08 May Chicken Sandwiches, bringing the heat!
We, at Kindle Living, are chicken sandwich obsessed. If it’s on the menu, consider it ordered. For Angelenos the CS craze is real – after all, who can resist a well-seasoned, crispy crust, creamy slaw to take the edge off the spice, and the tang of a crisp pickle.
Not surprisingly, we like our sandwiches with a bit of heat. And we LOVE our sandwiches when Kindle Living is bringing the heat. And by that we mean the heat keeping customers warm as they
overindulge enjoy in moderation. The Crack Shack at the Westfield shopping center in Century City is one such Kindle Living property. They’re not kidding around with an extensive menu by chef Richard Blais, including the usual poultry-centric suspects, plus a few surprises like Mexican Poutine and Chicken Oysters. The super cool and occasionally kitschy design by Shawmut Design and PGAL Architects features tall windows, custom murals by artist Matt Forderer, and expansive 14-foot bifolding doors leading to a sizable patio (complete with bocce ball) for an authentic indoor/outdoor experience.
Next up, Son of A Gun. What else is there to say about super chef duo Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo? With a half dozen or so restaurants, this nautical themed, seafood-centric spot remains one of our LA favorites. Do not hesitate to order the chicken sandwich- it’s a must. And don’t forget the Kennebec fries served with malt vinegar aioli…life changing. Oh, and add an Enfante cocktail- not always on the menu, but always available.
Finally, there’s Chinatown favorite, Howlin’ Ray’s. With lines consistently hovering between 1.5-2.5 hours, it’s good practice to check their twitter account for real time updates. Howlin’ Ray’s keeps it old-school with a pared back menu full of classics that make you want to eat your way through the whole list. Chef Johnny trained under some of the worlds best chefs (Thomas Keller and Nobu to name a couple) before teaming up with his wife, Amanda, to bring Nashville Hot Chicken to Southern California.
Photo credits: Kindle Living, Crack Shack, Shawmut Design, Son of a Gun and Howlin’ Ray’s