National Fried Chicken Day, Free Ice Cream at Jeni’s & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

July 4, 2017 by Christina Champlin

This week we celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 with a round up of the best crispy chicken specials in town.

Tops on the list: a Fried Chicken Gravy sandwich from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Chicken & Waffle Tacos from Baldoria and the debut of the Bad Mutha Clucka from Dog Haus courtesy of Top Chef winner Ilan Hall.


Also of note this week is Secret Lasagna, an Elote Burger, free ice cream at Jeni’s a Salsa Festival in Perishing Square and much more.

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Bon Appétit!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will begin to celebrate your birthday with free ice cream! Birthday guests can order any single, standard, or trio size ice cream in a cup or cone of their choice, and get their order free of charge. Adults must show a valid ID, and kids must be accompanied by an adult who can vouch that the day is their real birthday.

Lock & Key Social Drinkery and Kitchen in Downey has been getting a lot of attention lately due to a viral video of their larger than life Tomahawk Steak Business Insider Video.  LAist just shined a light on their secret menu, unveiling the Elote Burger topped with fire-roasted corn, chipotle adobo, cream cheese, cotija cheese, scallions, mayo, and wait for it — HOT CHEETOS. It’s been so popular that the restaurant now plans to put the Elote Burger on their regular menu by mid-July. Get the burger for $14.

Chef Royce Burke will open a new late night eatery called Secret Lasagna in Chinatown on July 19. The menu includes burgers, vegan tacos, a duck casserole, and two types of lasagna. Secret Lasagna will offer a couple seats at the eatery but the place is more for take out. Burke plans to operate from 5 p.m. to midnight for walk-ins and until 3 a.m. for UberEats delivery.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday July 4th, 2017

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is throwing a Rooftop Fourth of July Celebration with a barbecue, and panoramic view of surrounding fireworks including the Grand Park celebration! Guests will dine from several stations featuring items such as Spicy & Sweet Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Kurobuta Pork Shoulder, BBQ Glazed Grilled Jidori Chicken, and a selection of gourmet sausages. The meal ends on a sweet note with picnic-style desserts and s’mores macarons. Cocktails include frosé, beer, wine, and more. Tickets cost $49 per person.

Baldoria in Little Tokyo will serve $4 shots of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Chinaco Tequila and Loft & Bear Vodka from 4:30 to 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July!

Wednesday July 5th 2017

The Yamashiro Farmers Market is back with its signature nighttime market perched high atop the Hollywood hills. Yamashiro has one of the best views in Los Angeles and each Wednesday evening they host food trucks, farm fresh produce booths, wine, fresh baked goods, flowers and more. You can even check out the Pagoda Bar, offering cocktails, light sushi fare and Happy Hour until 8 p.m.

The Proud Bird has been official re-opened to the public! Operating for lunch and dinner during the week and an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch during the weekend, the 1967 historic restaurant has been revamped into a super cool Food Bazaar. The food looks promising since Chef Ted Hopson and Ann-Marie Verdi of The Bellwether were consultants on the menus.

Thursday July 6th, 2017

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with some of our favorite places…

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken L.A. is offering a Fried Chicken Honey sandwich (honey butter & hot sauce), Fried Chicken Gravy sandwich (sausage gravy) on a savory doughnut, potato roll or cheddar biscuit and Fried Chicken BLT (lettuce, tomato & choice of 1 sauce) on a savory doughnut bun, Old Bay doughnut bun, or potato roll.


Dog Haus just expanded into fried chicken territory thanks to Dog Haus’ collaboration with Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. On July 6 Dog Haus will unveil the Bad Mutha Clucka a umami fueled fried chicken sandwich featuring 100% all natural cage-free chicken breast on a bed of lettuce, pickles and haus made miso ranch, served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls.

Nighthawk’s version of Chicken & Biscuits features buttermilk fried chicken, vintage cheddar & chive biscuits, bacon sausage gravy and Aleppo pepper.

Baldoria serves up two friend chicken dishes on this special day. Chicken & Waffle Tacos made with spicy fried chicken, apple-cinna waffles and WhistlePig maple syrup. Fried Chicken & Texas Toast featuring spicy fried chicken, garlic toast and chili honey.

Connie and Ted’s serves a fried chicken sandwich featuring a fried chicken patty topped with lettuce, spicy pickle relish, dill aioli between a homemade bun.

BOA Steakhouse serves up a classic Southern Fried Chicken meal every Thursday accompanied by potato salad, slaw, and hot sauce.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar offers a delicious smokey fried Jidori chicken topped with smoked milk gravy and served with yam preserves and spicy pickled okra

Grab a Cold Fried Chicken Sandwich from Little Dom’s Deli. The chilled fried chicken is topped with sundried tomato pesto, burrata, arugula and fresh lemon juice on a ciabatta bun.

Friday July 7th, 2017


The rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles will be taken over by WP24 during Summer Supper + Show Series.  Happening every Friday and Saturday guests can enjoy cuisine from WP24 by Wolfgang Puck while watching a classic film on the 26th floor terrace of the Ritz-Carlton. Guests have two options during the show, order a two-course prix-fixe dinner at WP24 then, move to the rooftop deck to take in a movie from a select reserve seat with cinema snacks for $85 per person or watch the movie while enjoying the house made snacks  for $25. The series kicks off with a screening of Singin’ in the Rain on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday July 8th, 2017

The 2017 Salsa Festival at Pershing Square (July 8-9) will feature a wide variety of salsas to sample alongside local food vendors, a margarita bar, live music and an interactive kids zone. Access to the event is free and open to all ages, however you can purchase various tasting packages, as well as food and drinks, on-site. Salsas available for sampling will range from classic rojas and pico de gallos to moles and salsa ranchera. For a full list of the types of salsas, visit here.

The Long Beach Vegan Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park for an afternoon of live music, vegan fare, and family fun. Vegan food trucks and booths, a chili cook-off, live music and activities for adults and kids ranging from yoga to face painting. Food vendors include BEETxBEET, Clean South, Case De Brisa, Kona Ice, Vegan Pizza, Vegan Sushi, Zen Comfort and many more. General admission is $17, VIP tickets are $45, children under 12 are free.

Award winning food writer Bill Esparza will be at Friends & Family to sign his new book, L.A. Mexicano starting at noon. The restaurant will feature one of Bill’s favorite dishes from his book, Huevos Rancheros for brunch guests as well.