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17 Places to Win the Fried Chicken Sandwich Wars in Los Angeles

Where to find the most finger lickin' good sandwiches in LA

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The fried chicken sandwich at Banh Oui
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Big name chefs, restaurateurs, and national chains have honed in on the ultimate comfort food — the fried chicken sandwich — gifting the City of Angels with some of the best iterations in the country. From the fiery hot chicken at Howlin’ Ray’s to the Hong Kong-inspired creations at BOLO, the city has it all. Here now are 17 essential fried chicken sandwiches in Los Angeles.

Removed: Corner Grill, Fundamental, Badmaash

Added: Banh Oui, Fuku, Dune, Lettuce Feast

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dave’s Hot Chicken

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5166 Lankershim Blvd Ste D
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 358-4793
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Dave’s Hot Chicken is in full-on expansion mode, having inked a deal for a new location up in North Hollywood. The bigger, brighter second outlet (the first is down on Western) is still teeming with fans who come through for that perfect Instagram shot to go along with their bright red, and rather spicy, tender sandwiches.

Two chicken tender sliders and a fries combo meal.
Dave’s Hot Chicken
Wonho Frank Lee

2. Lettuce Feast

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14320 Ventura Blvd #604
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(424) 261-3659
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Street food sensation Lettuce Feast is out to conquer the seemingly impossible: make a meatless, all-vegan fried “chicken” that actually tastes good. So far the crew is keeping up with that promise, playing to endlessly long lines at pop-ups around the city. For those who want the full experience, opt for the spicy version.

3. Dune

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3143 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 486-7073
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With an accessible location in Downtown and a second in Atwater Village, Dune is one of those LA standbys that works for any mood. While its Middle Eastern platters are irresistible, hone in on the fried chicken shawarma that’s unexpected and wholly satisfying.

4. Friends & Family

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5150 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 668-2000

East Hollywood bakery Friends & Family knows how to turn up the flavor on its lunchtime fried chicken sandwich. The secret ingredient is a seasonal chutney that graces the top, adding sweetness and balance to the fried bird.

5. Electric Owl

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1451 N Gardner St
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 545-6565
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Chef Ernesto Uchimura’s Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich at Electric Owl in Hollywood is dangerously spicy, so be prepared to chug some water and use plenty of napkins to dab sauce stains gathering around that big smile.

Electric Owl
Electric Owl
Farley Elliott

6. Banh Oui Melrose

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6909 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 852-3944
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There’s a lot to like with Banh Oui’s fried chicken sandwich, offered on a robust roll with Lebanese garlic spread, pickles, kale slaw, plenty of chiles, and a welcome smear of pate.

A big fried chicken sandwich with lots of greens from Banh Oui Melrose.
Banh Oui Melrose
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7. Kali

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5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-4160
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Chef Kevin Meehan knows his way around a fine dining dinner menu, but for lunch he’s more than willing to keep it casual. That’s why you’ll find an approachable alternative to beet risotto and high-end fish in the form of a fried chicken sandwich. The simplistic option is served tall thanks to a heavy tuft of cabbage slaw.

8. Son of a Gun

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8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9033
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This behemoth of a chicken sandwich is a towering construction of audibly crispy and powerfully seasoned fried chicken, vinegary slaw, crunchy bread and butter pickles, and spicy mayo. It’s more than a little ironic that this chicken sandwich has become the most popular dish at Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood restaurant.

9. Howlin' Ray's

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727 N Broadway #128
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8399
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Everyone has to wait in line for this behemoth, but it’s well worth it. The huge boneless breast is fried until it attains a crisp crust spiced with a combination of ghost, habanero and cayenne peppers. The spice is balanced by sliced pickles, slaw, a special “comeback sauce,” and a classic buttery bun.

A bright red spicy chicken and fries order from Howlin’ Ray’s.
Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman

10. Preux & Proper

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840 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 896-0090
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There’s something special about the Nashville hot fried chicken sandwich at Preux & Proper, downtown’s New Orleans-inspired Southern restaurant. The chicken, massive and seasoned with all the right spices, comes topped with slaw and a buttered bun. House pickles are served on the side.  

11. Pikunico

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767 S Alameda St Suite 122
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 278-0407
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Chef Kuniko Yagi’s Japanese-style fried chicken sandwich comes squished between a turmeric-tinged bun with pickled daikon, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, lemon aioli, and miso jam. The jalapeno’s heat is a pleasant surprise.

