As soon as it seems that L.A. has reached peak fried chicken, we find a way of somehow cramming more battered poultry into our beaks. But with so many new places opening every second, which to choose? And what if I need to fill my belly with hot bird right this very second or else please let sweet death find me.
Enter Chicken2Me, an app that allows users to find the deep-fried chicken parts closest to them. You can also rate the meat’s overall quality on a 1 to 5 flame scale, and find out whether a restaurant’s crunchy bits are cheap or expensive, kosher, or offered via delivery.
The app was developed in London and apparently is THE way for Brits to procure their hot hens on the daily. The price symbols are even little cursive L’s for pounds, which is sort of adorable. Chicken2Me hasn’t officially launched here, which explains why the only fried chicken currently listed in Chinatown is Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken (!!!). They’re relying on local users to “spot” fried chicken via the app, so a little like Waze, it only works if you do your part. (Also a little like Waze, using it often will inevitably put your life at risk.)
We can all agree that this is completely unnecessary, but as someone who has embraced today’s On Demand culture to such a degree that I haven’t set foot in an actual store (let alone dry cleaner or god forbid post office) since 2014, I’m on board with a quick fried chicken locator. In fact, we should probably think about making specialized food locator apps for all sorts of stuff. Now that I mention it, how is the Poke Pinpointer app not already a thing? And who out there wants to help me develop it immediately?
For now Chicken2Me is only available for iPhone, with an Android version on the way.
Lesley Bargar Suter is the Food Editor at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @LesleyBS and Instagram. She wrote: The New York Times Review of LocoL Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Deeply Misguided