Jonathan Gold gives us the scoop on where to find the best Asian fried chicken in Los Angeles. KCRW’s Abbie Fentress Swanson and Camellia Tse made the rounds, drumstick by drumstick and wing by wing, and mapped Jonathan Gold’s world of Asian fried chicken in LA.
A growing group of second generation Filipino-Americans are reintroducing Los Angeles to the flavors of their culture and cuisine, including Chad and Chase Valencia. Their weekly pop-up at Alvin Cailan’s culinary incubator space Unit 120 in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is called LASA. The restaurant features a “Pinoy-California” menu that Jonathan Gold says is all its own.
Once southern food was hard to find north of the Mason-Dixon line. Now restaurants all over the country are serving grits, collard greens and waffles piled high with fried chicken. A strip mall in LA’s Chinatown is drawing crowds with boxes of bright paprika-colored, mouth-numbingly hot Nashville-style chicken.
Children of the ’70s and ’80s, unite! Now that you’re old enough to drink beer, you can sip on a pint while chasing ice cream with Charley Chuck at this old-school video arcade in Echo Park. Plus, spicy wings, vegan tofu balls and popiah to boot. Get your tokens ready.