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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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Dave’s Hot Chicken

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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

Lettuce Feast

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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.

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.

Friends & Family

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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.

Electric Owl

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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

Banh Oui Melrose

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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
Banh Oui [official]

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.

Son of a Gun

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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.

Howlin' Ray's

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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

Preux & Proper

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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.  

Pikunico

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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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BOLO at Smorgasburg

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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

Highly Likely Café

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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.

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. 

Night + Market Sahm

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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

Great White

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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.

Great White
Great White
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Painter's Tape

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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
Farley Elliott

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Dave’s Hot Chicken

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.

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

Lettuce Feast

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.

Dune

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.

Friends & Family

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.

Electric Owl

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.

Electric Owl
Electric Owl
Farley Elliott

Banh Oui Melrose

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.

A big fried chicken sandwich with lots of greens from Banh Oui Melrose.
Banh Oui Melrose
Banh Oui [official]

Kali

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.

Son of a Gun

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.

Howlin' Ray's

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.

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

Preux & Proper

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.  

Pikunico

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.

Pikunico
Pikunico
@GastronomyBlog

BOLO at Smorgasburg

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.

BOLO
BOLO
Jakob Layman

Highly Likely Café

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.

Fuku

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. 

Night + Market Sahm

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.

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

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Great White

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.

Great White
Great White
Great White/Instagram

Painter's Tape