Tuesday, March 20, 2012

L.A. Chicken

After reading about L.A. Chicken on a couple other food blogs and seeing how well reviewed it was on Urban Spoon, we put it on our list of places to try and then promptly forgot about it.  Recently, after a trip to Ikea, hungry and in need of dinner, we remembered L.A. Chicken was close by so we finally got to check it out.  

When we got there, the place was far from appealing.  It was extremely dingy and dirty, both inside and out, a true hole-in-the-wall.  This did not deter us though!  The place was empty when we entered, so we put in our order with the friendly woman at the counter, and after a 15-20 minute wait, we had our food.  They fry their chicken to order, which means you wait longer, but I prefer that to getting chicken that's been sitting under a warmer.
We took our chicken to go, as we actually only live about 15 minutes away and didn't think the quality of the food would be compromised too much.

We ordered 10 pieces of chicken, half spicy and half regular, with large fries and a large coleslaw.  They put all of our chicken and fries into this big aluminum tray which was fine by us. We noticed that instead of 10 pieces, they ended up actually giving us 14 pieces!  Free chicken!

I loved the spicy chicken.  It was super juicy and flavourful with just the right amount of heat, not the blow the roof of your mouth off that Church's chicken uses.  The latter is simply hot without any real flavour, whereas the spicy chicken here was actually delicious.

Flowerbunny preferred the regular chicken.  This was also delicious, with tons of flavour, as well as being super crispy and moist.  I liked the spicy a little better, but the regular was also really good!  This is definitely one of, if not the best spot in the Lower Mainland to get fried chicken at.

The fries were ok, nothing special, so thankfully the gravy was off the charts good.  This almost tasted like a liquid version of the chicken, which probably doesn't bring a very appetizing image to mind, but trust me, it's delectable.  It was salty and spicy and flavourful, and was a perfect dip for your fries or your chicken meat.  I would probably drink this on its own if I didn't think it would give me a heart attack.
 Last but not least was the coleslaw.  I swear they get theirs from the same place as Church's chicken, as they taste exactly the same.  This works out well for me, as I love that coleslaw.  It's a mayo based one, but the mayo is not overbearing and the whole salad is actually kind of sweet which helps cut through the greasiness of the chicken and fries in the same way the acid in a vinegar-based coleslaw would.
 Overall Impressions:

  • Fried chicken was crispy and still juicy
  • Spicy chicken has lots of flavour, not just spicy
  • Fries aren't great
  • Gravy is delicious
  • Coleslaw is the same as Church's which I really like but some might not
  • We got extra chicken for free!

L.A. Chicken
160 - 11780 Thorpe Rd
Richmond, BC
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