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.
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.
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
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.