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15 Fried Dishes To Try Right Now in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgGreasy spoons specialize in two things - breakfast, and fried things. The fryolater (or what chefs call the commercial deep fryer) might not have qualified as one of the best inventions of the last century, but it certainly contributed more to the American diet and culture than one gives credit for. Thus, fried foods pervade not only fast food places, but plenty of good eateries touting high-quality ingredients and carefully prepared dishes. As a nod to greasy spoons and their fried bites, Eater presents 15 fried dishes to try right now in Los Angeles. Grab 'em before they cool off.


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1. Crispy Pig Tails at Willie Jane

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1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-2425
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The crispy fried pig tails get tossed in a "buffalo" sauce at chef Govind Armstrong's ode to Southern Cuisine. Gnawing on one of these pig tails out on the back patio is a supreme joy.

2. Tempura Onion Rings at Umami Burger

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 954-8626
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The tempura-fried onion rings get battered in a malt-liquor batter before getting a quick crisp in the frier at the popular burger purveyor.

3. Fried Shrimp Heads at The Hart + The Hunter

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7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-3055
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The fried shrimp heads are a great way to get rid of something that might otherwise be considered waste. They're tossed beautifully with chili flakes and sliced scallions.

4. Portobello Fries at Bottega Louie

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700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
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The fried portobello mushroom fries get a slight batter and quick fry before getting set up like steak fries. Served with a side of creamy aioli.

5. Cheesy Churros at Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300
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The cheesy churros are addictive, salty, almost deceptively sweet (like a churro), and of course slightly crisp from the frier. One of the best starters in the city, thanks to chef Walter Manzke.

6. Pig Croquettas at Flores

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2024 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles Ca
Los Angeles, CA
The crispy pig croquettas, covered with bread crumbs, are served elegantly on a long cutting board and placed on a thick aioli, then gets a side of pickle slivers to counter balance the untcuous bites at this beautiful new Sawtelle restaurant.

7. Shrimp & Lobster Egg Rolls at Rush Street

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9546 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-9546
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The shrimp and lobster eggrolls are made like classic Chinese egg rolls, with a terrific crispy wonton wrapper and served with a trio of dipping sauces for thrice the fun.

8. Chicken Karaage at Ramen Yamadaya

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11172 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 815-8776
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The chicken karaage at this mini ramen chain is dense, crisped to just the right amount, and served with a cabbage slaw, perhaps to balance out every schmaltzy bite.

9. Morning Glory Salad at Jitlada Thai Restaurant

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5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9809
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The deep-fried morning glory might be one of the best dishes at this popular Southern Thai restaurant, served with a sweet mango slaw and then dressed in a sugary-spicy dressing and chunks of shrimp.

10. Crispy Pork Belly at Pa-Ord Noodle

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5301 Sunset Blvd Ste 8
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 461-3945
Crispy pork belly with morning glory or chinese broccoli at this casual eatery in Thai Town might be the best draw. Perfectly browned and countered by the crunchy morning glory greens, you'll swoon after taking a bite.

11. Fried Kimchi Rice Balls at Seoul Sausage Company

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11313 Mississippi Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-7739
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The kimchi arancini takes a familiar dish, kimchi fried rice, and rolls them into balls before getting breaded and deep fried for a near-perfect fusion of Korean cuisine with Italian technique.

12. Fried Ipswich Clams at Blue Plate Oysterette

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1355 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-3474
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The fried clams at this oceanside shack come with the whole bellies, making each bite not only stringy and chewy, but also creamy. Sprinkled with lemon juice and dipped into tartar sauce, it's a great appetizer.

13. Deep Fried Grits at City Tavern

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9739 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-9739
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The deep-fried grits at this Culver City pub are great to eat with the expansive beer list. The grits are made with Fiscalini smoked cheddar and served with buttermilk dressing.

14. Veal Schnitzel at BierBeisl

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9669 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-7274
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Perhaps the best schnitzel in town, chef Bernhard Mairinger takes high-quality veal, then pounds it thinly before breading and frying. It's served with a potato salad and some sweet, tangy lingonberries.

