Legendary Fried Chicken & Nashville Hot Chicken Hits L.A. - Howlin' Ray's New Restaurant!


#282

So, is Howlin Ray’s still open for dinner on Thursday nights? Was thinking about stopping by before the Dodger game this week.


#283

Hi @Bigmouth,

So far it was for 2 early test runs (to see how the kitchen / supplies would hold up). They haven’t announced more dates yet.

Hopefully soon, or if they manage to expand the kitchen space a bit.


#284

The team is going to Nashville for more training next week, but it remains pretty fantastic. I managed to get in just about at 4 without much of a wait as the last order of the day to sate my craving for fried chicken ignited by my dinner at Here’s Looking At You. Ah, the intense, complex flavors of the Howlin’ sauce are indelible, like some kind of wild fantasia for the palate.

I wish Chef Zone would make Grits all the time though because his simple side of them were probably the best grits I’ve had in Los Angeles.

I can’t wait to see what these guys start doing after this Nashville training, hot damn!


#285

Good shit . I can’t get that where I live . Grits, fried chicken , what’s not to love . Wish I had some .


#286

I was there with one of my sons at the same time. The Sandwich’ ordered extra hot was absolutely delicious!


#287

I wonder what the differential is between XHot and Howlin’.

You guys get any grits? Haha


#288

Where do you love you poor soul? :frowning:


#289

Santa Cruz , CA . I wish it would tell me something new . Been here a long time. Though the bread is superior .


#290

Well worth the drive.

And you’re closer to Freebirds… Those nachos man


#291

You mean Freebirds the burrito place? Isn’t there one in Marina Del Ray?


#292

No. There’s only one original and then a bunch of franchises with no affiliation other than the name that they licensed and they suck. The one and only original Freebirds in SB has the craziest nachos I have ever experienced and is a severe guilty pleasure of mine that I indulge in annually.


#293

Ah, gotcha. Sounds like an Original Soup Man situation. So sad when a place sells out its good name like that.


#294

Xtra Hot is quite hot but on ‘The Sandwich’ just perfect, at least to my palate! Howlin’ Hot has an intense blend of some of the hottest peppers known to man (or women) and is absolutely scorching HOT.
Anybody here regularly order their meals at Howling’ Ray’s with the Howlin’ Hot sauce?


#295

Update 7:
(Adding the info and sides from the Fried Chicken Journey thread.)

For our 10th visit, the line wasn’t too bad, about a 40 minute wait.

Unsweetened Peach Ice Tea:

Refreshing, and with just the right touch of Peach aroma.

Pickles:

I love their Pickles. Crisp, crunchy, just the right amount of tartness.

Fried Chicken Dark (Leg & Thigh), “Country” Style (Level 1 - No Heat):

As soon as it appears, the beautiful golden hue, the look sets it apart from all of the other places we visited on this adventure. And then the first bite:

There’s this delectable, deeply satisfying CRUNCH and this light, airy crispiness. Chef Johnny Ray Zone has perfected the batter and cooking times, to create fantastic, legendary Fried Chicken! :blush:

It’s so juicy, perfectly seasoned, not too salty, not underseasoned, the blend of everything together is just on an entirely other level of Fried Chicken to anything we’ve had in L.A.

IT’S SO GOOD! :heart:

We got this piece just out of the fryer, piping hot, and you could see and taste how juicy it was:

Their Fried Chicken Wings were just as good:

Chef Zone and staff watch the cooking times of each of the pieces with an eagle eye. His pedigree from working in the kitchens of Chef Thomas Keller (French Laundry) and Gordon Ramsay are apparent. We’ve never had overcooked Chicken in any of the 10 times we’ve visited. Perfect. :slight_smile:

Fried Chicken & Waffles - The Waffle:

Their Housemade Batter and freshly-cooked Waffles make all the difference. On this visit, the Waffle is as crisp and pillowy as the first time we had it. :slight_smile: (Note: Make sure you take the Fried Chicken off the Waffle and enjoy it immediately! :slight_smile:).

Market Side - Dirty Crab Rice:

I knew we were in for a treat when I glanced at the daily changing board on the wall announcing their Market Side Dish: Dirty Crab Rice! Yes, when Chef Zone starts making classic Southern sides like Dirty Rice, but this time with real Crab meat, it can only mean good things.

