DTLA: Doughnuts and Fried Chicken at Birdies

the huge fluffy doughnuts at Birdies

the huge fluffy doughnuts at Birdies

 

I was bummed out when Mabel’s fried chicken and waffles closed but was happy to see it re-concepted and became Birdies. It is still serving great fried chicken and added in doughnuts. The space has been re-tooled to better fit the coffee bar and showcase their interesting flavors of doughnuts.

strawberry white chocolate

strawberry white chocolate

I tried the lemon thyme pistachio and the strawberry with white chocolate. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the strawberry and thought the flavor was similar to Pocky’s strawberry (which is my favorite Pocky). I didn’t try the wackier stuff like the one with bacon or the outrageous looking s’mores one. I’ll let those with a sweet tooth handle those.

fried chicken sandwich

fried chicken sandwich

But I did get a fried chicken sandwich. There’s a spicy version as well which I might consider next time. After I try out the breakfast sandwich (because BACON!). The chicken was moist and it’s really best to eat it there, crowded against the counter seating.

cole slaw

cole slaw

Birdies was offering a couple of sides as well. I opted for the cole slaw while a friend had the thick wedge potato fries. I liked my slaw but wished for a tiny bit more vinegar. And maybe less seeds. Still, it was a good slaw and nice with the fried chicken sandwich.

spicy fried chicken sandwich

spicy fried chicken sandwich

 

The spicy fried chicken sandwich appeared to be just like the regular one but had a spicy ghost pepper sauce.

potato wedges

potato wedges

 

If I hadn’t just eaten a bunch of potato chips week, I might have been tempted by the wedges.

Birdies has posted hours of 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. With the local clubs The Mayan and Belasco nearby, I could see how they might cash in on that late night crowd. But I’ll be returning for lunch.. and maybe a doughnut.

Birdies

314 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015  —  (213) 536-5720 
 
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