During January’s DineLA Restaurant Week, I wanted to try Neal Frazier’s Fritzi in the Downtown LA’s Arts District, just east of Little Tokyo but wasn’t able to.  Soon thereafter, it was reported that Fritzi was renamed Fritzi’s Coop, which focuses on fried chicken (buttermilk battered or skinless).  One night, I realized that I was going to be passing by here and decided to grab dinner here.

There are options for a quarter chicken or a half chicken.  At only $4 more, I opted for the half buttermilk fried chicken.  This meal included a choice of starch, and a side dish.  I chose tater tots and cauliflower.  I added a side of gravy for $2.50 more.

Let me say, the chicken was huge, especially the breast piece.  There was more than enough to feed 2 people with this meal.  The chicken was nice and crunchy, moist, and seasoned well.  Smothering the breast filet with the gravy adds extra depth of flavor.  I’d love to go back and try the skinless fried chicken.

Also, since I’m discussing about fried chicken, I’m posting pics of places where my friends and I have sampled fried chicken.

Half Buttermilk Fried Chicken with a starch and a side, plus a side of gravy.
Chicken breast is huge and is boneless. Perfect for smothering it with that gravy.
Starch: Tater Tots, Side: Roasted Cauliflower (Cold)

Desserts look so tempting, especially the chocolate layer cake.

JANUARY’S FRIED CHICKEN CRAWL:

Craft Pizza n Chicken in the DTLA Fashion District.  Address:  735 East 12th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Family owned food stand at the food court located on the very top floor.

OG Fried Chicken

Adobo Fried Chicken Wings


SECOND LOCAT ION:  Birdie’s in South Park of DTLA.  Address:  314 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Unless you call to order in advanced, they may not have enough chicken brined, battered and ready to be cooked on the spot.  That was the situation we encountered duringour visit.  For a group of 8 of us, obviously we needed to order one piece per person.  Unfortunately, they only had 6 pieces of chicken ready for deep frying – 4 pieces of white and 2 pieces of dark.  In order to compensate for the shortage, we ordered some a chicken strips as well.

What was interesting was that we were not amazed by the regular fried chicken.  We actually, preferred the chicken tenders instead as the batter was more evenly distributed.  It was also nice and crunchy as well.  The regular fried chicken wasn’t as crispy as it can get, and some of the batter separated from the chicken during deep frying


And they also have house made decadent donuts!

THIRD STOP:  HoHo Chicken near MacArthur Park.  Address:  2625 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Located just east and outside of Koreatown is this KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) place that serves up solid fried chicken as well as offering a good variety of flavored/sauces wings.  With so many to choose from, and being partially full, we opted to get only the original fried chicken along with the Parmesan wings, sweet chili wings, and curry wings (a flavor I’ve encounter here only, thus far.

Parmesan Wings
OG Fried Chicken
Curry Wings
Sweet Chili Wings (partial order; they were finished up the rest but wanted us to be able to start eating since the rest of the order was ready)

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