Zelma Stennis, who found success with the Chicken Roost in her native Detroit, debuted Golden Bird in Los Angeles in 1953 and built her concept into a fried chicken powerhouse. The remaining three branches of a long-proud chain are still best known for fried chicken, which features thick, golden batter alongside house-made sides. However, at the Manchester Square location, where “It’s All About the Flava,” their soda collection is even more exciting, color coordinated and organized by variety, with bottles costing either $2.29 or $3.
If you’d like to drink a dozen different ginger ales with your chicken, Golden Bird can make that happen, whether it’s from Bruce Cost, Sprecher, or Vernors, an old favorite. Shelves also stock a bevy of root beers, colas, citrus sodas, or offbeat options like strawberry. This isn’t Galco’s, and some of the labels are faded, so you might find a soda that’s a little less carbonated than optimum, but still, this is the best place to get a soda fix in South L.A.