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rameniac Aug 27, 2006 02:13 AM

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)...

  1. MEalcentric Aug 27, 2006 02:29 AM

    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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      ladius Aug 27, 2006 02:55 AM

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

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        TomSwift Aug 27, 2006 03:08 PM

        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.

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          WBGuy Aug 27, 2006 05:56 PM

          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....

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            PeterL Aug 27, 2006 07:53 PM

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

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              CarlieInLA Aug 28, 2006 07:29 PM

              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. bodie Aug 27, 2006 03:14 AM

              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.

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                TOgirl Aug 27, 2006 03:35 AM

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

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                  jjbelsky Aug 27, 2006 03:36 AM

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

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                    budlit Aug 27, 2006 02:55 PM

                    chick's in woodland hills on mulholland, great birds

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                      howard81 Aug 27, 2006 04:38 PM

                      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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                        jackattack Aug 30, 2006 01:40 AM

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

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                        Ernie Aug 27, 2006 04:43 PM

                        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.

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                          Pali Aug 27, 2006 06:24 PM

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

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                            Joe Aug 27, 2006 07:25 PM

                            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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                              cbee Aug 27, 2006 10:33 PM

                              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!

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                                Joe Aug 27, 2006 10:49 PM

                                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.

                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/313068?user_name=&query=zankou

                                Pics of wood burned chicken on a spit fire at Pollo A La Brasa.
                                http://www.mrkimsays.com/reviews/chic...

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                                  cbee Aug 28, 2006 05:03 PM

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

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                                PseudoNerd Aug 29, 2006 09:32 PM

                                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. Das Ubergeek Aug 27, 2006 09:02 PM

                                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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                                  Dorothy Aug 27, 2006 10:57 PM

                                  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.

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                                    westsidegal Aug 27, 2006 11:56 PM

                                    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. ipsedixit Aug 28, 2006 12:05 AM

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

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                                    Liquid Sky Aug 28, 2006 03:30 AM

                                    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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                                      judge dee Aug 28, 2006 03:49 AM

                                      The OP is interested in consistency in quality.

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                                        Liquid Sky Aug 28, 2006 03:59 AM

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

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                                      kproq323 Aug 28, 2006 05:16 AM

                                      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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                                        WestsideLisa Aug 28, 2006 04:29 PM

                                        Sounds like you're talking about Reddi Chick:

                                        Reddi Chick
                                        225 26th Street
                                        Santa Monica, CA

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                                          bobbyperu Aug 28, 2006 06:32 PM

                                          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

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                                          Neta Aug 28, 2006 04:23 PM

                                          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.

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                                            kerbear04 Aug 28, 2006 05:20 PM

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

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                                              at4 Aug 28, 2006 06:18 PM

                                              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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                                                carter Aug 29, 2006 04:21 AM

                                                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.

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                                                CNYinLA Aug 29, 2006 04:07 AM

                                                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!

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                                                  ostudio Aug 29, 2006 04:24 AM

                                                  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.

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