Howlin' Ray's

Chicken in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

It's hard to overstate the phenomenon that is Howlin' Ray's. Customers gladly queue for 2 hours or more –check Twitter for current wait times – at this noisy take-out counter with a smattering seats and many picnic tables. The reward: Nashville-style fried chicken, spiced from country (mild) to howlin' ('can't touch this!').

Get your chicken with bread and pickles in a 'sando' (sandwich) or try the longstanding LA tradition of chicken and waffles. 'Skinny Jimmy'–style fried chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breast) feels almost healthy. Down-home side dishes include collard greens, vinegar slaw and peach tea.