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17 Terrific Los Angeles Fried Chicken Spots

From classic Southern to Korean twice-fried, or Cambodian, you’ve got this

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There’s no shortage of excellent fried chicken to be found throughout the Southland and now’s the perfect time to pick up a bucket and head outdoors for a late summer picnic. From classic Southern to Korean twice-fried and the crispy Cambodian variety, here now are 17 terrific fried chicken spots throughout Southern California from north to south.

Added: Anajak Thai Cuisine, Daybird, Hak Heang Restaurant, Hoho Chicken, Ma N’ Pa Grocery, Mom’s Touch, Qchon Chicken

Removed: Chef Marilyn’s, Queen of Down Home Southern Goodies, Dinah’s, Dulan’s on Crenshaw, Honeybird, OB Bear, Found Oyster

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1. Anajak Thai Cuisine

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14704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 501-4201
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It shouldn’t come to a surprise that the Valley’s beloved Thai spot has some of the best fried chicken. Anajak’s Southern Thai fried chicken is succulent, crispy, and comes with a side order of sticky rice and spicy nam jim sauce.

2. Daybird

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240 N Virgil Ave Suite 5
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Chef Mei Lin’s fried chicken sandwich is the centerpiece at Daybird, but the chicken tenders are not to be missed. She uses thigh meat for the sandwiches and juicy white meat for the tenders. The fries are the ideal crisp golden brown.

Daybird’s fried chicken sandwich in Los Angeles
Daybird
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3. Crawfords

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2616 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 568-3133
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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.

4. Hoho Chicken

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2625 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 384-9595

Whether bone-in or boneless chicken, Hoho Chicken is best consumed with a group. A bag full of fried chicken or a rice bowl can be taken up a notch flavorwise with sweet chili, garlic, coconut, lemon pepper, or hot fire options.

5. Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.

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122 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9829
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Tokyo Fried Chicken Co. is offering its karaage-inspired bird for takeout Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 4 p.m. Orders can be placed in advance online for pickup only.

6. Howlin' Ray's

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727 N Broadway #128
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8399
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Possibly one of the hottest restaurants — in more than one way — in all of Los Angeles, Howlin’ Rays is open for dine-in after a year of delivery-only. For the fearless, go get that Howlin’ level of spicy.

A tray of hot chicken shown from above with checkered paper beneath.
Howlin’ Ray’s
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7. Poppy + Rose

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765 Wall St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 995-7799
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Made with free-range Mary’s chicken and served with a Belgian-style waffle, the classic combination of fried chicken and waffles gets turned up to an 11 under the care of chef Michael Reed at Poppy + Rose. Get there early, this is a popular DTLA spot right across the street from the Los Angeles Flower Market.

Fried chicken and waffles at Poppy + Rose.
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8. Bomb Chicken

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2300 S Garfield Ave ste a
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 530-0355

Korean fried chicken shack Bomb Chicken is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery through GrubHub. Feed a crowd with a crispy whole chicken along with choice of rice or cabbage salad. Closed on Tuesdays.

9. Merry's House of Chicken

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2550 Amar Rd # A5
West Covina, CA 91792
(626) 965-0123
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Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Merry’s House of Chicken is the best of Merry Istiowati-Tio Indonesian fried chicken. The aayam goreng kremesan is seasoned with garlic, turmeric, coriander, and salt, and deep-fried until crisp and golden.

10. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

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9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-5453
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At Culver City’s Honey’s Kettle, chicken is fried in enormous kettle drums until a thick, crispy coating is formed. It’s served with packets of honey meant to be slathered all over the chicken and biscuits.

11. Hotville Chicken

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4070 Marlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 792-4835
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Located inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Kim Prince’s Hotville Chicken serves up its signature wares by the piece and in sandwich form. This is the OG hot chicken, straight from the grand-grand niece of the Prince family. Closed on Mondays.

Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.
Hotille Chicken
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12. Jim Dandy Fried Chicken

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11328 Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 779-5567
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This South LA institution is open daily for takeout and delivery through Postmates. Jim Dandy’s serves a juicy bird with a classic crunchy batter. It’s the golden-fried standard for fried chicken in the city. Be prepared to wait, there is almost always a line.

Jim Dandy Fried Chicken in South Los Angeles
Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
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13. Mom’s Touch

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1400 W Redondo Beach Blvd Unit 120
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 400-7305
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Successful South Korean fried chicken chain Mom’s Touch has landed in the U.S., with a first location in Gardena and plans to debut outlets in Long Beach and City of Industry. The menu is fairly simple, with tenders, wings, and sandwiches as the main chicken options, each featuring ultra-crisp Korean-style batters and a slew of some creative flavorings, like a sweet-spicy glaze and even green onion and cheese dust.

14. Qchon Chicken

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2515 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 320-5935

Wait until the car doors are closed and take in the aroma that is Qchon Chicken. They’ll ask for your preferred spice level before preparing beautifully seasoned, exceptionally crispy Korean-style fried drumsticks.

Qchon Chicken storefront in S-Mart in Torrance, California.
Qchon Chicken
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15. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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2580 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90806
(562) 276-1819
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Memphis-area import Gus’s makes some of Southern California’s juiciest fried chicken. With locations from Crenshaw and Pico to Riverside, the restaurant is also serving the greater community by providing meals to children and families in need.

16. Monorom Cambodian Restaurant

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2150 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 434-1919
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Finding Khmer food in Long Beach is an easy task. Cambodia Town’s restaurants are plentiful with colorful interiors, with options that never feel redundant. Get Monorom’s always flavorful and crispy fried chicken. Order enough to share or take home, since fried chicken always tastes better the day after.

17. Ma N’ Pa Grocery

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346 Roycroft Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814

Ma ‘n’ Pa Grocery owners Zac and Renee Henderson took over this Belmont Heights market 17 years ago, though the actual store is 100-years-old. The charming neighborhood institution offers fried chicken on Wednesdays.

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1. Anajak Thai Cuisine

14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

It shouldn’t come to a surprise that the Valley’s beloved Thai spot has some of the best fried chicken. Anajak’s Southern Thai fried chicken is succulent, crispy, and comes with a side order of sticky rice and spicy nam jim sauce.

14704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

2. Daybird

240 N Virgil Ave Suite 5, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Daybird’s fried chicken sandwich in Los Angeles
Daybird
Matthew Kang

Chef Mei Lin’s fried chicken sandwich is the centerpiece at Daybird, but the chicken tenders are not to be missed. She uses thigh meat for the sandwiches and juicy white meat for the tenders. The fries are the ideal crisp golden brown.

240 N Virgil Ave Suite 5
Los Angeles, CA 90004

3. Crawfords

2616 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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.

2616 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

4. Hoho Chicken

2625 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Whether bone-in or boneless chicken, Hoho Chicken is best consumed with a group. A bag full of fried chicken or a rice bowl can be taken up a notch flavorwise with sweet chili, garlic, coconut, lemon pepper, or hot fire options.

2625 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

5. Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.

122 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Tokyo Fried Chicken Co. is offering its karaage-inspired bird for takeout Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 4 p.m. Orders can be placed in advance online for pickup only.

122 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

6. Howlin' Ray's

727 N Broadway #128, Los Angeles, CA 90012
A tray of hot chicken shown from above with checkered paper beneath.
Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman

Possibly one of the hottest restaurants — in more than one way — in all of Los Angeles, Howlin’ Rays is open for dine-in after a year of delivery-only. For the fearless, go get that Howlin’ level of spicy.

