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Fried chicken from Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills
Fried chicken at Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills.
Leslie Rodriguez

17 Fantastic Fried Chicken Restaurants to Try in Los Angeles

From Nashville hot to Korean twice-fried and everything in between

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Fried chicken at Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills.
| Leslie Rodriguez

Whether set atop of waffles with a side of maple syrup or piled high in a bucket fit for a picnic, there’s something wonderfully satisfying about expertly fried chicken. Los Angeles is home to plenty of standout specimens, available in all corners of the city and at varying price points. There’s never been a better time to seek out all that’s deep-fried, golden, and delicious. Here now are 17 killer fried chicken stops across Los Angeles.

Removed: AOC, Louisiana Fried Chicken, Dave’s Hot Chicken, Poppy + Rose, Sweet Chick, Phat Birds

Added: Lucky Bird, Dinah’s Chicken, Hotville Chicken, Merry’s House of Chicken

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Dinah’s Chicken

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Dinah’s has captured a slice of the South in Glendale since 1967. The secret to the Pearson family’s beloved fried chicken lies in the four different flours and 11 herbs and spices that coat each breast, leg, thigh, and wing. The pitch perfect seasonings, coupled with a pressure cooking deep-fryer, make for superbly moist specimens that are prized for its crispy, grease-less skins. The writing on the packaging says it all: “Nuthin’ Could Be Finah!”

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

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Yardbird owner John Kunkel has already established the restaurant mini-chain in cities far and wide, ranging from Miami, Las Vegas, and Singapore, to the heart of Los Angeles proper. While the steaks and egg-centric brunch dishes are seriously solid, it’s the classic fried chicken that deserves all the praise.

Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird on a decorated plate.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Crystal Coser

Crawford’s

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Cheap beer and fried chicken already sound like a winning combination, but when the bar comes from none other than Dustin Lancaster, you know it’s going to be something even more special. The result is Crawford’s, a Westlake drinking hole that puts out some surprisingly awesome fried chicken from the tiny kitchen in the back.

Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.

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This southern-Japanese fusion restaurant in the heart of Monterey Park serves up a karaage-inspired bird that's marinated in soy sauce. The batter is light, not too greasy, a little loose, and cracker-like. Opt for the breast pieces, where the karaage marinade penetrates to the bone and livens up what's usually the dullest of fried chicken cuts.

A big table for fried chicken and lots of sides.

Howlin' Ray's

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Possibly one of the hottest restaurants — in more than one way — in all of Los Angeles, Howlin’ Rays sports endless lines and a turn-it-up-to-11 ethos when it comes to Nashville-style hot chicken. Those feeling fearless aim for the Howlin’ level of spicy.

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Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman

OB Bear

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Between the gangjung (sweet-sauced Korean fried chicken) and the genuine Korean style tongdak (paper-skin fried Cornish hen), OB Bear is one of the city’s foremost specialists in Korean fried chicken.

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Lucky Bird

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Don’t be fooled by Lucky Bird’s simple exterior. Here in chef/owner Chris Dane’s workshop, he’s developed the kind of chicken that he likes to eat — juicy meat with a batter that always stays in place. Additionally, Dade maintains a chicken lab in the rear kitchen where staff butcher chickens, make a proprietary fermented hot sauce, and repurpose meat scraps for popcorn chicken.

Lucky Bird chef/owner Chris Dane.
Chef/owner Chris Dane of Lucky Bird at Grand Central Market.
Lucky Bird

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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Memphis-area import Gus's has proven capable of owning the fried chicken scene in Los Angeles. Now with multiple locations around tow, Gus’s spicy chicken option is a fan favorite with families, late night crowds, and everyone in between.

Pikunico

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Pikunico is Kuniko Yagi’s take on karaage, or Japanese fried chicken. The menu focuses on free-range chicken served in sandwiches, rice bowls, and combination baskets that include house-made pickles, a choice of ginger onigiri or fried fingerling potatoes, and white or dark meat.

