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240 N Virgil Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90004

Even in a city with more fried chicken sandwiches shops than badly named improv teams (ours was “Can’t Tuna Fish”), the spicy ones being made at Mei Lin’s new restaurant, Daybird, stand out from the pack. The recipe here is simple – just a big, ol’, juicy slab of chicken, deep-fried to perfection with a signature mix of Szechuan peppers and other dried spices, then served on a bed of pickled chilis. Is it the spiciest hot chicken sandwich in town? No. But that’s not the point. The point here is balance. The sweet, crunchy slaw complements the hot Sichuan pepper rub, the fluffy bun balances the chicken’s crispy textures, and we’re trying to eat it all in one hand as we speed away from their Silver Lake outpost, on the way home. Available for takeout-only, click here to place an order.

A new fried chicken joint has entered the chat. Called Daybird, this takeout-only spot is run by Mei Lin (Nightshade), and is serving Szechuan hot chicken tenders, hot chicken sandwiches, and golden brown fries. They’re located in the Silver Lake Plaza, a small random strip mall off of Virgil Ave. and Temple St. where we once got our hard drive fixed for honestly a pretty good rate. And if you’re interested in their heat levels, everything on the menu can be made from mild to extreme spiciness, plus there are a few drinks available, including milk tea, lemonade, and soda.

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