
www.eatmbpost.comChef and Owner David LeFevre’s distinguishing take on fried chicken at Manhattan Beach Post (known to South Bay-ers as MB Post) is the delicate balance he gives diners between sweet and savory. MB Post’s honey truffle fried chicken is a stellar choice served with a side of kohlrabi (a green cabbage) slaw and is only available on the weekend brunch menu. At this point, you are into some serious indulging, and you might as well order the bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits served with a maple butter, perfect for sharing. LeFevre’s menu is in constant flux as his dishes are always inspired by what is in season locally.
115 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.tartrestaurant.comTART, a down-home restaurant located in the eclectic Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, inspires down-home cooking from Southern cuisine and Brit pub fare. Serving the delicious classic buttermilk fried chicken, TART Chef Nick Erven kicks it up a notch with Southern hospitality. Erven deep-fries the chicken in a classic buttermilk crust and serves it on top of a fresh, sweet, crunchy waffle drizzled with a melted Tabasco-maple butter for a spicy-sweet kick. Whether visiting during brunch or dinner, comfort food is served all day at a countertop bar or in the outdoor courtyard with a fire pit and twinkle lights for social ambiance.