It would impossible to know for sure where to find the best fried chicken. I hit up as many fried chicken spots as I can in Greater Los Angeles. I'm more attracted to less crowded places and hidden gems in Los Angeles where the focus is on the food rather than what you are wearing. When you desire something better than Popeye's, try the fried chicken at one of these places.
Here are my favorite places to eat fried chicken in Los Angeles:
Wendill's Chicken House (since 1929)
Always empty and located on a quiet stretch deep in the Valley, this is my favorite fried chicken in Los Angeles. It's now a Thai restaurant, but the building is still there and they've kept the same fried chicken from 1929. Try it with the Thai honey sauce. Tip: Order ahead over the phone. It takes 20 minutes to prepare.
The Hungry Fox - Best chicken and waffles in LA
Thai-owned diner so you'll probably want to eventually try their sai ua (spicy Thai sour sausage). The star of the show is their fried chicken and waffles. The fried chicken is some of the best in LA and with the waffle combo, it is my absolute favorite in Los Angeles.
CW & Chris - Chicken breast perfection
Probably the best fried chicken breast in Los Angeles. Deeply flavorful and juicy chicken breast. Unreal. So delicious. Tip: Order takeout over the phone as it takes 20 minutes or longer to prepare. I saw many people pickup their order and leave. Many people order trays of fried chicken. You probably don't want to be sitting around in this part of town. There's a bulletproof barrier between you and the cashier. Nipsey Hustle was gunned down not far from the restaurant.
Max's Fried Chicken of Manila - Filipino classic and institution in Manila.
Newly renovated in Glendale, Max's is an institution in Manila. I grew up eating Max's in the Philippines and often celebrate events at their Glendale location here in Los Angeles. The fried chicken is juicy and the skin is light and crisp. Don't stop there. Order a spread of Filipino dishes to share with your friends and family. We always get the sinigang, kare-kare, lumpia, and beefstek. The best part is celebrating birthdays. They sing to you and bring a frame around the celebrant for social media.
Chef Kang Food Rehab
Go for Korean fried chicken souped up with different sauce options. If you're indecisive like me, ask for recommendations.
Better than Popeye's which makes this the best fast food fried chicken ever. Get the rice and gravy with it. Thank me later.
During my first and only visit to this Thai restaurant with a weird name, the chef's highly recommended dish was their hat yai fried chicken. I normally don't eat at places with "what were they thinking?!" strange restaurant names, but it's Thai food. I love Thai food.
Secret fried chicken where chefs eat. I discovered this fried chicken while Insta-stalking a chef. He said that's the best hot chicken in Los Angeles. I loved this fried chicken and bar pie. I love pie. Go for fried chicken and pie... oh yeah, there's beer too. Burp.
I was really there to check out the interiors with a side of Korean fried chicken. While I was there, I discovered a better than average bar program so you'll you want to get a cocktail too maybe. They recommended the traditional Korean fried chicken. Probably the best Korean fried chicken in Los Angeles.
Hotville Chicken - The original fried chicken from Nashville
Kim Prince brings her family's Nashville hot chicken to Los Angeles. It is said that her family invented Nashville Hot Chicken in the 1930s. We're very lucky to have her in Los Angeles doing pop-ups. Follow her on Instagram and get yourself some authentic Nashville Hot Chicken. I scratch my head whenever I see that line in Chinatown at Howlin' Rays. Why people? Hotville Chicken is where it's at!
If you're a fan of architecture, you'll want to visit Pann's for its Googie-style architecture. You'll also want to get their fried chicken and waffles. Evan Kleiman says that it's her favorite fried chicken in Los Angeles. When you're near LAX, this is where you'll want to eat. It's also famous for being a film location in Los Angeles.
More well known for their artisan soba selection, I recently visited for soba and asked our server what her favorite item is on the menu and she said "karaage" (Japanese fried chicken) with a smile on her face. I was quite pleased with it and want to hit up every karaage place in Los Angeles and the South Bay now. I've had unremarkable karaage before and not as impressive as Otafuku's version.
I love exploring Los Angeles like a tourist. I have as much fun in my hometown as I do traveling to another country. I hope my adventures inspire you to eat well and travel often.
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