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Howlin' Ray's Pasadena

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800 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena
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Admittedly, we weren’t rushing to try the new Howlin’ Ray’s. There’s just way too much hot chicken in these streets as it is. But considering they're the original hot chicken torchbearer in LA, we decided to brave the crowds at their spacious new sit-down location in Pasadena. What we found was a surprisingly pleasant upgrade from their takeout-only spot in Chinatown: parking is a breeze with a huge lot around back, the upbeat staff (who can text you updated wait times) keeps the line moving quickly, and there’s a beer and wine menu that, combined with a blasting hip-hop playlist, make this a prime location for day drinking. As for the hot chicken? It’s as juicy and crispy (and spicy) as ever. Even if you end up standing in line for a bit, this place is worth planning your afternoon around.

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