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Rotisserie Chicken in Boston!?

I am looking for a good rotisserie place in Boston. I came up from DC where we have Chicken Out, Boston Market, etc,etc. Not much up here in Boston proper... ??

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  1. Go to Artu on Charles Street, Beacon Hill or the other in the North End. It's an Italian restaurant, not a "rotisserie" place, but you can buy a whole or half chicken, to stay or go. Boston Market is for the strip mall.

    1. Thanks, I just looked Artu up and I'll definitely check it out. It is right by work. I have heard of a couple other good "gourmet" rotisserie places: Paris Gourmet, Ararat? Any thoughts on these? And then better yet, I have heard of some good underground Peruvian rotisserie places in Jamaica Plain? (DC has many Peruvian Rotisseries and they are awesome! ... I have really been drooling for them since I moved up. Anyone else?)

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      1. re: benson

        On Centre St. in JP, you might find some good chicken at Alex's Chimis and Yely's Cafe (spelling?) across from the Stop & Shop.

      2. I haven;t found Peruvian Rotisseries here like Zankou Chicken. Ararat is unfortunately gone. Artu is good for roasted meats in general but haven;t tried their chicken. One place on Route 9 at Hammond in the Chestnut Hill Strip Mall that's a bit better than Boston Market is la Rotisserie.

        1. Where in Boston proper?

          There used to be a number of store fronts in East Cambridge that offered rotisserie chicken (market on fulkerson, mayflower poultry), but I think all of them have ceased. Sunset Cafe serves a half chicken with a number of dishes and its tasty, so you could probably order just a chicken too.

          Last I knew Sweet Brasil Bakery on McGrath O'Brien was offering it, but I never tried it and they seem to have slid a bit on quality and also changed their offerings around -- worth a stop if you are nearby but not a specific trip. I thought there was one other place in Somerville, Aromatherapy might know.

          There are definately a couple of latino chicken places in the Lawrence area and there were a couple of options in East Boston Rosticerias Jalisco & Cancun.

          "Broasted" chicken seems to have caught on in the suburbs and I believe folks have reviewed a couple of places on the board. Branching beyond rotisserie, there also is Blue Ribbon BBQ and a host of places with roasted fowl in Chinatown, or the various super88s around. Rotisserie chicken seems to be waning around here, but there are plenty of other options.

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          1. re: itaunas

            You're probably thinking of the J&J (Portuguese) grilled chicken thread. Not the same but a nice takeout option, and you can sub (unexciting) veg for rice or fries. I wouldn't be surprised to see options on the south end of Broadway but I've been doing my hounding mostly at home lately, can't help ya. As so many have noted, no ubiquitous chicken shops--so look around whatever neighborhoods are convenient to you.

          2. That is interesting that you say rotisserie chicken seems to be waning around here because I had a feeling people were not generally interested, compared to other places. Ever since Boston Market's downfall years ago it doesn't seem like it was ever able to catch on again. Why do you think that is? I might have to just travel to DC every once in a while to get my fix! Thanks for all the suggestions.

            1. Reading your original post, I suppose it should be noted that if you are specifically craving Boston Market (an occasional semi-guilty pleasure of mine), there are still a few locations around town. Their website has a store locator.

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              1. re: finlero

                Costco's are better and cheaper. You do need to be a member though...

                1. re: Karl S

                  Most Whole Foods stores serve them as well--at least the ones in Cambridge do. Pretty good--always with crisp skin, and moist but well-cooked breast meat. Drumsticks and wings sometimes get a bit dried out.

                  1. re: aquariumtown

                    Costco's are significantly better and cheaper than WF's.

              2. East Boston is the place to go for real Peruvian "Pollo a la Brasa". There is a new place called Victor's (run by Peruvians who have taken over the former Victor's Italian restuarant) at 82 Bennington St. They had the special oven that you need to make it right shipped from Peru. I haven't tried their rotiserie chicken yet but I probably will this week and I'll let you know.

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                1. re: SusanaG

                  Do you think Victor's is better than Riconcito Limeno and Chalan? Other people seem to like those. I will try all of them out. Do you know of any other good places even outside of Boston to get some real Peruvian "Pollo a la Brasa"?

                2. had peruvian rostisserie chicken on sunday in eastie at Rincon Limeno. better than chalan two doors down imho.

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                  1. re: eLizard

                    What kind of spicing/herbs do they use? Do they also use fresh lime juice & chilles like they do with some of their seafood?

                  2. Benson if you don't mind driving a bit or hoping on the T, try La Rotisserie on Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill. Great stuff, not stuffy, not too expensive.

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                    1. re: thegolferbitch

                      There is a La Rotisserie on Beacon too? I only know of the one on Boylston (Rt. 9) at Hammond Pond Pkwy in the shopping center. Might as well stop by Rosie's next door for baked goods too.

                      1. re: thegolferbitch

                        There is a La Rotisserie in the Prudential Center as well. I believe it's the same thing, even though it recently sported a sign that said "Poulet" (the French word for Chicken).

                        If it's in one mall, it should be in many other malls in the area.

                        I tried the La Rotisserie chicken once. Moist with a good texture and well cooked, but it seemed pretty tasteless.

                        1. re: kbw18

                          What is this Poulet place I have heard of it (not if it is good or not though) but their web site is strange.

                          1. re: benson

                            When La Rotisserie changed their sign to Poulet, the food kiosk itself did not change noticably. It's still based around a rotisserie oven with chafing dishes in the front. Basic rotisserie chicken and sides.

                            I don't know how it comparies with the La Rotisserie kiosk that was previously there.

                      2. I think thegolferbitch might have mis-typed "Beacon" when she meant "Boylston," because the La Rotisserie on Boylston/Rt. 9 *is* in Chestnut Hill, as she said. Regardless, I third the recommendation, and if you're ever in the mood for a sandwich instead of a whole, half or quarter chicken, their chicken salad is Zen simple and just dead perfect.

                        1. I would give a huge thumbs up for Chalan in East Boston. Whe i was there last they had to find a young kid in back to help me order...everyone else was Hispanic!

                          The chicken is delicious and I believe is charcoal grilled which imparts a different flavor.

                          The place next door, Riconcito Limeno, is also VERY good but I have only had their sea food dishes which I highly recommend. Chalan seemed to specialize in chicken.

                          Want to try that new place that someone mentioned earlier.

                          1. Rotisserie chickens are available at almost every grocery store in town: Shaws, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Stop and Shop, etc.

                            1. Cafe Cabana on Middlesex in Malden is now doing rotisserie chicken (its a newish Brazilian bakery/cafe), in the same strip mall plaza as Bambino's. Their food seems pretty decent, although I cannot speak to the chicken itself yet.

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                              1. re: itaunas

                                The rotisserie Chicken at Russo's in Watertown is very good. The last time i had one it was moist and well seasoned and smelled so good I could hardly get it home. Not in Boston, but worth a drive to stock up on produce and bring dinner home from their prepared food counter. And oh yeah -- it's a really good deal. A whole chicken and 2 sides is something like $12- ???