Because you've totally woken up in the morning and thought, "I could go for some fried chicken right now", and also stumbled out of a party at 1am and thought, "I could go for some fried chicken right now" (and lunch/dinner fried chicken is kind of a given), here's a breakdown of LA's best battered-bird options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night.
Bru’s Wiffle Santa Monica
Sure, Roscoe's does chicken and waffles, but you can't get them smothered in grilled jalapeños/Oaxaca cheese, or goat cheese/honey. At Bru's Wiffle, though, you can. They open at 8am -- three hours earlier than their sister restaurant, Bru's Counter, which's where this chicken and waffle sandwich (!) is from. But you're enterprising. You can fold your own waffle, right?
Roy Choi's American diner opens at 10am on weekends, which means your Saturday all-you-can-eat-pancake experience can also become your Saturday all-you-can-eat-pancakes-and-let's-add-some-fried-chicken-and-micheladas experience, real quickly.
This burger-rrific farmer's market favorite has often got this nuts-good brunch on special (so call ahead, yo!). It's malted cinnamon waffles topped with Dante's fried chicken thighs and fruit syrup.
The salty, crispy, thinly battered fried chicken at Pann’s near LAX (available when they open at 7am and all day) is a pretty good reason to agree to pick your friend up from the airport.
Let's call this one lunch-ish, since the free-range Mary’s chicken is stupid-good whether you order it with a waffle and chili/maple syrup, or mac & cheese and wood-oven Brussels sprouts.
The winner of our massive fried chicken-off, the Kettle uses gigantic kettle drums to make perfect, thickly battered, incredibly tender chicken. Also essential: smothering that chicken, a side of biscuits, and hell -- your own hand, in the honey that comes with every order.
Buttermilk-fried chicken, garlic aioli, cheddar cheese, and creamy coleslaw on a French roll > Anything, maybe ever.
Another one of the vote-winners from our survey is served with corn fritters covered in powdered sugar. You can get both for less than $10, as long as you don’t mind ordering through bulletproof windows and eating in your car. Which you don’t.
Because the only thing better than fried chicken is fried chicken surrounded by collard greens, candied yams, “corn okra tomatoes”, and Mississippi hot tamales, get here now.
Plan Check serves its crazy-good fried bird legs with smoked-milk gravy, yam preserves, and spicy, pickled okra, or with duck breast ham, pickles, and spicy green pimento cheese. Decision, decisions, deci -- just get both.
One of LA’s oldest soul food eateries is still one of the best. Peppery and crunchy chicken is served with hearty sides like corn bread, rice, gravy, and mac & cheese. So... you probably want to cancel whatever your after-dinner plans were.
The ginger- and garlic-brined chicken here is flash-fried and served with dashi-braised collard greens and curry creamed corn, family-style. Or just you-style, depending.
This clubstaurant pulled their fried chicken entree off the menu, but you can still get that signature flavor in the form of fried wings with honey/ginger gastrique. Plus, now you get to round out your meal with a pulled pork quesadilla and hand-cut fries.
Is this heaven? From 11pm-3am, you can get buttermilk-brined fried chicken between two mini-waffles, with a spice-laced maple aioli and mustard greens. AMEN.
No good decisions are made after 2am. Unless you decide to get three orders of fried chicken, grits, and a GIANT slab of corn bread at 3:30am in the morning. In which case... you've made a GREAT decision.
This beloved Ktown wingsery is open 'til 2am on weekends, making it perfect post-bar and pre-attempting-to-keep-your-eyes-open-at-the-after-party grub.
Chicken and waffles on a pizza. ON A PIZZA. Available 'til 2am, Thursday through Saturday.
At this tucked-away CC bar, Roy Choi serves his fried wings with Korean chili sauce and house-made ranch until 2am.
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1. A-Frame12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles
2. Glazed Donut Bistro8807 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
3. Willie Jane1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City
5. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
6. Son Of A Gun8730 3rd St, Los Angeles
7. Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.122 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park
8. Lexington Social House1718 Vine St, Hollywood
9. Fred 621850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
10. Kyochon Chicken3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles
11. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles
12. Bru's Wiffle - A Waffle Joint2408 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
13. Short Order6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
14. Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop6710 LA Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles
15. The Sandwich Smith362 E 1st St, Los Angeles
16. Jim Dandy Fried Chicken11328 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
17. Flossie's Southern Cuisine3566 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance
18. Bertha’s Soul Food Café1714 Century, Los Angeles
19. The Serving Spoon1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood
20. Dough Pizzeria & Bar8947 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
21. Alibi Room12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles
This Hawaiian Culver City eatery from the Roy Choi is an Asian-fusion collaboration in a totally refurbished IHOP, hopped up with a picnic-type patio and light wood-clad walls. Food's meant to be utensil-optional, with inventive dishes like green curry and a poké sampler including choices like tuna with gochujang sauce, sesame leaves & oil, cabbage, seaweed, and nori, as well as tuna with kukui nut chili pesto and Parmesan.
