One of my Top 3 Chicken Sandwich picks in LA
Updated: Aug 14, 2019
Located in an all brick building in downtown Los Angeles, the previous location of Mables fried chicken and waffles, Birdies DTLA has become known for their fried chicken and donuts. The location is quite convenient and parking is either street or lot parking ( as is most of downtown). The inside is sparse, but eclectic decor . There are no tables, just a long bar extending a far wall with bar stools. This isn't a fine dining establishment. Its designed to eat your food and leave whether it be morning noon or evening.
The menu is simple. Donuts and Fried Chicken. From my understanding they have their mainstay donuts along with daily and seasonal specials. The fried chicken comes 3 ways, on the bone, strips or on a sandwich. Their side items are limited to french fries and cole slaw.
I have gleefully been here twice now. Both times I ordered both the chicken and a donut. Both times I tried to order the fries, but they weren't available for some reason. Both times, I wanted to marry the chicken and divorce the donuts. I really wanted to like the donuts too. What a perfect marriage of sweet and savory it could have been, but instead in was such an end of the meal let down.
The chicken is amazing. I've had both the chicken strips and the spicy chicken sandwich. Its tender, its moist, its got flavor and the breading is so light so crunchy. I'm salivating while I type this. If you get the spicy sandwich, its really not that spicy, there's a few chili's in a vinegar based cole slaw, but its not going to burn your mouth. The next time I go back, I may try the chicken on the bone, but its so hard as the sandwich is so perfect.
The donuts were not so amazing. I've tried both the cake donut and the yeast donut. The cake donut was so dry and heavy. It was hard to break apart. To be honest, it felt like it was a couple of days old even though I was there at 11am. The second time I purchased the yeast donut, but it was no better. It was also dry and not much flavor. When you're paying $3.50 for a donut that tastes worse than what you can get at the chinese food, donut, and video place for $.75, its not going to get me to order it again.
I will be back. Over and Over for that chicken and that lemonade. Both ooooooooo sooooooooo gooooood!
I've been back twice since I wrote the original blog post. I'm still in love with the chicken, but now its all about the breakfast sandwich. You get your choice of egg (scrambled or over easy) bacon, cheese and boneless fried chicken piece. Its my new favorite. Fo Sho! Its moist and flavorful and you can't wait to take your next bite. So. Freaking. Good!
I'm still not a huge fan of the donuts. It appears that they have switched from mainly cake donuts to yeast donuts, but it still hasn't caught me. Although, I do think they are much better than they used to be. I was a fan of the strawberry shortcake. Something about that fresh strawberry with the cream and the yeast donut made me happy.
Honorable mention also goes to the fantastic fresh Lemonade they serve. Trust me, get the large size. You won't regret it!
Regardless, I will still be back for that chicken. Time and time again!
314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
The food at this restaurant was provided complimentary or at a discounted price, however all opinions are 100% mine. A free meal does not buy a good review.