15. Korean Fried Chicken at The Prince

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3198 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 389-2007
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The Korean-fried chicken at this old-school restaurant turned Korean pub might be some of the best in the city, fried to an addictive crisp and served with tangy pickled daikon cubes and shredded cabbage.

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1. Crispy Pig Tails at Willie Jane

1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
The crispy fried pig tails get tossed in a "buffalo" sauce at chef Govind Armstrong's ode to Southern Cuisine. Gnawing on one of these pig tails out on the back patio is a supreme joy.
1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

2. Tempura Onion Rings at Umami Burger

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The tempura-fried onion rings get battered in a malt-liquor batter before getting a quick crisp in the frier at the popular burger purveyor.
189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. Fried Shrimp Heads at The Hart + The Hunter

7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The fried shrimp heads are a great way to get rid of something that might otherwise be considered waste. They're tossed beautifully with chili flakes and sliced scallions.
7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

4. Portobello Fries at Bottega Louie

700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The fried portobello mushroom fries get a slight batter and quick fry before getting set up like steak fries. Served with a side of creamy aioli.
700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

5. Cheesy Churros at Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The cheesy churros are addictive, salty, almost deceptively sweet (like a churro), and of course slightly crisp from the frier. One of the best starters in the city, thanks to chef Walter Manzke.
7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Pig Croquettas at Flores

2024 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles Ca, Los Angeles, CA
The crispy pig croquettas, covered with bread crumbs, are served elegantly on a long cutting board and placed on a thick aioli, then gets a side of pickle slivers to counter balance the untcuous bites at this beautiful new Sawtelle restaurant.
2024 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles Ca
Los Angeles, CA

7. Shrimp & Lobster Egg Rolls at Rush Street

9546 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
The shrimp and lobster eggrolls are made like classic Chinese egg rolls, with a terrific crispy wonton wrapper and served with a trio of dipping sauces for thrice the fun.
9546 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

8. Chicken Karaage at Ramen Yamadaya

11172 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
The chicken karaage at this mini ramen chain is dense, crisped to just the right amount, and served with a cabbage slaw, perhaps to balance out every schmaltzy bite.
11172 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

9. Morning Glory Salad at Jitlada Thai Restaurant

5233 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The deep-fried morning glory might be one of the best dishes at this popular Southern Thai restaurant, served with a sweet mango slaw and then dressed in a sugary-spicy dressing and chunks of shrimp.
5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Crispy Pork Belly at Pa-Ord Noodle

5301 Sunset Blvd Ste 8, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Crispy pork belly with morning glory or chinese broccoli at this casual eatery in Thai Town might be the best draw. Perfectly browned and countered by the crunchy morning glory greens, you'll swoon after taking a bite.
5301 Sunset Blvd Ste 8
Los Angeles, CA 90027

11. Fried Kimchi Rice Balls at Seoul Sausage Company

11313 Mississippi Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025
The kimchi arancini takes a familiar dish, kimchi fried rice, and rolls them into balls before getting breaded and deep fried for a near-perfect fusion of Korean cuisine with Italian technique.
11313 Mississippi Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

12. Fried Ipswich Clams at Blue Plate Oysterette

1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The fried clams at this oceanside shack come with the whole bellies, making each bite not only stringy and chewy, but also creamy. Sprinkled with lemon juice and dipped into tartar sauce, it's a great appetizer.
1355 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

13. Deep Fried Grits at City Tavern

9739 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
The deep-fried grits at this Culver City pub are great to eat with the expansive beer list. The grits are made with Fiscalini smoked cheddar and served with buttermilk dressing.
9739 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

14. Veal Schnitzel at BierBeisl

9669 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Perhaps the best schnitzel in town, chef Bernhard Mairinger takes high-quality veal, then pounds it thinly before breading and frying. It's served with a potato salad and some sweet, tangy lingonberries.
9669 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Korean Fried Chicken at The Prince

3198 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
The Korean-fried chicken at this old-school restaurant turned Korean pub might be some of the best in the city, fried to an addictive crisp and served with tangy pickled daikon cubes and shredded cabbage.
3198 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

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