Pikunico
Pikunico
Jakob Layman

Chef Marilyn's, Queen of Down Home Southern Goodies

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Folks in-the-know head to this soul food spot for chef Marilyn’s thoughtful cooking. The fried chicken is hard to pass up, as are the collards and yams.

Golden Bird

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Ever since opening the first Golden Bird location in Los Angeles back in 1953, the family of restaurants has become a South LA go-to for affordable fried chicken that satisfies all. And with its location on Crenshaw, it’s easier than ever to get the staple wet-battered chicken with all the fixins.

Merry's House of Chicken

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Merry Istiowati-Tio prepares three different styles of Indonesian fried chicken. Best of the trio is the house special aayam goreng kremesan that’s seasoned with garlic, turmeric, coriander, and salt, and deep-fried until crisp and golden. While the chicken’s flavors are harmonious and the meat is moist, it’s the crunchy rice flour crumbles scattered on top that bring on the fireworks.

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

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Culver City’s Honey's Kettle has the whole salty-sweet, finger-lickin’ thing down pat. Here, chicken is fried in enormous kettle drums until a thick, crispy coating is formed, and is served with packets of honey that are meant to be slathered all over the chicken and flaky biscuits.

Hotville Chicken

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Hotville Chicken comes by way of Kim Prince, the niece of Andre Prince Jeffries who owns both Prince’s Hot Chicken Shacks in Nashville. Located inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Hotville serves up its signature wares by the piece and in sandwich form.

Fried chicken from Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills
Hotville Chicken
Leslie Rodriguez

Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

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Adolf “King of Soul Food” Dulan delivers delightful down-home fare that hits the spot like nothing else. The fried chicken, which has been passed down through several generations, is marinated in a blend of herbs and spices and coated in flour before hitting the scorching oil.

 

Jim Dandy Fried Chicken

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What more needs to be said about this South LA institution? Jim Dandy's serves a moderately juicy bird with crunchy, nicely textured batter. It's the golden-fried standard of fried chicken in the city. Also, don't skip the corn fritters, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar, to all but ensure you're going to fall asleep at your desk after lunch. 

Not Your Mama's Kitchen

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Head to this neighborhood favorite for fried chicken prepared several ways. Larger appetites will appreciate the fried chicken dinner, which comes with three sides and a roll or cornbread. Wings and a la carte fried chicken is on the menu for those less hungry.

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Dinah’s Chicken

Dinah’s has captured a slice of the South in Glendale since 1967. The secret to the Pearson family’s beloved fried chicken lies in the four different flours and 11 herbs and spices that coat each breast, leg, thigh, and wing. The pitch perfect seasonings, coupled with a pressure cooking deep-fryer, make for superbly moist specimens that are prized for its crispy, grease-less skins. The writing on the packaging says it all: “Nuthin’ Could Be Finah!”

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird on a decorated plate.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Crystal Coser

Yardbird owner John Kunkel has already established the restaurant mini-chain in cities far and wide, ranging from Miami, Las Vegas, and Singapore, to the heart of Los Angeles proper. While the steaks and egg-centric brunch dishes are seriously solid, it’s the classic fried chicken that deserves all the praise.

Fried chicken and waffles from Yardbird on a decorated plate.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Crystal Coser

Crawford’s

Cheap beer and fried chicken already sound like a winning combination, but when the bar comes from none other than Dustin Lancaster, you know it’s going to be something even more special. The result is Crawford’s, a Westlake drinking hole that puts out some surprisingly awesome fried chicken from the tiny kitchen in the back.

Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.

A big table for fried chicken and lots of sides.

This southern-Japanese fusion restaurant in the heart of Monterey Park serves up a karaage-inspired bird that's marinated in soy sauce. The batter is light, not too greasy, a little loose, and cracker-like. Opt for the breast pieces, where the karaage marinade penetrates to the bone and livens up what's usually the dullest of fried chicken cuts.

A big table for fried chicken and lots of sides.

