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The Best Chicken Salads in Los Angeles, Mapped

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2008_10_hasmapschicken.jpgA couple of weeks ago, Eater asked readers to chime in on the best chicken salad in L.A. While Chinese chicken salad tends to dominate the landscape, there are a few other classic variants that got a mention and suggestion. While burgers, pizzas, and other comfort foods abound in this city, it's (sadly) the humble chicken salad that tends to feed the most mouths on the daily basis. Here now, a compilation of the Best Chicken Salads in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chinese Chicken Salad at Take A Bao

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11838 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 691-7223

Taking a page from the classic Chinese chicken salad invented here in L.A. many decades ago, Take a Bao's has just the right balance of grilled chicken breast with wonton strings and crispy rice noodles for extra crunch, all tossed with a sesame ginger dressing. Without a doubt the most suggested chicken salad for this Open Thread.

2. Chipotle Chicken Salad at Tender Greens

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9523 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 842-8300
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The chipotle barbecue chicken salad ($11) is loaded with avocado, queso fresco, and a cilantro lime dressing, as well as sweet-smokey shreds of chicken in a romaine lettuce base.

3. Chinese Chicken Salad at Joan's on Third

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8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285
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The Chinese Chicken Salad at this West Third marketplace and eatery is nothing revolutionary, just well executed with crispy wontons, rice sticks and almonds.

4. BBQ Chicken Salad at 26 Beach Cafe

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3100 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-7526
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Though this beachside eatery is primarily a burger joint, the blueberry chicken and barbecue chicken salads, priced at $15, are still pretty great. Expensive, yes, but more than enough for a meal. The BBQ chicken comes with romaine, corn, and tomatoes for a southern take on chicken salad.

5. Chicken Bean Salad at Rose Cafe & Market

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220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711
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Definitely the kind of place that Angelenos would fall in love with, this neighborhood spot has a three-salad combo, one of which can be any number of their chicken salads, including the chicken bean, chinese chicken, and chicken caesar salad.

6. Chinese Chicken at New Moon Restaurant

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102 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 624-0186
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The Chinese chicken salad was purportedly invented about 45 years ago, and the family recipe at this mini-chain of Americanized Chinese restaurants uses roasted chicken, crispy wontons, and nuts for a constant crunchy bite.

7. Asian Chicken Salad at Porta Via

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424 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-6534
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This place is like catnip for tourists and flashy 90210 types, but the Asian chicken salad is no slouch, especially for those that appreciate just a hint of dressing. Made with mixed greens, pesto chicken breast, and tossed with an orange ginger dressing, it's a departure from the classic Chinese chicken formula.

8. Cajun Chicken Caesar at Roll 'n Rye

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10990 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 390-3497
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This rather unassuming deli and cafe in the southern throes of Culver City makes a delicious Cajun Chicken Caesar salad that could almost (maybe) serve as an entire meal priced at $14.25.

9. Tossed Cobb at Auntie Em's Kitchen

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4616 Eagle Rock Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 255-0800
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This roadside cafe in a quiet part of Eagle Rock is a local's favorite, and the Tossed Cobb with applewood-smoked bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese, chicken, and apple-cider vinaigrette is one standout.

10. Cobb Salad at Nickel Diner

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524 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 623-8301
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This enduring diner in the heart of Downtown's Historic Core is known mostly for its breakfasty-type items, but the cobb salad is one chicken salad that might be worth ordering during a long lunch break. Loaded with chicken, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, and blue cheese, it's simplicity, defined.

11. Chinese Chicken Salad at The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
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The ingredients couldn't get more simple, but the perfect balance of crunchy cabbage, nuts, delicate shredded chicken, and a dusting of rice-like crisps make this Chinese chicken salad one of the most addictive in town.

12. Calfornia Chicken Salad at Milk

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7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-6455
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Though primarily known as a scoop and dessert shop, the Beverly location makes some pretty tasty food too, including a California Chicken Salad that incorporates marinaded chicken breast, garbanzo beans, zucchini and tomatoes in a lemon vinaigrette.

