403 W. 12th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
ChocoChicken +

Photo: Anne Fishbein ChocoChicken sandwich


  • Mon-Wed, Sun 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Thur-Sat 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
The namesake item at ChocoChicken in downtown L.A. comes as drumettes or fried chicken pieces. You can order a breast or a thigh, alone or as a combo with sides. The crust is dark brown and crispy and tastes like chocolate, but not in an overbearing way. If anything, it has an odd, bitter finish. It's not terrible. In fact, on first and second bite, the oddity of eating chocolate-flavored chicken that doesn't suck is surprising enough that you're apt to miss its other flaws. And then there's the chocolate. It builds on itself, and not in a good way. The first three bites seem downright savory. But by the end of the meal, if you turn back to the chicken, the cloying sweetness reveals itself and you get the uneasy feeling of having consumed too many deep-fried chocolate bars at the state fair. The most promising item on the menu might be the chicken sandwich, served on a roll with slaw and spicy peppers. The spice and fresh crunch of the cabbage help cut the chocolate of the chicken in a way that's pretty tasty. —Besha Rodell

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