If you were at FYF Fest this year you likely noticed that the food options were the best they’ve ever been at the L.A. based music festival. Thanks to Nic Adler and Goldenvoice a handful of well known L.A. restaurants (like Dune, Top Round, Donut Friend and Free Range LA) set up alongside music festival mainstays (like Spicy Pie, arepas, corn dogs and crab fries). But one fried chicken vendor I stumbled upon that weekend was neither of those things. They were set up in the shadows of the L.A. Colisseum, at the very very end of a long line of nameless stands selling random stuff like aguas frescas and meat on a stick. The makeshift booth looked like it could have been dropped in from a church fund raiser, but they had boxes with logos on them that seemed to indicate a real business. Their name? Krispy Krunchy Chicken.
To say I was intrigued would be a severe understatement. The whole thing felt like a Los Pollos Hermanos situation. That thing where you see a fast food brand that looks so real, so good, it has to be an actual thing- but not understanding why you’ve never heard of it before. I found out from the guy in charge of the booth that it was a franchise of a fried chicken company you see all over the south (mostly in gas stations.) I asked so many questions he accused me of being a narc from the corporate office checking up on them. That sounds like the best job ever.