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Review: Corky’s Kitchen has the best fried chicken in Orange County

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Corkys Kitchen has the best fried chicken in Orange County

When people think of great fried chicken, they normally think of a chicken restaurant. Perhaps they prefer a chain like Popeye’s or Church’s. Maybe they go with a local flavor; here in Orange County there’s the Chicken Coop that often gets people going. What most don’t know is that the absolute best fried chicken in the area actually belongs to a bakery.

Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery has the best fried chicken I’ve tried this side of Mississippi. Yes, I’ve had better at places like Watershed on Peachtree in Atlanta and Beasley’s Chicken in Raleigh, but the west coast isn’t known for good southern fried chicken. That’s why Corky’s shines.

Be sure to call ahead, though. They don’t always serve it and it takes an hour to cook. I learned that lesson the hard way.

Corky’s is open 24-hours, which is unfortunate because I live close and often have late night cravings. Their all-day breakfast menu draws my attention when I’m not in the mood for chicken. Theirs is one of the best chicken fried steaks I’ve had outside of Oklahoma (where everyone seems to have the best chicken fried steak in the land).

My kids love to go for the pies. I’m not a pie guy, but judging by their reactions Corky’s baking prowess is clear.

My one complaint: the gravy for the biscuits and gravy doesn’t have anything in it. I know I’m nitpicking but it wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t point out at least one flaw. It’s white gravy. No sausage, barely any spices, and you have to add salt and pepper to make it work. Not a huge deal, but worth noting.

They call themselves a homestyle kitchen. In Southern California, that’s hard to find. Corky’s is the place to go for chicken or breakfast at any hour, day or night.

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