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CONSISTENT rotisserie-type chicken?

we all know zankou. either you love it or hate it. but honestly, i think the quality varies. sometimes i've had perfectly juicy fowl there, other times it's been dry as a bone. same with chicken at koo koo roo, el pollo loco, and pretty much everywhere else that serves bird on a stick. so is it possible that rotisserie places are necessarily inconsistent? anyone know a good one in L.A. that is consistently juicy and awesome? (and don't say california chicken cafe - that place is ok once in a while but overall their food is kinda bland to me)...

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  1. Man, I hate to say it but Costco puts it down on rotisserie birds. I usually grab one and one of their La Brea baguettes and make a sandwich from that.

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    1. re: MEalcentric

      oh yeah, dem costco birds are good! and pretty much consistent, yes. i used to tear them up and put them in salads.

      1. re: MEalcentric

        Those Costco birds are a great bargain and are really delicious to boot. They suffer from the universal "store roasted chicken" curse, of course, which is that they are packaged with plastic wrap. This means that the bird contines to steam while sitting there, yielding flacid skin. My solution is to wait until they bring out a fresh batch of chickens and then to puncture the wrap all over so the steam escapes - a perfectly crispy (well, better, anyway) skin and since I never eat the meat hot it's a good solution.

        1. re: MEalcentric

          Another vote for Costco chicken. Take it home, open a nice bottle of Burgundy, and enjoy. The drive home with the aroma of the bird sitting in the passenger seat is almost unbearable. Must resist reaching for the drumstick....

          1. re: MEalcentric

            Second on Costco. Little too salty for me, but definitely consistent.

            1. re: MEalcentric

              we LOVe the costco chicken, its a staple at our house as you can do so many different things with it and the price cannot be beat.

            2. Gelson's roasted chicken is good. It is a tad costly to buy a portion of chicken but the whole, roasted bird seems like it is priced fairly.

              1. Spin Rotisserie Chicken at Lincoln and Washington in Venice/MDR is quite good.

                1. Sevan chicken in Tujunga is similar to Zankou but better. That might be a bit out of your way though.

                  1. chick's in woodland hills on mulholland, great birds

                    1. I go to Boston Market at least once a week for their yummy roast chicken. It's always moist and tender ... really good. The sides are good too! Give it a try!

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                      1. re: howard81

                        Boston Market used to suck, I give them credit...they really improved a lot.

                      2. The 2 Banderas (WLA and Corona Del Mar) do excellent rotisserie chicken. I think Houston's also has it, but its not as good because they don't do it over an open wood flame like the Banderas.

                        1. I love the birds at Whole Foods. Especially the Thai garlic roasted ones. Ummmm.

                          1. If you're searching for something unique and consitent in flavor, then you must try Pollo A La Brasa on 8th and Western. Now that’s original and flavorful chicken. Don't dismiss the quality by the location or it's curb appeal. You will love the chicken!

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                            1. re: Joe

                              Is Pollo A La Brasa that little Peruvian place where they have the chickens on a spit? Is it where there is a fork in the road? I've been looking for that place foreever! The chicken is the best!

                              1. re: cbee

                                Yes, it's just north of some car wash, on the east side of Western. Here's a thread from a little bit ago discussing chicken, mainly Zankou but you'll get the gist.


                                Pics of wood burned chicken on a spit fire at Pollo A La Brasa.

                                1. re: Joe

                                  It IS the place!!!! Thanks so much. Can't wait to have it again!

                              2. re: Joe

                                But make sure to go during peak meal hours for good turnover; I like weekday evenings around 6-8. The chicken might be dried-out otherwise.

                              3. Costco's are really good (and what a great idea for the puncturing -- I'll have to remember that!); we get consistently great chicken from Super Pollo, on Van Nuys near Victory (next to the La Opinion office).

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                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                  My office did a taco bar for a fundraiser and used shredded Costco chicken for the meat. They put it in a crockpot on low to keep it warm. It was great.

                                  1. re: Dorothy

                                    one of the dishes i served on the buffet i put together for my daughter's bat mitzvah was costco chicken. i carved up several of the chickens and arranged the meat on a platter with plenty of garnish. everyone loved them.

                                    i was able to get the freshly-roasted chickens a half hour before people walked in the door. they were juicy and succulent.

                                2. MELISSE ... but then it better be good at $42/person!

                                  1. I disagree about WHOLE FOODS' chicken. Once I had it, and it was great. Another time it was undercooked and gross. (This is the one on Farifax and Santa Monica Boulevard.)

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                                    1. re: Liquid Sky

                                      The OP is interested in consistency in quality.

                                      1. re: judge dee

                                        DEE: I understand that. Someone had mentioned earlier that Whole Foods was good, and I disagreed about their consistency.

                                    2. Actually in Brentwood at the Country Mart (corner of San Vicente & 26th) there is a chicken rotisserie place that is still run by the original family. Forgot the name of it, but if you walk in you will smell the juices. One of the most flavorful and succulent birds I have ever come across. The skin is the best part. Oh... and don't forget the potato wedges. Great to eat right at the picnic benches there.

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                                      1. re: kproq323

                                        Sounds like you're talking about Reddi Chick:

                                        Reddi Chick
                                        225 26th Street
                                        Santa Monica, CA

                                        1. re: kproq323

                                          That place has been turning out consistantly good chicken for over 15 years - now that I'm on the east side of town, I never geto over there, but it used to be a once a week affair of mine

                                        2. I agree with the Costco recommendation. El Pollo Inka (So. Bay area) is excellent and also Juan Pollo (east of L.A. area.) I found them all to be consistent.

                                          1. I agree with Costco for a cheaply priced bird. Excellently seasoned and can be used a million ways!

                                            1. I think Kosher Club makes the best ones. You usually have to order them in advance, but often they have extra ones. Crisp skin, perfectly done, tender, juicy, and most of all, TASTY. Because I think Costco birds taste like plastic.
                                              KClub is on Pico and Tremaine...might as well drive 3 minutes to Maison du Pain for a baguette, and you're halfway done with dinner.

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                                              1. re: at4

                                                Then I will eat your plastic, because my Costco chicken tonight tasted exactly like a chicken should taste, with maybe a tad too much salt, but at $4.99+$.41 tax or $5.40 out the door in less than 10 minutes, just off the roti, I could not and should not expect any better. All the chicken specialty places tend to suck by comparison.
                                                But since I am not proximate to Pico and Tremaine, I will have to wait to try your preference.

                                              2. Another vote for Costco's 4.99 bargain bird!

                                                The quality doesn't seem to vary too much at the same store but I've noticed every store tends to taste slightly different. Inglewood Costco seems to taste a bit saltier then MDR Costco for example...

                                                I have gotten into the habit of picking one up everytime I go. If I don't eat it as-is for dinner that night I pick the meat off and use it in pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches and soups. Just stick it in a airtight ziplock bag in the fridge and its good for the week!--that is if it lasts that long since I usually end up munching on it after I get home from work.

                                                Thanks to my large-headed gal Giada DiLaurentiis for the idea to do this!

                                                1. another vote for reddi-chick! eating outside near the firepit is a great l.a. experience...plus for desert you can go over to the City Cafe.