This donutery is serving up seriously eclectic fried dough holes. Ranging in a variety of crazy flavors, you'll really never be disappointed.
Willie Jane is a Venice staple for Southern-style brunch and supper. The menu features quintessential comfort foods like warm biscuits with bacon jam and pimento cheese, fried chicken atop crispy waffles, and smoked baby back ribs with watermelon salad. The Abbot Kinney spot gets packed for weekend brunch, and for good reason: house-made beignets, French toast sticks, and again, those damn biscuits, are exactly what you need on Sunday mornings.
Honey's Kettle cooks up delicious golden-brown farm fresh fried chicken with the perfect crunch and juiciness. Choose a number of sides to complement your heavily battered fried chicken, such as buttermilk biscuits and honey from a spout. It's no surprise that Honey's Kettle was named Best Fried Chicken in LA by Los Angeles Magazine.
This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.
The menu at this nautical Melrose spot from chef superstars Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal and Jon & Vinny's) is seafood heaven with a fried chicken sandwich thrown in to remind you just how great turf can be, too. It's a hulking masterpiece with a spicy bread & butter pickle slaw and Sriracha aioli. If you're in the mood for surf, go for the trout or the octopus salad.
Located in a strip mall, this Monterey Park Asian eatery keeps it crispy with perfectly fried chicken, but the real killer here is the sauce selection, which includes homemade spicy ponzu and soy. Thankfully, it's also got a great craft-heavy Asian beer list to wash it all down with.
Finally soft-open to the public now after months and months of private events, LSH's a Victorian-interior'd farm-to-table eatery (featuring monster suede chairs and a patio outfitted with a fireplace), all from a former real-estate guy and his sis who's a
Fred 62 is a great late night diner doling out delicious, juicy burgers that're perfect after a long night out.
This Korean mini chain specializes in fried chicken like you've never tasted before. The simple numbered menu features a fried whole chicken, rice bowls, and salad (both topped with chicken, of course), but you're really there for the mind-blowing wings, all of which are double-fried in canola oil. You should definitely get an order of the feverishly hot, signature soy garlic wings, but you'll also want an order of the extra-brittle sweet honey ones for full wing exposure. The basic strip mall outpost on W 6th Street is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
There's one place, and one place only, to get chicken and waffles in southern California: Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. Founded by a Harlem native on a mission to bring straight and simple soul food to LA, Roscoe's serves up miraculous plates of golden-hued fried chicken and crispy waffles. The menu is, of course, full of comfort combos like gravy-smothered chicken with biscuits and eggs-any-way breakfasts. The chain has multiple locations across the greater LA area, but the Hollywood one is in the center of it all.
If you're looking for chicken and waffles smothered in grilled jalapeños/Oaxaca cheese, then Bru's is for you. They open at 8am -- three hours earlier than their sister restaurant, Bru's Counter.
This indoor/outdoor burger slinger serves up gourmet patties, man-meal salads, and an array of sides you'll have a tough time choosing from. Definitely top your meal off with a shake -- boozy or straight -- and prepare to loosen that belt. The seasonal menu is crafted by emphasizing locally raised, organic, artisanal and handmade products.
This is a 50s-style diner that's on the way to LAX is famous for its fried chicken. Expect it to be classic (and served with waffles in the AM).
Directly across the street from Ramen Row in Little Tokyo, The Sandwich Smith's a lunch-only, dark-wood-outfitted, er, sandwich smithery, with a choose-your-own-lunch-style menu process that'll create divine sandwiches right before your eyes.
This spicy soul food shack's fried chicken is worth the trip. It's got crispy and crunch down just right and is slightly sweey corn fritters are also a must-try menu item.
The name nearly says it all, except that the BEST Southern cuisine you should order at this Torrance spot is the fried chicken with collard greens, candied yams, "corn okra tomatoes", and Mississippi hot tamales.
This South LA spot is one of LA’s oldest soul food eateries and one of the best. Their Peppery and crunchy chicken is served with hearty sides like corn bread, rice, gravy, and mac & cheese.
This Inglewood Southern resto is a solid choice for some late-night face-stuffing, especially if you're stuffing it with their fried chicken, grits, and a GIANT slab of corn bread.
This Italian trattoria, inspired by places around the world, offers up creative pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads with top quality ingredients.