LA’s wave of fried chicken restaurants just keeps surging, as evidenced by today’s opening of Lucky Bird at Grand Central Market. The long, open stall takes up residence towards the Broadway end of the building, directly across from Valerie and near Eggslut.
Lucky Bird was originally supposed to be called Spring Chicken, but chef/owner Chris Dane decided to flip the name somewhere along the way. The menu itself is still just as straightforward though, with room for three- and five-piece fried chicken sandwich plates and buckets, plus a simple fried chicken sandwich with smoked paprika aioli. To round things out, look for a chicken and waffles plate as well as a bunch of sides like biscuits and coleslaw, plus the addition of beer and wine.
This new name is the first to hit Grand Central Market in a bit, but shows once again the endlessly busy open-air bazaar isn’t afraid to keep tinkering. The relatively recent addition of Sari Sari Store by Margarita Manzke has achieved a ton of early success, so there’s always room to grow — even at one of the city’s oldest public marketplaces.
That’s not to say Lucky Bird won’t face any competition. Further south in Downtown is Corporation Food Hall, with its own on-site fried chicken operator in South City, while Tim Hollingsworth has his CJ Boyd’s project up and running yet another food fall called The Fields that’s attached to the LAFC Banc of California Stadium. But undoubtedly the biggest bird of them all is Howlin’ Ray’s in Chinatown, turning out hundreds of fried chicken sandwiches daily.
Lucky Bird opens today at Grand Central Market, with room at the counter for up to 12 diners at a clip. Expect daily hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lucky Bird at Grand Central Market. 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.