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L.A. Chicken

11780 Thorpe Road, 160
Richmond, BC V6X1J6
Tel: (604) 278-4737
  • Cuisine: Chicken, Fast food
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Small "hole in the wall" fried chicken joint tucked away one block in from Cambie Plaza on the corner of No. 5 Road and Cambie in Richmond. Look for the big white sign with plain red letters.

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LA Chicken
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 11:51pm [Take-out]

LA Chicken is a local’s favourite, tucked away in the Cambie area of North Richmond. It’s easy to miss this quaint restaurant as it doesn’t really stand out at all, with its old decor and falling-apart ambiance. When you enter the fast food joint, you’ll immediately notice that everything is a bit worn down but somehow, there would usually be a line of people waiting for their fried bird! There’s nothing special at first other than the newspaper articles of them accentuated on the walls proudly. The restaurant is owned by a friendly Asian couple who cooks all of their food fresh. It’s quite expensive, but worth every bite!

Two-pieces of chicken - $6.35 (6.5/7)
This is the best fried chicken that you can get in Greater Vancouver. The skin is perfectly crisp and delicious, with the perfect crunchy and the perfect thickness. The chicken is nice and juicy even though the skin is so crispy! We usually end up getting a free piece of chicken which make’s it worth it.

Anyway, stop by LA Chicken for some serious eats! It’s a lot better than KFC, and perhaps a level above Church’s.

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Gotta hand it to them
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

5 big big stars for the food! The service is also good, the lady behind the counter, probably the owner's wife is very friendly. I love their spicy crispy fried chicken, I love fried chicken and for lower mainland, nothing comes close, not KFC not Church's. The chicken here is made to order so be prepared to wait a few minutes before you order is ready. That already says a lot as the other fast food joints premade your chicken hours before and just let it sit under this heat lamp so how can one not love freshly made fried chicken. Oh yah, go for the crispy chicken, the original is good but the crispy one is uber flavourful. The fries are mediocre, not that good really. You can also get rice with your chicken if you choose. All order comes with gravy and its yummy home made gravy. I've been here twice, each time I am floored by how good this place is. I'm glad I don't live in Richmond cuz I would be morbidly obese if I did cuz I will eat here often.

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Best fried chicken available at the moment
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 1:31am [Dine in]

Ever since I lost my chance to have another try at Popeye's I've been looking for another fried chicken place around town and this place seems to fill the void nicely.

Tired looking the only thing being updated here are the free newspapers scattered on the bench tables. There are only a handful of stools to sit down on and a couple of small tables as this place is mostly for takeout orders only. Customers seem to come in few and far between and is everything but bare when I've gone.

Aside from that, the fried chicken has been the best I've had since Popeye's and maybe even a little better than that. Each time I've ordered the 3pcs meal (a touch over $10) which comes with fries, gravy and another side of your choice. During my last visit I ended up ordering another side but received no drink. I'm curious if the sides and drink are interchangeable. The chicken is always made to order during my visits there and you can choose between original and spicy. I didn't ask but you might want to specify dark or white meat since I tend to get 1 piece of white meat each time. Expect to wait a good 10 minutes. I find it amusing that the counterperson uses the mic and intercom to call up your order.

I always opt for the spicy version and it packs a punch. Pieces are large and the batter is extra crispy and thick yet not particularly greasy either. It has much better flavour compared to KFC or Churchs and is more reminenscent of Popeye's if for comparison's sake. The fries are of heat lamp variety and the sides are similar to Churchs as is the gravy. Stick with the chicken!

I haven't been here in a while so I hope this review isn't a false hope for the like-minded who enjoy this guilty pleasure. It's definitely worth a try once in a while for that artery clogging goodness. Would hate to see another standalone fried chicken joint disappear.

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Good, but overrated
By k-dawg73 of Burnaby (67 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I drove out all the way from North Burnaby today to try this chicken. I've read some glowing reviews about the spicy chicken here and had to try it for myself.

Previous reviewere were right about the ambiance, this place is a dump on the outside and the inside. The young asian lady who served me was polite enough and helpful with my choice.

I ended up getting the 9 piece meal. Which is 9 pieces of mixed chicken (white meat spicy and dark meat original), with large box of fries and gravy. Cost was $21.99, which is pretty good. I could see them making the chicken as I ordered it. I'm not used to getting freshly friend chicken, so I was looking forward to eating the meal.

Let's just be clear about this place, although it's called LA Chicken, it is Lee's Famous recipe chicken, at least the fries, gravy and original chicken was. Everything was good, the original chicken was flavourfull and very crispy, probably because it was freshly fried and not sitting in a warming oven for 3 - 4 hours. The spicy chicken was crispy, not overly spicy. It tasted different from Lee's Famous though, but not really in a good way. The spicy chicken tasted a bit sweet, not sure why. It wasn't bad or anything, but not what I had expected after reading such positive reviews and not worth driving 25 minutes to Richmond for.

On a positive note, the 9 piece of chicken that I paid for was actually 11 pieces. I guess I just have that look about me that says, "give me more food than what I paid for".

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Good, but overrated
By k-dawg73 of Burnaby (67 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I drove out all the way from North Burnaby today to try this chicken. I've read some glowing reviews about the spicy chicken here and had to try it for myself.

Previous reviewere were right about the ambiance, this place is a dump on the outside and the inside. The young asian lady who served me was polite enough and helpful with my choice.

I ended up getting the 9 piece meal. Which is 9 pieces of mixed chicken (white meat spicy and dark meat original), with large box of fries and gravy. Cost was $21.99, which is pretty good. I could see them making the chicken as I ordered it. I'm not used to getting freshly friend chicken, so I was looking forward to eating the meal.

