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.
714 Foothill Blvd.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Southern-inspired Honeybird serves up its signature fried chicken with all the fixins’ as well as homemade pies and fresh and seasonal sides. The slightly elevated chicken shack experience appeals to both families and foodies alike as they munch on the restaurants specialties which include great fried chicken items.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Plan 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
Fried 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
A great item on the menu at te Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is their 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. But, for dinner, you can also get a fried chicken dish, which comes with hand-dipped buttermilk chicken, red skin potato mash, white gravy, spiced maple syrup, sautéed bacon and spinach, and roasted sweet corn wheels.
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A.O.C. Wine Bar
8700 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Known 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. When it comes to brunch, one of the favorite dishes to choose from is their Spanish fried chicken and cornmeal waffle with jamon butter and maple syrup. Even those trying to watch what they’re eating can’t help but order it, and certainly regret not ordering it once they see the waiter walk by with it for another table.
727 N Broadway #128
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Stop by this Nashville-style spot and get a taste of the south with their special fried chicken, and tasty sides. There’s plenty to choose from here, including plates where you can get a breast and wing, or get a half bird with a breast, wing, leg and thigh. Want a boneless breast? GEt the Skinny Jimmy. Add how hot you want the chicken to be along with some sides like hot shake fries, braised collard greens and creamy macaroni salad, and you’re in fried-chicken heaven!
Mom’s Bar-BQ House
14062 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
When 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
R&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.
115 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
TART, 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 Keith Shutta 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.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
1262 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
This long running chain serves up fried chicken that you simply won’t find anywhere else. With a comfortable and low key vibe and setting, this Tennessee import has positioned itself as one of the best spots to get your fried chicken on. Add in some delicious sides like cole slaw, and beans, and you’ll feel like you stepped into the south.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
400 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Love some good fried chicken? Stop by on Monday’s and enjoy their special spicy fried chicken for dinner. Josef Centeno puts together a $35 spread which includes fried chicken, and sides like mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits and coleslaw.