American Comfort Food, Japanese Style! Dinner at Tokyo Fried Chicken Co.

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EVENT MUST KNOWS:

• We will meet in front of the restaurant at 7:15 pm.  They don't take reservations, so there may be a bit of a wait (I will arrive at 6:30 pm to put our names down for a table).  Please DO NOT be late, as they will only seat complete parties!

• Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Why this policy? The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. In addition, most of the dishes we order will be moderately to very spicy. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.

• Cost per person is expected to be about $18 - $30, depending on how much food you order, plus any beverages, tax and gratuity.  Please bring at least $40 in CASH (small bills preferred) to settle your portion of the bill. 

• Check out their Yelp reviews, where they've earned a 4.0 Star Rating so far: http://www.yelp.com/biz/tokyo-fried-chicken-co-monterey-park

• Parking is available in parking lot of the mini-mall where they are located (same mini-mall as Hot Pot, Hot Pot - SE corner of Atlantic and Garvey, just behind the Valero gas station.  Parking lot entrances are off Garvey and Atlantic).  Street parking is available.  Be sure to read the street signs for any parking restrictions.

Well, seems like news gets out fast on the opening of this little Japanese eatery that was once named Open Door and served an array of izakaya dishes.  It totally caught me off guard that they have decided to change the name and the concept of this restaurant, as it seemed to be doing rather solid business on a night basis, as the other nearby alternative for Japanese izakaya is Shin Sen Gumi Shabu Shabu up the street, but they're so much pricier.  Well, apparently the new concept of a Japanese variation of the classic American Southern Fried Chicken has been a hit, as the Asian and Southern flavors seem to work together in harmony, and it doesn't hurt for your chicken to be wonderfully crunchy as well.  Add an array of traditional Southern side dishes such as collard greens and macaroni & cheese and give them a spin plus offerings of Japanese side dishes such as edamame, and you have a formula for some really good eats.

I was planning to host a meet up here soon when I first learned about them a month ago, but then Zagat spilled the beans about them, followed by a new restaurant opening announcement of them in the L.A. Weekly that was picked up by the Huffington Post.  But then Tasting Table featured them in yesterday's email blast and, well, the the cat's now out of the bag.  So, I've decided to pounce on them before the crowds stream for the place later this weekend.

So, join me here for dinner, feasting on one of my favorite foods (heck, most peoples' favorite food) -- Southern Fried Chicken.

From Zagat: 

"We have Southern fried chicken, smoky fried chicken and Korean fried chicken. Now there's Japanese fried chicken courtesy of Tokyo Fried Chicken Co., now soft open in Monterey Park. What makes this different from other golden, crispy birds? Similar to karaage chicken, which is marinated in soy, ginger and garlic, it's fried in rice bran oil which leaves it lighter and less greasy. But it's whole pieces, like you'd get anywhere, not just the boneless pieces you get at an izakaya. You get even get it to go in a TFCC bucket. There are Southern-inspired sides with a Japanese influence; some, it's the other way around. Things like curried creamed corn, dashi-braised collard greens, truffle-butter edamame, soy-glazed carrots with bacon and more. There's a nice list of local craft beers plus some imported ones like Echigo, Hitachino and Yona Yona, plus sweet green tea and yuzu lemonade.

The casual spot is the former Open Door space, with a new clean rustic design, and like a lot of new restaurants and chefs these days, the staff wears Hedley & Bennett aprons, which are made here in LA, with signage painted by local artist Peter Greco. The restaurant opens Wednesday through Sunday at 5:30 PM."

Besha Rodell's article in the L.A. Weekly: http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2013/08/tokyo_fried_chicken_co.php

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  • Chrissy

    Oh I love you. I'm working at a branch in Boyle Heights and was looking for a place to eat tonight. I'll get the low down. :)

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Juliaa

    Sounds delicious, but can't this Friday. : ( Enjoy!

    September 4, 2013

  • Andi

    If I wasn't going to Boston, I would DEFINITELY be going to this.

    September 4, 2013

  • Sally

    Darn, I have plans already. Was reading about this place yesterday and it sounds so good! Can't wait to hear what you think.

    September 4, 2013

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