13. Chicken Salad at Feast From the East

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1949 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-0400
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One of the originators of the Chinese Chicken Salad in LA, the base of romaine lettuce keeps things crunchy while sliced almond, sesame seeds, shredded chicken breast, and scallions flavor everything, along with with a sesame ginger dressing.

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1. Chinese Chicken Salad at Take A Bao

11838 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Taking a page from the classic Chinese chicken salad invented here in L.A. many decades ago, Take a Bao's has just the right balance of grilled chicken breast with wonton strings and crispy rice noodles for extra crunch, all tossed with a sesame ginger dressing. Without a doubt the most suggested chicken salad for this Open Thread.

11838 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

2. Chipotle Chicken Salad at Tender Greens

9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

The chipotle barbecue chicken salad ($11) is loaded with avocado, queso fresco, and a cilantro lime dressing, as well as sweet-smokey shreds of chicken in a romaine lettuce base.

9523 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

3. Chinese Chicken Salad at Joan's on Third

8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Chinese Chicken Salad at this West Third marketplace and eatery is nothing revolutionary, just well executed with crispy wontons, rice sticks and almonds.

8350 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. BBQ Chicken Salad at 26 Beach Cafe

3100 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Though this beachside eatery is primarily a burger joint, the blueberry chicken and barbecue chicken salads, priced at $15, are still pretty great. Expensive, yes, but more than enough for a meal. The BBQ chicken comes with romaine, corn, and tomatoes for a southern take on chicken salad.

3100 Washington Blvd
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

5. Chicken Bean Salad at Rose Cafe & Market

220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Definitely the kind of place that Angelenos would fall in love with, this neighborhood spot has a three-salad combo, one of which can be any number of their chicken salads, including the chicken bean, chinese chicken, and chicken caesar salad.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

6. Chinese Chicken at New Moon Restaurant

102 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Chinese chicken salad was purportedly invented about 45 years ago, and the family recipe at this mini-chain of Americanized Chinese restaurants uses roasted chicken, crispy wontons, and nuts for a constant crunchy bite.

102 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7. Asian Chicken Salad at Porta Via

424 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This place is like catnip for tourists and flashy 90210 types, but the Asian chicken salad is no slouch, especially for those that appreciate just a hint of dressing. Made with mixed greens, pesto chicken breast, and tossed with an orange ginger dressing, it's a departure from the classic Chinese chicken formula.

424 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. Cajun Chicken Caesar at Roll 'n Rye

10990 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

This rather unassuming deli and cafe in the southern throes of Culver City makes a delicious Cajun Chicken Caesar salad that could almost (maybe) serve as an entire meal priced at $14.25.

10990 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230

9. Tossed Cobb at Auntie Em's Kitchen

4616 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

This roadside cafe in a quiet part of Eagle Rock is a local's favorite, and the Tossed Cobb with applewood-smoked bacon, Point Reyes blue cheese, chicken, and apple-cider vinaigrette is one standout.

4616 Eagle Rock Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

10. Cobb Salad at Nickel Diner

524 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This enduring diner in the heart of Downtown's Historic Core is known mostly for its breakfasty-type items, but the cobb salad is one chicken salad that might be worth ordering during a long lunch break. Loaded with chicken, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, and blue cheese, it's simplicity, defined.

524 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. Chinese Chicken Salad at The Sycamore Kitchen

143 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The ingredients couldn't get more simple, but the perfect balance of crunchy cabbage, nuts, delicate shredded chicken, and a dusting of rice-like crisps make this Chinese chicken salad one of the most addictive in town.

143 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. Calfornia Chicken Salad at Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Though primarily known as a scoop and dessert shop, the Beverly location makes some pretty tasty food too, including a California Chicken Salad that incorporates marinaded chicken breast, garbanzo beans, zucchini and tomatoes in a lemon vinaigrette.

7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Chicken Salad at Feast From the East

1949 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

One of the originators of the Chinese Chicken Salad in LA, the base of romaine lettuce keeps things crunchy while sliced almond, sesame seeds, shredded chicken breast, and scallions flavor everything, along with with a sesame ginger dressing.

1949 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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