I have been visiting the Brentwood Country Mart in West L.A. since I was a kid in the 1970′s. Now that I have kids, I enjoy taking them back to visit, eating outside on picnic tables and star gazing (Hollywood Stars not celestial ones).
I have my favorite places, including Barney’s from the Bay Area for their burgers, and Frida’s mostly because I like the one in Beverly Hills so much. Now that I live out of town, I rarely get past one or the other to try anything else. In fact, it took the early closing of every other old standby in the place to get me to try Reddi-Chick, a roasted chicken and fried food place that serves ‘em up old school cafeteria style and has been doing a brisk business for years.
Reddi-Chick does not sell on its decor, or service but on its tasty chicken eaten around a central (fenced in for safety) fireplace.
I expected juicy, tender chicken and the bite I smuggled away from Mrs. P Chef was all that but I did not expect East Coast fried seafood (clam strips & scallops) just like you can get at the Jersey Shore. I’m not talking about the high end stuff like Day Boat Scallops seared just so, but about the clam shack stuff on the boardwalk across from the Atlantic, which also has it’s appeal.
The thing I really liked besides the boardwalk taste and the board walk feel of sitting on wooden picnic benches was the pricing. The clams were $5.37 and the scallops were $7.64 for a decent sized order in one of West L.A.’s toniest neighborhoods. It also did not hurt that we were in line behind Dennis Quaid of The Rookie and other wonderful movies on Christmas Eve, with the place almost to ourselves.
When we return, if my chick, Mrs. P Chef, suggests eating here again, I’ll be Reddi; even if it means missing out on Barney’s or Frida’s.