It's hard not to love fried chicken. And, there are so many varieties of this American classic. Whether you prefer it coated in a sweet chili sauce, or paired with tabasco maple butter, there's really something for everyone's taste buds here in Los Angeles. Here's a rundown on the different types of fried chicken available around town.
Gluten-Free Chicken at Addiction Bistro
At first glance, Addiction Bistro looks and tastes like any other American diner. They have an extensive repertoire of pasta, burgers, and fried chicken. The cool part? Everything is available in gluten-free form. The chefs started doling out wheatless options once they realized they were sensitive to gluten. 408 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048.
Fancy Fried Chicken at Tart Restaurant
The fried chicken at Tart Restaurant is wonderful and ideal for brunch. It's a buttermilk marinated chicken, fried and then plopped on top of a waffle laced with tabasco-maple butter. The dish is sweet, spicy, crunchy, and spongy --- all at the same time. The restaurant describes itself as "where American Country meets a London Pub and has an affair in Paris." We're guessing that this is the tribute to the American Country. 115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Sichuan Chicken Cubes at Yun Chuan Garden
This chicken cube dish, which originates from Chonqing, China, is both intimidating and addicting. The chefs take chicken breast, cut them into cubes and stir-fry them with a heap of dried peppers, garlic, spices, and peppercorns. It's a common dish among Sichuan restaurants in Los Angeles, but Yun Chuan consistently remains the best place to get them. Don't eat the peppers. They're only there for flavor. Navigate around them and pick out the chicken. Beware, this dish is extremely spicy. 301 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754; (626) 571-8387.
The best classic fried poultry is at Jim Dandy and their version boasts a crust so crunchy you'll want to just keep eating it forever, calories be darned. It's lightly battered and mildly spiced. The establishment won't have you waiting long; don't be deterred by the bullet proof glass. Also try the fried corn fritters sprinkled with powdered sugar. They're a perfect side. 11328 S. Vermont Ave., L.A.; (323) 779-5567.
KyoChon is a South Korea-based chain. The main difference between the Korean and American version is that the former is fried twice. The poultry is crispy, but that crunch is attributed to the skin, not to excessive amounts of deep-fried flour. After being fried, wings are caramelized in a sweet, spicy glaze while still hot. 3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020.