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3Mar/104

Battle of the Coqs: Eric Greenspan v. Ludo Lefebvre at The Foundry on Melrose

Anyone who wonders about the power of Twitter needs only to trace the roots of how this night came about.

- Ludo visits The Foundry last week, tweeting that Chef Eric Greenspan wasn't around and that "maybe" he should take over the kitchen.
- Eric responds by tweeting him to join him in the kitchen on Tuesday for Bluesy Tuesday at the Foundry for fried chicken night.
- Eric tweets out an APB for more deep fryers, with Akasha Richmond of Akasha Restaurant tweeting in for the rescue.

And as a result, diners had a chance to enjoy fried chicken prepared two ways a la Chef Ludo and Chef Eric.

Fried Chicken by Eric Greenspan at the Foundry on Melrose

The question you're asking yourself is: so which chef had the better fried chicken? The answer would be: tough to say. Our table of four was evenly split as to which chef fried the better chicken. Both have their styles, both were good and it really came down personal taste buds. Chef Ludo's crispy shell, seasoning, juicy innards popped when you bit into each nugget, whereas a bite of Chef Eric's fried chicken took you back home, where you were having a lazy Sunday afternoon picnic with a bucket of fried chicken. At the end though, the fact that my friends ranked both fried chickens in the Popeye's/Roscoe's echelon was a good sign. Two fun chefs, two pieces of fried chicken, tasty soulful sides, how could you go wrong?

Eric Greenspan's Fried Chicken at The Foundry on Melrose
Eric Greenspan's Fried Chicken - down home goodness

Ludo Lefebvre's Fried Chicken at The Foundry on Melrose
Ludo Lefebvre's Fried Chicken - uptown flavors

But since we couldn't subsist on fried chicken alone, although I could argue otherwise, and since we could not place more than one order per person, we took a stroll down the Bluesy Tuesday menu.

Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich at The Foundry on Melrose
Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This wasn't on the Bluesy Tuesday menu, but it did win top honors at the Grilled Cheese Festival. We had two more of these later in the evening. Tasty little buggers.

Collared Greens at The Foundry on Melrose
Collard Greens

Grits at The Foundry on Melrose
Grits

Fried Green Tomatoes at The Foundry on Melrose
Fried Green Tomatoes

Aside from the fried chicken, this was the most popular dish of the night at our table.

Creamed Corn at The Foundry on Melrose
Creamed Corn

Potato Soup at The Foundry on Melrose
Potato Soup

Another item from the main menu. With leek and bacon bread pudding sitting underneath the fried egg, it felt like I was eating a baked potato. My friends really enjoyed the leek and bacon bread pudding.

So who won? The diners did. It's great to see chefs harness the power of twitter, work together and create a night of fried chicken heaven. Hopefully this won't be the last time we see great chefs in LA working together on a fun night like Bluesy Tuesday.

Amazingly, on a night when most of the twitterverse was in the house, I managed to only run into @frenchchefwife, which means that maybe I'm back to being undercover...again.

The Foundry on Melrose
7465 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-0915

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  1. No winner declared? Weak! :P

  2. that’s it Goddammit. I’m eating fried chicken tonight

  3. I guess the real question is… were either better than KyoChon??

  4. great recap and photos..see ya at ludos!


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