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Howlin' Ray's

727 N Broadway #128, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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(213) 935-8399
Price range: Under $10


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Rating: 4.8
Rating: 4.5
Rating: 9.0

Hands down the best place to eat chicken in LA. The staff was awesome and the cashier was even more awesome. The team is very knowledgeable of the menu, very friendly and engaging. The food was crazy good. They have chicken. Hot chicken. The menu offers a level of spice for everyone; from flavorful and not spicy to center-of-the-sun howling hot chicken. In addition, they offer a selection of sides​ to tame the fire your mouth will develop. Outside of the joint there was a friendly atmosphere of people - oddly off their phones and chatting with the stranger next to them, people could be see dancing while strangers played the piano stationed out front. And finally there was a line, a long line. Normally restaurants would lose a star for long wait times​ but not here, I'd wait in line everyday for LA's best Nashville Hot Chicken.
Off the top I have to say this place is amazing! One of my best eating experiences to date. Hands down the best fried chicken around lol seriously though If available I highly recommend eating on the front counter top. The staff is awesome! Believe me, you wont get a better experience than sitting right in the mix watching these guys kick ass handling the crazy long line that never seems to disappear. Honestly this place is so crazy delicious, id wait 4 hrs in line
I do think the chicken sandwich (medium) was quite good. It is an extremely dense and heavy sandwich and you will likely be full for some time. It was such a mess to eat though! I'm more of a fan of just plain fried chicken and not in a sandwich though, so that's on me to try next time. Service here is really fantastic. The employees seem really happy, and I can really appreciate a place with happy employees, since it usually means they're being treated well. The wait is no joke though...
+ Fried Chicken (Dark Meat) - crispy skin, very moist, and very flavorful + Waffles - freshly made, great syrup (not too sweet) + Comeback Sauce + Amazing service - LONG wait This is my favorite deep fried hot chicken joint. Howlin' Ray's has opened my eyes to the glorious thing known as Nashville Style Hot Chicken. The chicken skin is very crispy and flavorful while the chicken meat is super moist. The flavors are banging! Great intense flavor and some serious heat. The workers and owner are amazing, great people to interact with. I crave this chicken. My go to order is Chicken (Dark Meat, HOT) and Waffles (Only on weekends) w/Hot Shake Fries.
This place met all of my expectations. The mild chicken sandwich made the wait worth it. I was willing to get back in that long line just to get another bite of the crispy goodness. The service was great and the team was very friendly and hospitable. Definitely one of my favorite spots.


646 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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(213) 623-3450
Price range: Under $10


Monday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM


Rating: 4.8
Rating: 4.5

Review from my yelp on May 22, 2017. I arrived here on Saturday, May 21, 2017 at 19:45 (7:45pm). I ordered meatzilla burger ($8) with $3 extra to make it meatzza style which is the pizza bun on top filled with cheese and pepperoni. I also ordered tater tots ($4). I had it to go even though there were some tables to sit because parking in Downtown Los Angeles is not fun with my old car. I felt like I ate a pizza and burger together. I vaguely recalled the flavor of the burger since I was too hungry to care. All I can say is that I was satisfied eating the burger. The tater tots were flavorful and the portions were large enough to share with 2 people. Since I drove myself there, I could only finish about half of that. The cashier was nice and I saw some people enjoying the burger while waiting for my order. Parking isn't hard to find, but remember this is Downtown, so expect to pay to park unless you come in after 20:00 (8pm). The location is not that great, but the food is more than enough to make up for the trip. Also do not be surprised that there might be no seats because the place is very small. They only have about 4 tables at most. With that said, I will definitely come back to try other burgers and hopefully eat it there.
Their meatzzaa deserve a five star. My only concern is the cleanliness. The leftover food frm the customers was still lying on the tables and no one cleared it. Coming back to the meatzza, I could not finish the whole thing at one go. It was heavy and it was yummy. I would love to go back again and relish the food despite the shabby ambiance.
Took time to get the order but it was worth it! Dinning area is small.
Just had the chicken sandwich. It was delicious. I suggest visiting this place as soon as possible.
My new favorite burger joint. Tried the classic meathead, and yeah, it really is. Also tried the Korean burger with the pizza top bun. Who'da thunk bulgogi and pepperoni would go? It's great too. Hole-in-the-wall decor plus great burger equals meathead!


