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Three amazing places for quick chicken in LA

Sometimes your lunch time is limited, so order a fantastic chicken lunch in Los Angeles. Three of our favorite stops to eat in or dine out revolve around this domesticated fowl. A fried chicken sandwich with pickles or a whole rotisserie bird doused in flowers and rosemary with baby potatoes… One thing is certain, these 3 places are taking fast-casual to another level.

Here’s what you should be ordering:

COCO QUEEN

This French-style bistro in the heart of Boys Town in West Hollywood is dishing out juicy tender chicken done simply, in a variety of ways. The Coco Chanel exterior vibe with a bistro Francais interior is where Angelenos can find 1/2 a rotisserie chicken + side for $15.

Try a salad with chicken breast on the top, a roast chicken breast sandwich on a French baguette with garlic aioli, or 6 chicken meatballs prepared Akra style with cilantro and ginger and dipping sauce. Chicken nuggets abound while beer, wine, or CBD Vybes can be ordered with your cafe street meal. Chicken and waffles can’t be beat for brunch.

Sides include green salads, sweet potato or traditional fries with olive oil and pink salt, and small roast dripping potatoes with red pepper, mushroom, olive oil, and salt.

A gift shop in the cafe curates exquisite products like salt from Ibiza, lavender honey, chocolate and hazelnut spread, BBQ sauces, and more.  

STRFSH

Known for its build-your-own style fish sandwiches, the Voltaggio brothers also create one of the best huge crispy chicken sandwiches we have ever tried in Los Angeles. Sitting inside a soft potato roll, The Flying Fish with fried chicken, pickles, lettuce, and mayo is downright juicy perfection for $8. The Hot Chicken is not just another crispy fried chicken sandwich, but one rubbed in Nashville hot spice with cabbage slaw, pickles, and mayo. Add a smoked trout dip side and a local beer or sparkling wine and your day is made sitting outside on their sunny deck atop Third Street Promenade.

FUKU

You know David Chang’s Momofuku, but do you know his new fast-casual fried chicken spot with a bit of Asian influence and a tad of health? By now, the lines have hopefully died down. It’s time to step right up and find a counter seat at the new FUKU in SOCIALEATS, the back of Gallery Food Hall in Santa Monica. At an affordable $11, a Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich Meal (with a choice of white or dark meat) comes with a generous side of pickles, 3 different kinds of sauces, a 16 oz drink from the Coke Zero machine or choice of Sweet Peach Tea or Yuzu-8, and Waffle Fries dusted in sweet jalapeno seasoning – similar to a sour cream and onion potato chip flavor.

Chicken sandwiches here are really filet of whole chicken thigh – meaning they taste like chicken and not some weird breaded patty mashup. Consider ordering a strawberry lemonade slushy (yum!) and ask for off-menu items like the super spicy chicken sandwich.

Kids will like the Fingers Meal and parents will appreciate the healthier side options like Snow Peas and Green Beans with chili, garlic, and scallion. Save room for the $4 cheesecake topped with blueberries (or seasonal fruit) and graham cracker crust – reminiscent of the Jell-O No-Bake kind you may have made from a box.

After FUKU, you will never return to some drive-in fast-food chain. This place is worth the few extra bucks.

 

 

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