Let's just be clear about this place, although it's called LA Chicken, it is Lee's Famous recipe chicken, at least the fries, gravy and original chicken was. Everything was good, the original chicken was flavourfull and very crispy, probably because it was freshly fried and not sitting in a warming oven for 3 - 4 hours. The spicy chicken was crispy, not overly spicy. It tasted different from Lee's Famous though, but not really in a good way. The spicy chicken tasted a bit sweet, not sure why. It wasn't bad or anything, but not what I had expected after reading such positive reviews and not worth driving 25 minutes to Richmond for.

On a positive note, the 9 piece of chicken that I paid for was actually 11 pieces. I guess I just have that look about me that says, "give me more food than what I paid for".

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Great chicken
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 8:29am [Dine in]

I have been to this place a few times. It does have the best fried chicken in Vancouver. Everything else isnt so great. The gravy fries and all other stuff is so processed and taste like crap. It looks like a dive but the service isnt bad. Its pretty expensive but if you are craving good fried chicken this is the place for you.

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Fried Chicken Destination
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 1:14am [Dine in]

I found out about this place through an attempt to find the best fried chicken in town so a couple friends and I went to try it out. The menu is pretty standard, similar to KFC and we opted for 3 piece meals that come with fries, a drink and gravy. I think it used to be a Lee's Famous Recipe joint at some point and they have probably preserved most of the menu items. The chicken was very fresh, straight out of the fryer and quite moist. The extra crispy lived up to it's name although the seasoning on the regular chicken was much better. Great peppery gravy too. The atmosphere isn't much to speak of, a few chairs and tables and wallpaper that looks to be straight out of a 1980s dentists office. Who cares though, when the chicken is delicious. This place is out of the way but worth the trip for chicken lovers.

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A polarizing experience
By imprimatur of Lower Mainland (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:57am [Dine in]

I've been here twice.

Service: The owner's wife is very friendly, attentive and pleasant. The service here for takeout is sublime and they really seem to stand behind their product. It's the little things - for example, when I ordered take-out but sat with a friend while he ate a late lunch, the lady held my order until it looked like my friend was half done and then processed it, guaranteeing me a fresh product. Everything was triple-wrapped and the chicken's box had holes punched in it so everything kept crispy.

Food: The chicken polarizes people - some find it too spicy or crispy. I love it, myself - it has strong chicken flavour and a pleasing mixture of spices that is more pleasant than anything you'll get at KFC. Gravy is variable - quite salty and probably from a mix, but delicious if it isn't burnt (the second time I was there, it had a distinct burnt note that was rather offputting although the product was still edible). The other sides are from-a-bucket sorts - the same macaroni, potato and coleslaw salads you can get at any deli in factory buckets. The fries are alright but standard concession-stand fare. The chicken, though, is delicious, moist, and lacks grease in the interior (the exterior is a different story but it isn't soggy!) - the star of the show.

Value: Chicken is well-priced. Sides not so much for what you're getting.

Ambiance: This place looks like it was built in the 80s and abandoned. The bathroom door has a thick black sheen of grease, the wallpaper, chairs and tables are 80s pale greens and purples, and the signage in some windows has faded into blobs - but it's mostly a takeout place and functional enough as an eat-in (perfectly clean, door aside - washroom included.)

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Spicy Fried Chicken to go!
By grubby of New Westminster (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

I went here with my fiance one night last week after having a craving for some good fried chicken. Read the reviews here and were on our way for the 25 minute drive.

Looks plain and very old school...Like old, old school. We ordered the 12 piece mixed chicken combo for 19.99 +tax. Surprise! The lady threw in an extra piece...fryer's dozen?

The spicy chicken didn't seem spicy at first, but the heat comes at you. Batter is delicious, not too thick and the chicken is fried perfectly with juices squirting out.

Didn't try any of the sides, per the reviews, but I would totally recommend coming here for Spicy Fried Chicken. mmmm..

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Best Chicken EVAR!
By inanimate of East Van (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

As the others have said, don't bring a date here. Don't come here looking for great french fries, or a salad and a chicken burger. Don't even bring the whole family together here. Don't stop in just to use the bathroom just because you're in the neighborhood.

Just show up and eat the spicy chicken. It is the best fried chicken in BC. The skin is crunchy and beautiful without being greasy like Church's. The meat if usually flavorful well past the surface unlike KFC. The chicken is decently sized and well priced unlike Popeye's when they were around.

I've even had the $18 fried chicken lunch at Fuel on 4th, but despite their noticeably superior starting point (polderside free range chicken I believe), the chicken batter there doesn't cling to the chicken properly, and doesn't have as satisfying a crunch as the chicken at L.A.

the fries are pretty mediocre, the potato coleslaw and salad are typical of a fast food joint, the diet coke is awful but I drink it anyway, but the chicken is good enough to make me rave about the place to anyone who will listen.

I occasionally order the famous recipe chicken, which is a blend of more interesting seasonings than on the spicy chicken, but the flavor doesn't penetrate the meat the same way. Once you're past the surface, the rest of the chicken is only ok. (the famous recipe wings are great though).

If you love fried chicken, this is it. Don't f*ck around. Go eat here now.

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Awww yeah
By supafamous of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

I've been going to LA Chicken for 20 years now and I go every month for the fried chicken. It's easily the best in Vancouver. The couple running it are a little odd and the place is very run down and sometimes there's no hot water but I'm there for the fried chicken and it's never failed me. Don't bother asking for the chicken sandwich or the nuggets, just get the spicy, crispy chicken and enjoy it.

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