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10 Best Fried Chicken in Los Angeles

Jim Dandy's fried chicken
Jim Dandy's fried chicken
G. Snyder

Like egg rolls and gyoza, fried chicken is one of those dishes that your mother probably makes better than everyone else, because no one else's version is quite as crispy, or quite as juicy, or made with quite as much love. That said, when Mom isn't around and the craving strikes, there are quite a number of places, both down- and upscale, where you can find comfort in chicken that's almost as good as your mom's. Turn the page for our list of the ten best fried chicken in Los Angeles.

Donahoo's Golden Chicken
Donahoo's Golden Chicken
T. Nguyen

10. Donahoo's Golden Chicken:

Donahoo's Golden Chicken is in Pomona which, if you live in L.A. proper, can seem awfully far to go just for a drumstick. But, if you happen to be driving east on the 10 anyway -- because you're headed to the L.A. County Fair and need to supplement that deep-fried Kool-Aid, or, worse, because you're on your way to Ontario to take the California Bar Exam -- then you'd be remiss not to make a chicken stop. Once there, you'll see folks walking out the door with pale white boxes; had you not just parked under a giant chicken hoisted high in the air, you might have thought you accidentally stumbled upon yet another cupcake shop. But, thankfully, you haven't: What's in the box, rather, are fries, which you can skip, and chicken, which you absolutely cannot. These are indeed golden pieces of chicken, with a batter simply but perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper. 1074 N. Garey Ave., Pomona; (909) 622-3213.

Chicken and waffles at Pann's
Chicken and waffles at Pann's
N. Galuten

9. Pann's:

The debate over how to best get to and from LAX often sounds like something out of The Californians, but regardless of how you get there and why, your airport run likely will include a food-related detour. And if fried chicken is what you crave, head to Pann's, where the chicken wings are thinly battered, salty, crispy and flavorful; you can even get it with waffles to soak it all up if you want. It almost goes without saying that Pann's is worth a trip just to experience the classic Googie-style diner firsthand; that said, if you go and don't order at least a pair of wings? Well then, the joke's on you. 6710 La Tijera Blvd., L.A.; (310) 670-1441.

Mom's Bar-B-Q
Mom's Bar-B-Q
T. Nguyen

8. Mom's Bar-B-Q House:

In the corner of a Van Nuys strip mall is Mom's Bar-B-Q House, a small joint where "Mom" is from Louisiana and her menu focuses primarily on great B.B.Q. (beef and pork ribs, hot and mild links, etc.). But enough people in line will order the fried chicken to convince you that you should at least try a wing with that rib, and you'll be all the better for it: Mom's fried chicken is nicely fried to a golden crunch with nary a slick of excess oil anywhere. Add that to her uniquely sweet macaroni and cheese and the almost disconcertingly friendly service, and you have a perfect lunch in the Valley. 14062 Vanowen St., Van Nuys; (818) 786-1373.



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