Is there anybody who doesn’t love fried chicken? If it’s done right, that satisfying crunch when you bite into it is such a blissful moment. Los Angeles and the West Coast in general might be best known for the chicken-and-waffles creation credited to Rosco’s, but there are some other exemplary spots that deserve mention. In this article, we’ll talk about some of our favorite fried chicken restaurants Los Angeles.
We had to start with this popular spot frequented by celebs such as Biggie Smalls back in the day. It’s still a good bet for celebrity sightings, but forget autograph hunting. Your attention should stay on the food, and it never disappoints. The Lord Harvey is a half crispy fried chicken smothered in gravy and onions, plus grits and a fluffy hot biscuit. This calorie bomb may sink your diet, but don’t worry. There’s plenty of gyms around to burn off those calories. You can also order your chicken a la carte, and then load up on the sides. We recommend the red beans and rice, cornbread, and mac and cheese. It’s magical.
Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
Near Willowbrook on South Vermont Avenue, this is a fast-food style spot, but don’t let that give you a negative impression of the place. The chicken is the star, as it should be, but don’t sleep on the corn fritters, crispy hush puppies, and peppery collard greens. If you’re feeding a crowd, get the 18-piece meal with three large sides and six rolls. The prices are very reasonable, though the staff is a bit brusque, shall we say.
Gus’s World-Famous Fried Chicken
This is a chain out of Memphis, and you can find them on Crenshaw Blvd. If you like your fried chicken spicy, this is the place to go, and it’s not a bad spot to hang out for a few minutes either, with several TVs that always have sports going. Start with the fried pickles, then grab a three-piece meal, either white or dark meat, along with either baked beans, greens, or seasoned fries. Try to save a little space for dessert. The pies are fresh, and they’re all winners, either the pecan, chocolate chess or the sweet potato.
Fried bird might not be the healthiest option every day, but as a special treat, you’ve got to live a little, and chowing down at any of these three will put a smile on your face. Which is the best? You’ll have to sample each one to make the call.