Pikunico
Pikunico
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12. BOLO at Smorgasburg

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787 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(718) 928-6603
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Consider this fried chicken sandwich a love letter to Hong Kong. First comes a Jidori chicken cutlet, then a chili-garlic aioli and a Cantonese slaw, finally the whole thing is sandwiched between a hot, butter-toasted pineapple bun (bolo). This sandwich is seriously savory, a touch spicy, and just sweet enough to keep things interesting.

BOLO
BOLO
Jakob Layman

13. Highly Likely Café

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4310 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(310) 622-4550
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Settle into the Lil Chicky sandwich at this sunny West Adams spot. Hidden in between the milk bun and beneath the tempura-fried chicken breast is a minty slaw, pickled red onions, Kewpie mayonnaise, and a bit of labneh.

14. Fuku

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1315 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

With its plush potato roll and crunchy pickles, this Southern-style sandwich is the star at Fuku. It’s a reasonable buy at $8 and a solid deal with a drink and fries at $11. Order it as a “knockout” and the sandwich comes loaded with seasoned cabbage and a spicy mayo-like sauce. 

15. Night + Market Sahm

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2533 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

With the opening of his Venice restaurant location, chef Kris Yenbamroong is officially in the Westside fried chicken sandwich business. His lunchtime favorite comes topped with papaya salad and ranch dressing, making it a big, spicy, delicious mess, filled with Thai flavors and served not far from the beach.

Night + Market fried chicken
Night + Market fried chicken sandwich
Night + Market

16. Great White

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1604 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 744-8403
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The fried chicken sandwich at Venice cafe Great White is so popular, Bon Appetit named it the best version they ate all year. And for good reason: The chicken is dredged in rice flour, served with a tangy sweet onion mayo with champagne dressing, and offered with bibb lettuce on a sesame brioche bun. Not bad for a fried chicken sandwich worthy of national attention.

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Great White
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17. Painter's Tape

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1725 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 353-3780
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This neighborhood restaurant has a much more creative touch than one might expect for Gardena. The fried chicken sandwich is especially good, with a hunk of pepper-fried chicken breast coated in a crispy coat. Finished with honey mustard and crunchy green lettuce, it's enclosed in a perfect white bun.

Painter’s Tape
Painter’s Tape
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1. Dave’s Hot Chicken

5166 Lankershim Blvd Ste D, North Hollywood, CA 91606
Two chicken tender sliders and a fries combo meal.
Dave’s Hot Chicken
Wonho Frank Lee

Dave’s Hot Chicken is in full-on expansion mode, having inked a deal for a new location up in North Hollywood. The bigger, brighter second outlet (the first is down on Western) is still teeming with fans who come through for that perfect Instagram shot to go along with their bright red, and rather spicy, tender sandwiches.

5166 Lankershim Blvd Ste D
North Hollywood, CA 91606

2. Lettuce Feast

14320 Ventura Blvd #604, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Street food sensation Lettuce Feast is out to conquer the seemingly impossible: make a meatless, all-vegan fried “chicken” that actually tastes good. So far the crew is keeping up with that promise, playing to endlessly long lines at pop-ups around the city. For those who want the full experience, opt for the spicy version.

14320 Ventura Blvd #604
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

3. Dune

3143 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

With an accessible location in Downtown and a second in Atwater Village, Dune is one of those LA standbys that works for any mood. While its Middle Eastern platters are irresistible, hone in on the fried chicken shawarma that’s unexpected and wholly satisfying.

3143 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

4. Friends & Family

5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

East Hollywood bakery Friends & Family knows how to turn up the flavor on its lunchtime fried chicken sandwich. The secret ingredient is a seasonal chutney that graces the top, adding sweetness and balance to the fried bird.

5150 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Electric Owl

1451 N Gardner St, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Electric Owl
Electric Owl
Farley Elliott

Chef Ernesto Uchimura’s Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich at Electric Owl in Hollywood is dangerously spicy, so be prepared to chug some water and use plenty of napkins to dab sauce stains gathering around that big smile.

