You have fried chicken, then you have Jim Dandy. I had high hopes for Jim Dandy, and for good reason too. It’s not Church’s or Popeye’s, and it sure is not KFC. Although Church’s and Popeye’s has a special place in my heart, I have no love for KFC. Jim Dandy is on a new level of fried chicken. Is it even mightier than my all time favorite, Pioneer Chicken? It just might have better fried chicken, but it can never touch the nostalgia factor that Pioneer has. Situated just on the verge of South LA, Jim Dandy sits on a corner, all alone. The bullet proof glass where you order from is telling of the neighborhood. A little dangerous? Well that depends on who you are. For me, it was just a little bit of my childhood. All I came here for was the chicken, but it turns out, I got a little more.
The fried chicken is quite tasty. The chicken itself has a pure flavor. The original has less flavor, but all the crunch and chicken essence you need. The spicy though, is not really hot spicy, but just has more spices. This is where all the flavor of a good fried chicken was. The spices were just right, and the chicken wasn’t salty or overly flavored with other ingredients. The batter is light, yet satisfying. At this point, I thought we as a community should replace all KFC restaurants with a Jim Dandy. That would be my service to the community.
I ordered a side fritter with my wing. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I assumed it would be dry and quite stale tasting. I couldn’t further from the truth. The fritter, covered in powdered sugar was quite possibly the best thing I ate in quite some time. Such a simple thing really, it was more like a donut. Fried in either shortening or animal fat, the fritter was so light delicate. The somewhat warm inside was so fluffy and cake like, but the outside crust was the main attraction. It was so crispy, mixed with the powdered sugar, it was just a perfect bite every time. I might even like these more than the chicken. It is just that good. All fritters will be compared to Jim Dandy from here on out. Take my word. Get the fritters.
When will I ever visit Jim Dandy again? Soon I hope. The chicken and fritters is such an affordable meal and a delicious one at that. I came for the chicken, but I left with a memory of the best fritters I ever had. I’ll be back sooner than later.