One could pass by this nondescript "dive bar" in the Westlake area every day and not even look twice. All you'll see outside painted on the building, all you see is "ice cold beer" and "fried chicken" painted on the outside the building.
After spending the afternoon, re-checking out the California Science Center to finally see Endeavor and catching "A Beautiful Planet" on IMAX 3D, I decided to stop by Crawford's on my way back home. I walked in and had one thing on mind. Hot chicken.
It was early so I easily claimed my seat at the bar and promptly greeted by co-owner Dave. I ordered the fried chicken and was given two choices, hot or regular fried chicken. I went with hot fried chicken having tried Howlin' Rays version, and wanted to try their take on it. Their chef, Brian Garrigues (previously of now defunct Short Order), is a native of Mississippi and is cooking some of the most delicious fried chicken in the city. Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. There are bottled hot sauces at the counter should you wish to add more heat. The chicken is served with a pickle and topped on a slice of white bread which by the end of your meal is soaked in oil and juices. You can choose either beans or cole slaw.
The bar has a selection of beer in bottles and on draft from your mass produced beers to craft beer. There's also a small wine selection available. Not quite as interesting as the craft beer selection at Southland Beer, but I was still pleased with the selection they had available.
Already a fan of Dustin Lancaster establishments (Bar Covell, Augustine Wine Bar and L&E Oyster) around the city, I was really looking forward to this visit and seeing his bar concept inspired by dive bars.
The staff at the bar were all very attentive and friendly. If I lived in the neighborhood, I can imagine myself stopping by whenever in the mood for fried chicken and an ice cold beer. And if you want dessert, there's homemade pie made by co-owner Dave's wife, Jennie Garth.
Highly recommended! Get your hot chicken fix without the long wait!
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.