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We’re not here to hide our love of California Chicken Cafe. We’re here to share it. Because with its Hollywood Forever-adjacent location, this spot’s fresh chicken-centric wraps, salads, plates, and sides make for an ideal picnic situation. Don’t miss out on the broccoli pasta salad (and don’t pretend you’re not excited that it involves ranch dressing).


Original Article

The 10 Best Big Salads in Los Angeles

The sheer circumference and depth of California Chicken Café’s salad bowls really tell the whole story. California Chicken Café has outright owned the big-salad game for more than 20 years. While at its core it’s a rotisserie chicken quick-serve, its California chicken salad reigns as one of the biggest, heartiest, most satisfying salads in the city. This stack of fresh lettuce, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, tomato and avocado, tossed with pita croutons, fusilli pasta and white meat chicken, should be ordered with a to-go box. Served with fresh, warm whole-wheat pita on the side, it’s the big salad all big salads wish they could be. 

Original LA Weekly Coverage

Best Vegetarian Fast Food at a Chicken Place

Just an aside: Did you ever notice that even holier-than-thou vegetarians still sport leather bags and shoes—as if “wearing” animals doesn’t count? Hypocriticality aside, when you skip the footed foods at California Chicken Café, you should feel positively virtuous dining on any of the chain’s incredibly healthy and dirt-cheap veggie delights. While your carnivore cowhide-wearing chums feast on what’s just the best rotisserie chicken around, you can honor your animal-free commitment by wearing cruelty-free canvas and chowing down on the 100-percent vegan broccoli or veggie soup, along with vegetarian sides such as fruit salad, squash, mashed potatoes (sans gravy), roasted potatoes, broccoli pasta salad, veggie rice primavera and Chinese cabbage salad — all prepared without oils, mayo or butter. Prices range from $2.75 to $8.50 for half-pints, pints and quarts. Check Web site for more locations.

—Heidi Dvorak


Original LA Weekly Coverage

Best Chinese Chicken Salad in Los Angeles

Here the Chinese Chicken Salad is an ol’ reliable, and is served up in a portion big enough for two to share, or can be ordered up in a wrap. Their tried-and-true version is made with lettuce with white meat chicken, almonds, Chinese noodles, plain pasta, green onions, Mandarin oranges, and carrots, tossed in what they call Chinese dressing.

Original LAist Coverage

2013 Zagat Survey

“Juicy chicken hot off the rotisserie” is key to this “remarkably consistent” American chain offering a “healthy fast-food alternative” with a “bargain” menu of “extra-large, fresh” salads (Chinese chicken “lives up to the hype”), wraps and veggie sides; the “plain” surroundings become a “zoo” at “peak times”, but at least the “efficient” counter staff gets you in and out “quickly.”

2012 Zagat Survey

No, “it’s not Spago”, but this “healthy” “fast-food” chain is cherished by many for its “moist, fall-apart tender” rotisserie chicken offering “good cluck for the buck”. “Quick” service that’s “perfect for takeout.”

2011 Zagat Survey

“There must be “Prozac in the chicken” at this “healthy” “fast-food alternative” chain, because its “quick”, “satisfying”, “fresh-off-the-spit” rotisserie birds – plus “standout” wraps and “generously portioned” salads – have surveyors seriously “happy”; factor in “really affordable prices”, and no wonder its “cafeteria”-like setups are “jammed” and “noisy” at lunchtime, with “blue and white collars” dining “elbow to elbow”; P.S. closed on Sunday, except for the Venice location.”

2010 Zagat Survey

“Kenny Rogers ain’t got nothing on them” boast boosters of this rotisserie mini-chain “cranking out” “flavorful” chicken, “massive” salads and other “reasonably healthy” eats like whole-wheat wraps in bright, “cafeteria”-like settings; “economical” pricing increases the appeal, and “lazy” Angelenos insist it’s a “no-brainer” for the “midweek” “I-don’t-want-to-cook kind of night.”

2009 Zagat Survey

Devotees of this “healthy” “fast-food” chain cluck over the “succulent”, “crisp” rotisserie chicken that’s “light on the waist” but “fills the belly” without “depleting the wallet”; its “fresh”, “quick” salads and sides also satisfy vegetarians, but be warned that it can be a “mad house at lunch”; P.S. lots of “pumped-up”, “post-workout Gold’s Gym” hardbodies make the Venice branch extra buff.

2008 Zagat Survey

“We call it “Chinese Chicken Cafe” after its signature salad – “tangy” with “tender” and “crispy” rotisserie-cooked meat – crow customers of this “bargain” American chain that also serves up “fresh”, “fantastic wraps” for a “packed” crowd of “fit people” ordering from the “efficient” counter; most maintain it’s “fast-food heaven.”