727 N Broadway #128
Los Angeles, CA 90012

7. Poppy + Rose

765 Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Fried chicken and waffles at Poppy + Rose.
Poppy + Rose
[Official Photo]

Made with free-range Mary’s chicken and served with a Belgian-style waffle, the classic combination of fried chicken and waffles gets turned up to an 11 under the care of chef Michael Reed at Poppy + Rose. Get there early, this is a popular DTLA spot right across the street from the Los Angeles Flower Market.

765 Wall St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

8. Bomb Chicken

2300 S Garfield Ave ste a, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Korean fried chicken shack Bomb Chicken is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery through GrubHub. Feed a crowd with a crispy whole chicken along with choice of rice or cabbage salad. Closed on Tuesdays.

2300 S Garfield Ave ste a
Monterey Park, CA 91754

9. Merry's House of Chicken

2550 Amar Rd # A5, West Covina, CA 91792

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Merry’s House of Chicken is the best of Merry Istiowati-Tio Indonesian fried chicken. The aayam goreng kremesan is seasoned with garlic, turmeric, coriander, and salt, and deep-fried until crisp and golden.

2550 Amar Rd # A5
West Covina, CA 91792

10. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

At Culver City’s Honey’s Kettle, chicken is fried in enormous kettle drums until a thick, crispy coating is formed. It’s served with packets of honey meant to be slathered all over the chicken and biscuits.

9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

11. Hotville Chicken

4070 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Hotville chicken on a tray with checkered paper and pickles.
Hotille Chicken
Matthew Kang

Located inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Kim Prince’s Hotville Chicken serves up its signature wares by the piece and in sandwich form. This is the OG hot chicken, straight from the grand-grand niece of the Prince family. Closed on Mondays.

4070 Marlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008

12. Jim Dandy Fried Chicken

11328 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
Jim Dandy Fried Chicken in South Los Angeles
Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
Mona Holmes

This South LA institution is open daily for takeout and delivery through Postmates. Jim Dandy’s serves a juicy bird with a classic crunchy batter. It’s the golden-fried standard for fried chicken in the city. Be prepared to wait, there is almost always a line.

11328 Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90044

13. Mom’s Touch

1400 W Redondo Beach Blvd Unit 120, Gardena, CA 90247

Successful South Korean fried chicken chain Mom’s Touch has landed in the U.S., with a first location in Gardena and plans to debut outlets in Long Beach and City of Industry. The menu is fairly simple, with tenders, wings, and sandwiches as the main chicken options, each featuring ultra-crisp Korean-style batters and a slew of some creative flavorings, like a sweet-spicy glaze and even green onion and cheese dust.

1400 W Redondo Beach Blvd Unit 120
Gardena, CA 90247

14. Qchon Chicken

2515 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Qchon Chicken storefront in S-Mart in Torrance, California.
Qchon Chicken
Mona Holmes

Wait until the car doors are closed and take in the aroma that is Qchon Chicken. They’ll ask for your preferred spice level before preparing beautifully seasoned, exceptionally crispy Korean-style fried drumsticks.

2515 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

15. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

2580 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90806

Memphis-area import Gus’s makes some of Southern California’s juiciest fried chicken. With locations from Crenshaw and Pico to Riverside, the restaurant is also serving the greater community by providing meals to children and families in need.

2580 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90806

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16. Monorom Cambodian Restaurant

2150 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90804

Finding Khmer food in Long Beach is an easy task. Cambodia Town’s restaurants are plentiful with colorful interiors, with options that never feel redundant. Get Monorom’s always flavorful and crispy fried chicken. Order enough to share or take home, since fried chicken always tastes better the day after.

2150 E Anaheim St
Long Beach, CA 90804

17. Ma N’ Pa Grocery

346 Roycroft Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

Ma ‘n’ Pa Grocery owners Zac and Renee Henderson took over this Belmont Heights market 17 years ago, though the actual store is 100-years-old. The charming neighborhood institution offers fried chicken on Wednesdays.

346 Roycroft Ave
Long Beach, CA 90814

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