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- Pioneer ChickenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jan 01, 2014
Holy Nostalgia Batman!!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
As a child of the 80's, I remember the nearby Pioneer Chicken in Lakewood, which is now California Sushi & Teriyaki, on Del Amo & Woodruff. Whether it was for dinner or a birthday party, Pioneer Chicken never failed to satisfy my fried chicken cravings. Besides the neon red chicken, I remember quite fondly the spicy rice. In fact, that's what I loved about Pioneer Chicken the most!
Not too long ago, I found out there are still Pioneer Chicken restaurants in operation. I thought they went out of existence like the Dodo bird and Crystal Pepsi. Wanting to see if Pioneer Chicken is still as good as I remembered, I finally made my way to my long lost childhood friend.
A quick drive up the 605 and I arrived.
The decor hasn't changed a lick since the 80's. Popeye's Chicken bought out most of the Pioneer Chicken locations, so the layout is almost identical, save for a brick facade and wood panelings and chairs.
I went for the 3 pc meal with 2 sides & a biscuit/$6.79 + $0.95 for all breasts. My 2 sides were both spicy rice.
Greasy, fatty, oily - just the way I remembered it! Hey, it's okay to indulge, if only infrequently. The neon red breading was crispy & crunchy, the breast meat moist & tender. The spicy rice is definitely spicy! I can't believe I was able to tolerate the heat when I was just a wee laddie. I didn't have the biscuit so I can't give my 2 cents on it, but they are handmade. Huge props to Pioneer Chicken for giving out real butter packets, instead of the fake "buttery" spreads that most places give out nowadays to the unsuspecting masses. A delicious meal, just like I remembered.
Service was good. I was told the wings would take about 10 mins to fry, which is why I opted for all breasts. Parking is available in a shared lot with Winchell's.
I highly recommend travelling back in time and paying a visit to Pioneer Chicken for some moist, tender & tasty fried chicken. Forget the Colonel! Give ol' Pioneer Pete a bro hug while you stuff your pie hole ;p
- Pioneer ChickenFirst to ReviewJul 01, 2013
Pioneer chicken trumps kfc, pop eyes, churchs, roscoes
After a long day in the office, nothing satisfies the soul more than some deep fried chicken. The chicken here is moist and the skin is crispy. The Louisiana sauce goes perfectly with the chicken. Additionally, the mash potatoes and fries are quite solid. Throw in some orange bang and I am in heaven. I have to admit the chicken here is a little bit pricey but it is worth the price.
However, what makes this place great is the owner Peter. This man loves food. He carries this passion into the food he makes.
Overall, great chicken and great owner. Unfortunately, there is no restroom and be careful in the parking lot (it's a bit narrow).