114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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(213) 788-1191
Price range: $11-30


Monday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM


Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0
Rating: 9.2

I love everything about this very special place. The space is beautiful, the cocktails are unique and delicious. Chef Neal Fraser and his team continue to produce a great menu. My favorite times to be there are happy hour at the bar or for Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Good are good quality but very much on the salty side, especially the cocktails. Servers were friendly but overall service was ok, would had liked more frequent water glass refills probably contributed by the saltiness of all the dishes. Great ambiance, good for date nights or client dinners.
A very awesome dining experience. The place had decent food and service. Prices are very reasonable.
Attentive staff, great environment and really creative dishes. Perfect peace of you're looking for something upscale and new.
My wife and I decided to eat at Redbird on a recommendation from a friend. This was an excellent choice as a pre-opera dinner. Everybody on staff is the friendliest I've ever encountered. Their chef's are masters at what they do. All dishes are perfectly balanced and seasoned. I highly recommend the Yuzu Custard dessert to end your evening.

The Escondite

410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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(213) 626-1800
Price range: $11-30


Monday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Thursday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM


Rating: 4.3
Rating: 4.0
Rating: 8.7

Great dive near skid row. Has a parking lot. Great band plays every Sunday. Covered smoking patio. Food is pretty good too, burgers and sandwiches and stuff.
Great dive bar with good beer and food. Crazy weird location, though... A bit sketch.
I love this place. It's always busy and teh food is honest and very well cooked. The burgers are big, with lots of fillings but the best thing on the menu is the teriyaki steak tips on garlic bread. Honestly, they are like crack cocaine. It';s only an appetiser, so if you are really hungry, it';s best to order two baskets and ask them to put it in one. The steak is exceptionally well cooked and the teriyaki sauce is perfect. The fried pickles are good too; the batter is very tasty and the dipping sauce compliments the dish well. Most nights see some kind of live music, weekends especially are busy. There is covered outside seating but it can get chilly out there in winter. The view of the nearby skyline is great and there is a free parking lot right outside but do remember this is smack in the middle of skid row though.
Nice small bar in the area. Pretty cozy and nice interior. The drinks are good. I haven't tried the food but the menu looks good.
Best(and maybe only) straight up Chicago bar in la. Their Italian beef sandwich is close enough to the real thing. Love the brunch options.


108 W 2nd St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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(213) 221-7466
Price range: $11-30


Monday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM


Rating: 4.2
Rating: 4.0
Rating: 8.8

The food is very good, unique, great place to bring people visiting town. That being said, have had several (3) bad experiences now with the staff. On 3 separate occasions our reservation was at least a half hour late, the third time reaching 45 minutes until we just finally left. Look, I get it, I worked in the service industry for a long time, stuff happens, whatever. I understand and am not the type to be rude to service staff. But they never really seem apologetic about it, you know, at least offer us a free appetizer or something. And the final time I went, where we waited for 45 minutes before leaving, was particularly annoying. We arrived at 10, the time of our reservation, and they said just a few minutes. So on and so on and so on, until finally, after 45 minutes, they tell us that we had actually made our reservation for 10:15pm, not 10pm. I said it seemed strange that they were suddenly bringing that up, but even if that is true, its currently 10:45, so where's our table? "Just another minute. Several people who had arrived after us were seated. Maybe they had earlier reservations than us even, who knows. But we ultimately just left and after three bad experiences, probably won't go again.
This was the first place my friends and I went in LA while visiting from Portland. Between the six of us, we had a seriously epic feast. Family style is definitely the way to go because the portions are perfect and trust me, you're gonna wanna order EVERYTHING. And you should. And your server will probably cheer you on because they are awesome and it's just an overall great experience eating here. I'd come back to LA just to eat at Badmaash again, and that's big deal coming from a Portland girl that works in the restaurant industry. Badmaash is THAT good.
Had the fried chicken sammich. Very tasty but I wasn't blown away. It was a bit messy. Would be better with a bun that can stand up to the sauce/pickles. The biggest disappointment was the size. For $14 the sandwich was pretty small and comes with a side of very average, bland, forgettable slaw. Not filling at all. My friend ordered the fish and chips and it was really delicious. But again, the portion size was too small. They give you a TON of fries but cut the fish up into nuggets, and it probably barely adds up to a full piece of fish. I probably won't return just because it's not very filling and I wasn't wowed to the point I felt it was worth the price. But if you happen to be in the neighborhood, give it a try. Maybe other things on their menu might be more filling.
Badmaash brought back some really good good memories. I went there for pure nostalgia. It's a cute little restaurant in DTLA. The food was great. Only thing though.. there service was not very good. They kept forgetting about getting me my thumbs up and despite making a reservation my table well in advance I still had to stand for about 10 minutes. Overall good placr to visit
A really good Indian food. Quality is consistent and service is good. It gets busy so reservations recommended.

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