And it was absolutely delicious! :blush: Howlin’ Ray’s Dirty Crab Rice had all the wonderful aspects of a good Dirty Rice, with the Onions, Bell Peppers, Black Pepper notes and Bay Leaf coming through. But the Crab meat and the Serrano and Fresno Chilies were the additional layer that elevated this Market Side to must order status! :slight_smile:

Note: Starting this week, Howlin’ Ray’s now has 3 Permanent Side Dishes(!) in addition to a rotating Special Market Side. The 3 Permanent Sides are: Collard Greens, Potato Salad and their Cider Vinegar Slaw! Paging @bulavinaka for the Potato Salad. :slight_smile:

Potato Salad:

Collard Greens:

Chef Zone’s Housemade Collard Greens, while sounding simple, are just spot-on perfect. The Collard Greens are cooked down to a tender consistency, the Onions, Garlic and Vinegar help to counter the 2 types of Pork being added in, which gives the whole dish a subtle lush quality, while still being about the wonderful Collard Greens. :slight_smile: These were delicious.

Hot Shake Fries:

We’ve ordered their Crinkle Cut style French Fries only once before, I think during our 2nd visit, which felt so long ago. They were "OK’ the first time we tried them, but they seem to have improved dramatically! They were piping hot, slightly crisped, and the Hot Shake seasoning (in-house blend) made them seriously addicting! :slight_smile: Despite the red color, they weren’t spicy. Just beautifully seasoned, and not very salty.

Fried Chicken White (Breast & Wing), “Country” Style (Level 1 - No Heat):

The beautiful golden batter, yielded to perfectly fried Fried Chicken once again. In all 11 visits, Chef Zone’s Fried Chicken has been consistently cooked, always crunchy and crispy, with this lightness to the batter and lightness to the taste.

It’s well-brined and seasoned. Never too salty, or oddly sweet, or dried out, or too greasy; the stuff that plagues too many of the Fried Chicken specialists around L.A.

It’s just fantastic, juicy, excellent Fried Chicken! :slight_smile:

Side note: Kudos to the Howlin’ Ray’s team for getting a shout-out from Phil Rosenthal (host of “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having!”) on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night. Well-deserved! (And maybe the reason the line after we left increased to over 120 people in line! :open_mouth:)

Howlin’ Ray’s continues to deliver the most amazing Fried Chicken in L.A. It’s so good and consistent, nothing else we’ve tried has come close. :blush:

Initial Hours (extended Hours will be added once they settle in):

Wed - Sun
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Howlin’ Ray’s Nashville Hot Chicken
727 N. Broadway Ave #128
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (213) 935-8399


#296

I do… Every time. I crave that Howlin’ sauce.


#297

So they got a Chicken and Waffles sandwich now!!

(Photo from Howlin Rays IG)


#298

Oh my… My my my my my.

What’s the yellow gooey stuff flecked with red? Egg? Cheese? The most special of sauces? Some phenomnomnomenally delicious combination?


#299

apparently it’s cheddar and maple syrup


#300

Dear Jebus… I will be dreaming of this sandwich.


#301

Success @Chowseeker1999 finally!

The husband was driving home from Anaheim. He called and said he was getting off in Chinatown to get Howlin’ Ray’s :kissing:. It was after 3pm on a Sunday! Even the parking lot attendant told him there’s no way he’s gettin’ any chicken.

Surprise!

Mild (touch of heat) for the first timers

Look at this big honkin’ thang.


Oh boy :kissing_closed_eyes:. The meat was super moist, tender & juicy… maybe the best meat of any fried chix I’ve had. Crust had a slight sweetness to it, maybe a hint of cinnamon. I’m full, but can’t stop picking at it. The coating did come off the skin a bit. But I’m chalking it up to take-out. I’ll make note when we eat it there. #takeouthowlinraysisbetterthannohowlinrays

Potato salad, greens, pickles & sauces


The sides are a little subdued, maybe purposely. Greens have a little smokiness. Tasty pickles. I doctored up the potato salad with the kicked-up mayo sauce, yum.

The wait was about an hour. But he chatted with other customers and smack talked (by text) with his friends. He says he can see why they have limited hours. It’s intense, non-stop action. It’s smart to keep it that way, so quality doesn’t go down. He met chef Zone and he was incredibly friendly.

Thanks all you intrepid chow seekers!