Howlin' Ray's

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Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman

Possibly one of the hottest restaurants — in more than one way — in all of Los Angeles, Howlin’ Rays sports endless lines and a turn-it-up-to-11 ethos when it comes to Nashville-style hot chicken. Those feeling fearless aim for the Howlin’ level of spicy.

howlin rays
Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman

OB Bear

O.B. Bear
O.B. Bear
GastronomyBlog

Between the gangjung (sweet-sauced Korean fried chicken) and the genuine Korean style tongdak (paper-skin fried Cornish hen), OB Bear is one of the city’s foremost specialists in Korean fried chicken.

O.B. Bear
O.B. Bear
GastronomyBlog

Lucky Bird

Lucky Bird chef/owner Chris Dane.
Chef/owner Chris Dane of Lucky Bird at Grand Central Market.
Lucky Bird

Don’t be fooled by Lucky Bird’s simple exterior. Here in chef/owner Chris Dane’s workshop, he’s developed the kind of chicken that he likes to eat — juicy meat with a batter that always stays in place. Additionally, Dade maintains a chicken lab in the rear kitchen where staff butcher chickens, make a proprietary fermented hot sauce, and repurpose meat scraps for popcorn chicken.

Lucky Bird chef/owner Chris Dane.
Chef/owner Chris Dane of Lucky Bird at Grand Central Market.
Lucky Bird

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Memphis-area import Gus's has proven capable of owning the fried chicken scene in Los Angeles. Now with multiple locations around tow, Gus’s spicy chicken option is a fan favorite with families, late night crowds, and everyone in between.

Pikunico

Pikunico
Pikunico
Jakob Layman

Pikunico is Kuniko Yagi’s take on karaage, or Japanese fried chicken. The menu focuses on free-range chicken served in sandwiches, rice bowls, and combination baskets that include house-made pickles, a choice of ginger onigiri or fried fingerling potatoes, and white or dark meat.

Pikunico
Pikunico
Jakob Layman

Chef Marilyn's, Queen of Down Home Southern Goodies

Folks in-the-know head to this soul food spot for chef Marilyn’s thoughtful cooking. The fried chicken is hard to pass up, as are the collards and yams.

Golden Bird

Ever since opening the first Golden Bird location in Los Angeles back in 1953, the family of restaurants has become a South LA go-to for affordable fried chicken that satisfies all. And with its location on Crenshaw, it’s easier than ever to get the staple wet-battered chicken with all the fixins.

Merry's House of Chicken

Merry Istiowati-Tio prepares three different styles of Indonesian fried chicken. Best of the trio is the house special aayam goreng kremesan that’s seasoned with garlic, turmeric, coriander, and salt, and deep-fried until crisp and golden. While the chicken’s flavors are harmonious and the meat is moist, it’s the crunchy rice flour crumbles scattered on top that bring on the fireworks.

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

Culver City’s Honey's Kettle has the whole salty-sweet, finger-lickin’ thing down pat. Here, chicken is fried in enormous kettle drums until a thick, crispy coating is formed, and is served with packets of honey that are meant to be slathered all over the chicken and flaky biscuits.

Hotville Chicken

Fried chicken from Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills
Hotville Chicken
Leslie Rodriguez

Hotville Chicken comes by way of Kim Prince, the niece of Andre Prince Jeffries who owns both Prince’s Hot Chicken Shacks in Nashville. Located inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Hotville serves up its signature wares by the piece and in sandwich form.

Fried chicken from Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills
Hotville Chicken
Leslie Rodriguez

Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

Adolf “King of Soul Food” Dulan delivers delightful down-home fare that hits the spot like nothing else. The fried chicken, which has been passed down through several generations, is marinated in a blend of herbs and spices and coated in flour before hitting the scorching oil.

 

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Jim Dandy Fried Chicken

What more needs to be said about this South LA institution? Jim Dandy's serves a moderately juicy bird with crunchy, nicely textured batter. It's the golden-fried standard of fried chicken in the city. Also, don't skip the corn fritters, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar, to all but ensure you're going to fall asleep at your desk after lunch. 

Not Your Mama's Kitchen

Head to this neighborhood favorite for fried chicken prepared several ways. Larger appetites will appreciate the fried chicken dinner, which comes with three sides and a roll or cornbread. Wings and a la carte fried chicken is on the menu for those less hungry.

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