1451 N Gardner St
West Hollywood, CA 90046

6. Banh Oui Melrose

6909 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
A big fried chicken sandwich with lots of greens from Banh Oui Melrose.
Banh Oui Melrose
Banh Oui [official]

There’s a lot to like with Banh Oui’s fried chicken sandwich, offered on a robust roll with Lebanese garlic spread, pickles, kale slaw, plenty of chiles, and a welcome smear of pate.

6909 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

7. Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Chef Kevin Meehan knows his way around a fine dining dinner menu, but for lunch he’s more than willing to keep it casual. That’s why you’ll find an approachable alternative to beet risotto and high-end fish in the form of a fried chicken sandwich. The simplistic option is served tall thanks to a heavy tuft of cabbage slaw.

5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Son of a Gun

8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This behemoth of a chicken sandwich is a towering construction of audibly crispy and powerfully seasoned fried chicken, vinegary slaw, crunchy bread and butter pickles, and spicy mayo. It’s more than a little ironic that this chicken sandwich has become the most popular dish at Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood restaurant.

8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Howlin' Ray's

727 N Broadway #128, Los Angeles, CA 90012
A bright red spicy chicken and fries order from Howlin’ Ray’s.
Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman

Everyone has to wait in line for this behemoth, but it’s well worth it. The huge boneless breast is fried until it attains a crisp crust spiced with a combination of ghost, habanero and cayenne peppers. The spice is balanced by sliced pickles, slaw, a special “comeback sauce,” and a classic buttery bun.

727 N Broadway #128
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10. Preux & Proper

840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

There’s something special about the Nashville hot fried chicken sandwich at Preux & Proper, downtown’s New Orleans-inspired Southern restaurant. The chicken, massive and seasoned with all the right spices, comes topped with slaw and a buttered bun. House pickles are served on the side.  

840 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

11. Pikunico

767 S Alameda St Suite 122, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Pikunico
Pikunico
@GastronomyBlog

Chef Kuniko Yagi’s Japanese-style fried chicken sandwich comes squished between a turmeric-tinged bun with pickled daikon, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, lemon aioli, and miso jam. The jalapeno’s heat is a pleasant surprise.

767 S Alameda St Suite 122
Los Angeles, CA 90021

12. BOLO at Smorgasburg

787 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
BOLO
BOLO
Jakob Layman

Consider this fried chicken sandwich a love letter to Hong Kong. First comes a Jidori chicken cutlet, then a chili-garlic aioli and a Cantonese slaw, finally the whole thing is sandwiched between a hot, butter-toasted pineapple bun (bolo). This sandwich is seriously savory, a touch spicy, and just sweet enough to keep things interesting.

787 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

13. Highly Likely Café

4310 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Settle into the Lil Chicky sandwich at this sunny West Adams spot. Hidden in between the milk bun and beneath the tempura-fried chicken breast is a minty slaw, pickled red onions, Kewpie mayonnaise, and a bit of labneh.

4310 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

14. Fuku

1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

With its plush potato roll and crunchy pickles, this Southern-style sandwich is the star at Fuku. It’s a reasonable buy at $8 and a solid deal with a drink and fries at $11. Order it as a “knockout” and the sandwich comes loaded with seasoned cabbage and a spicy mayo-like sauce. 

1315 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

15. Night + Market Sahm

2533 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Night + Market fried chicken
Night + Market fried chicken sandwich
Night + Market

With the opening of his Venice restaurant location, chef Kris Yenbamroong is officially in the Westside fried chicken sandwich business. His lunchtime favorite comes topped with papaya salad and ranch dressing, making it a big, spicy, delicious mess, filled with Thai flavors and served not far from the beach.

2533 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

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16. Great White

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Great White
Great White
Great White/Instagram

The fried chicken sandwich at Venice cafe Great White is so popular, Bon Appetit named it the best version they ate all year. And for good reason: The chicken is dredged in rice flour, served with a tangy sweet onion mayo with champagne dressing, and offered with bibb lettuce on a sesame brioche bun. Not bad for a fried chicken sandwich worthy of national attention.

1604 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

17. Painter's Tape

1725 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
Painter’s Tape
Painter’s Tape
Farley Elliott

This neighborhood restaurant has a much more creative touch than one might expect for Gardena. The fried chicken sandwich is especially good, with a hunk of pepper-fried chicken breast coated in a crispy coat. Finished with honey mustard and crunchy green lettuce, it's enclosed in a perfect white bun.

1725 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247

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