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Oct 12, 2006 03:37 PM

People who are familiar with S. Cal and now are in N. Cal please respond to this Armenian chicken post

I am in the Lake Merritt area until the 24th (I bet you are all sick of hearing this disclaimer. Feel like I am on or something)

For those of you familiar with S. Cal, we have a chowhound approved institution called Zankou Chicken. Its Armenian chicken that is rotisseried and served with a garlic sauce. 1/2 a chicken with pita and those pink pickles runs under $5.00. You order at a counter and sit down.

Is there anything like this in the Oakland/Merritt area? Want the same type of thing (very casual...not a sit down take your order restaurant)

PS. Observation: Asian food seems to be a lot better in S. Cal along with Mexican Food. People are a lot nicer in N Cal than in S Cal. I cant believe all the people that stop for you when you are walking and let you by and the people that let you by in cars when you are driving. its really wierd! However, the beautiful babies in Newport Beach still can not be beat! And before all the girls say "but those are fake" I will give you the answer all guys feel "So what" ;)

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Agreed. I've been to Zankou (at this boards suggestion)when I was down in LA. There is no equilivant in the Bay Area that I know of.

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      1. This has been discussed often -- many of us SoCal transplants (I lived there 18 years) dearly miss Zankou. Nothing close, I'm sorry to say either in the city or East Bay.

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        1. re: Carrie 218

          The closest thing currently is probably Goood Frikin' Chicken but it probably won't satisfy your craving.

        2. There used to be a place on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland called Ike's that specialized in this. It's been gone for several years and I still mourn its passing.

          1. Yep, Aram's Rotisserie in Petaluma closed in March. Aram's Cafe, the original downtown makes the lamb shwarma several days a week, but haven't seen any mention that the chicken and garlic sauce is being revived. We can only hope.