Perhaps time for another roast/grilled chicken throw-down?
I'm seeing birds from at least the following:
Pollos ala Brasa (original, Western)
Pollo ala Brasa (imitators...)
Any number of Zankou imitators. . .
Whatever the place is in Brentwood that folks rave about. . .
Unfortunately, as a number of Hounds have observed, these birds lose a lot of charm if they spend a long haul in a "to go" bag, (the chicken equivalent of "wok chi") so, how this taste-off might be accomplished, sans helecopter or motorcycle messenger, isn't clear to me. . . .
I'm not sure there are "Zankou imitators." Granted, Zankou is the most popularized, but that style of roast chicken with garlic sauce has been common at several other Armenian/Lebanese places around LA for years.
That being said, The Sultan in the Downtown LA Jewelry district has been doing the same style for a while. My last chicken lunch seemed more moist there than a recent visit to Zankou Sunset.
311 W. 6th St.
St. Vincent's Alley nearby has a couple of interesting places that I haven't tried but very curious to hear about.
Geez, I'm a gettin' brain-weevils sin my dotage: I'd
(a) forgotten that Patty had actually run such a "taste-off" as recently as '04 (hi Pats!)
(b) absolutely intended to include Dino's in my list of contenders,
(c) intended to list what i considered to be "Zankou imitators" or "Zankou style places", including my recent discovery of the deli at Super King (hi SlowFoodie!) but drew a blank on names,
(d) forgotten TiGeorge's, (which i loved but chow-spouse was less crazy about) which i pass on my way home from work weekly (though he's often closed by then; out of chickens!)
So, any other contenders?
In addition to the one-time taste-off event, I'd be interested in impressions of the day-to-day chicken-to-chicken consistency of these places, which seems to be a HUGE issue for Zankou these days.
BTW, this post was prompted in part by Pollo Loco's apparently complete deletion of their "half-chicken w/ tortillas only" menu entry; their incessant menu expansion and side-order-pushing makes me nostalgic for their early days on Alvarado when their menu was:
(1) whole chicken OR
(2) half chicken
WITH (a) corn OR
(b) flour tortillas