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Zankou-style chicken in Bay Area?

I've never been to Zankou Chicken in Hollywood, but I've read about it online, in Saveur's recent Top 100, and had friends tell me it's the best chicken they've ever eaten. I don't think I'm going to make it down to Hollywood anytime soon. Does anyone know of a similar style of Armenian chicken here in the Bay Area?

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  1. Not familiar with this term - would you please describe what makes zankou chicken special?
    Thanks!

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    1. re: niki rothman

      The chicken at Zankou is fine, but what makes it special is the garlic spread they serve with it. Whenever I'm down in SoCal, I make sure to stop by Zankou Chicken. My husband and I have been lucky in getting a second serving of the garlic spread when we ask nicely! I could eat that stuff by itself :-)

    2. I am from LA and I miss Zankou and went to the one on Sepulveda in W. LA, I have not found anything like it here so far.

      Zankou chicken is rotisserie roasted to crisp perfection, great flavor and super tender. It comes with a garlic sauce that is butter like spreadable lot's of flavor without being overpowering. They offer lot's of Middle Eastern dishes that are fresh and tasty.

      You can buy a whole chicken with some other take out dishes and have food for a few meals.

      1. I think Good Frickin' Chicken is probably the closest to Zankou, but they don't have the garlic sauce . . .

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        1. re: farmersdaughter

          I like GFC!! a good alternative but still not the same, just different. Kankou is more Lebanese style food in general. The garlic sauce paired with the way the is chicken cooked makes it different.

          1. re: Lori SF

            I thought GFC was kinda dry. If we're talking rotisserie chix, my rule holds - I only eat in restaurants food that I cannot make as easily at home, and risking the intervention of the monitors for irrelevance, I'll put in a plug that should be on the cookware board: my Ron Popeil Compact "Showtime" Rotisserie (under $100) which you can pick up in a lot of retail stores makes the most perfect juicy/crispy skinnned chix you could ever dream of and it is so, so easy (just remember to tie up the food with cotton string really tight and oil the ends where it inserts). If you don't own one and love rotisserie chicken, run don't walk to buy one of these little wonders.

        2. does anyone remember the little middle eastern chicken place on piedmont ave about 8 yrs ago that had 'zankou' style chicken? i recall it being quite tasty, reasonably priced, but unfortunately not busy/pricey enough to survive there. it had that garlic spread too. it was something like ten bux for the bird, the spread, and a few pitas, and for a few dollars more you got a couple sides, like salad and hummus.
          i'm just hoping against hope that they moved rather than faded away.
          i agree GFC is decent, but its no zankou.

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          1. re: echo

            hello I do remember the Piedmont Ave place, 'Ike's' I think, good fresh carrot juice and reasonable, not oversalty food like wraps in flatbread. Its demise(don't think it resurfaced) was another step in the 'yupsterella-fication' (the musician Taj Mahal's nickname for Berserkley is 'yupsterella') of the street,with Jojo's, gregoire, cesar's,dopo in the trend, soon to be capped at the Pleasant Valley end with expensive condos. For decent wraps for $5-6 and good lunch specials incl. rice,raita, naan for $6.50 on the "Ave" at present, try the Indian hole-in-the-wall conjoining Kerry House. peace

            1. re: moto

              thanks moto
              good memory, i think ike's is right. purely academic at this point, but do you recall their chicken? zankouesque?
              i think it a great pity that we had a good chicken place, lost it, and still have no replacement nearly 10 yrs hence.

          2. I have yet to find anything like Zankou, to my regret.

            The Sepulveda location is a bit gritty, though, and its self serve, place your order at the counter style, just a FYI for BA hounds who make the trek South.