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Reddi Chick vs. Whole Foods for Rotisserie Chicken

Wolfgang Aug 2, 2007 05:25 PM

I'd forgotten about Reddi Chick for years until I saw someone mention it here the other day. I usually get my rotisserie birds at WF. If you've had both, which do you like better?
Also, my work puts Pollo a la Brasa on my way home, so feel free to throw that in the mix.

Thanks in advance.

  1. goodhealthgourmet Aug 8, 2007 05:10 PM

    see today's 'food' section of the l.a. times...pollo a la brasa made the editorial hot list of great bargains...and the description of the chicken sounded so delicious i have to go try it now!

    1. DiveFan Aug 4, 2007 11:17 PM

      For us non-Westside centric viewers, here are some locations.
      Nearest Juan Pollo is 223 N. Mednik, East LA.
      Pollo A La Brasa is at 764 S. Western Ave., also in Gardena and Montebello. The aji may be proof that Peru has WOMD.

      Vicente Foods
      12027 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

      Reddi Chick BBQ
      225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA

      Dino's Chicken and Burgers
      2575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, USA

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      1. re: DiveFan
        Wolfgang Aug 6, 2007 09:40 AM

        Thanks for all of your suggestions and reviews.

        I ended up with a whole chicken from Pollo a la Brasa ($8.99). I made a Greek salad and brought both to the screening of Pee Wee's Big Adventure at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The chicken was outstanding--juicy and full of flavour. The combination was perfect.

        1. re: Wolfgang
          Servorg Aug 6, 2007 09:47 AM

          I hope you got a container of their aji sauce to slather onto the chicken? It is addictively delicious.

          1. re: Servorg
            Wolfgang Aug 6, 2007 09:52 AM

            There were 3 plastic ramekins with a green sauce in them. We never opened them, but I think I saved them.
            The chicken was so good as is that I didn't want to try a sauce and then have that dominate my palate.

            1. re: Wolfgang
              Servorg Aug 6, 2007 09:59 AM

              Sometimes a good dominatrix is just what your palate is looking for. Lick me up and lick me down...Peruvian aji sauce is the green elixir of the Incan gods.

            2. re: Servorg
              jimmyodonnell Aug 8, 2007 05:18 PM

              Pollo Ala Brasa absolutely first choice, and I love Reddi Chick although it's dry. I've never had carryout chicken from Whole Foods.

              Get the green sauce at Pollo AB and put as much of it as you can stand on everything on your plate. I often buy extra sauce and bring it home for other meals too.

              1. re: jimmyodonnell
                goodhealthgourmet Aug 8, 2007 08:45 PM

                will do :) i'm all about spicy!

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          Oh Robin Aug 4, 2007 09:35 PM

          For rotisserie it's all about Juan Pollo. See pictures...


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            yogachik Aug 3, 2007 05:41 PM

            Thanks to another thread (on garlic sauce), I went to Golden Chicken in Van Nuys today - and it beats every other rotisserie chicken in this conversation. I have posted here before about my loss of Green Olive and how it's left a void in my life, well, I found its replacement. Only problem is the 405.

            Golden Chicken
            15355 Sherman Way
            Van Nuys, CA 91406

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            1. re: yogachik
              goodhealthgourmet Aug 4, 2007 11:07 PM

              yogachik...i assume you're a fellow westsider? there's no need to get on the freeway...just take sepulveda over the hill and all the way to sherman! :)

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              klaatu Aug 3, 2007 12:21 PM


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              1. re: klaatu
                ozhead Aug 3, 2007 01:12 PM

                You're welcome.

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                debra Aug 3, 2007 10:17 AM

                Pollo a la Brasa absolutely. I've found Reddi Chick hit and miss over the years, but mostly dry and overcooked, which is a shame, because I want to like it. I've never had a bad bird from PalB, and their beans are smoky and flavorful. I don't know that I've ever had a bird from WF.

                Another fav on a whole other level, if you haven't tried it, is Dinos. Their 1/2 chicken plate is maybe 4.50. It's somewhat atomic orange in color, from its very tasty, spicy marinade. The marinade (and chicken grease) drip atop a mound of limp but addictive fries, roll it all up in a tortilla and it's delicious --since you're in the neighborhood. Dino's is on Pico, a couple of blocks west of Vermont.


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                1. re: debra
                  Foodandwine Aug 3, 2007 11:33 AM

                  Dinos is great.. however your fingers will be yellow/orange for the balance of the day. I had it and loved it. Go on a Saturday around mid day when there is a line up its best then.. you will see the smoke comming out of the roof!!

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                  sel Aug 3, 2007 09:13 AM

                  I stopped buying both Whole Foods and Ralphs Rotisserie Chickens years ago because they were always overcooked or had been sitting too long, they were always dried out. Like so many others I buy Costco Rotisserie Chickens which are always freshly cooked and moist. My favorite is Pollo a la Brasa on Western Ave. when I'm in that area, I like the oak flavor! Unlike some others here, I still like Zankou. Reddi Chick is usually good too. In Santa Clarita, Sam's Flaming Grill has good Rotisserie Chickens and I really like their Garlic Sauce!

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                  1. re: sel
                    lvgoodfood Aug 4, 2007 11:11 PM

                    I also prefer Costco, yes, always freshly cooked and very moist. If I can't make it to Costco I usually stop at Pavillions their second batch of the day is ready at around 4:00 o'clock, so I know they are fresh. I've been going to Sam's Flaming Grill for some time now, I really like their chicken, the hummus, the garlic sauce, and the rice, but last week when I stop after not been there for a couple of months, and I order what I always order, chicken plate to eat there, I was sadly disappointed, the chicken was extremely dry, the skin was extra crispy, my thought is that it wasn't fresh, and it was reheated using the deep fryer. I asked about this, but the lady didn't understood my question, so I let it go, dumped the chicken in the trash, really was not edible, and left. I should have known better, there was just one chicken in the rotisserie, and she brought mine form the back. I am looking for a similar place in town, any advice. I won't be back at Sam's Flaming Grill.

                    1. re: lvgoodfood
                      sel Aug 6, 2007 09:29 AM

                      Wow, that stinks (bad chicken at Sam's)! The only problem that I ever had there was some tired salad greens that came with the chicken plate once so I just get chicken, pita and garlic sauce. I have gone when they are out of rotisserie chicken which is ok for me because my lads like to get just pitas and garlic sauce, especially for an after school snack. From now on I will make sure that my chicken comes off of the rotisserie and not the kitchen in the back!

                      There is another similar place on Bouquet Cyn. Rd. that someone on this board likes but I haven't been yet and don't recall the name. Sorry.

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                        sel Aug 6, 2007 01:59 PM

                        Update- I just found a coupon for a place called Grill Kabob that I believe is the place whose name I couldn't recall but as I stated above, I haven't tried it yet. If anybody does, please report back:

                        Grill Kabob
                        27653 Bouquet Cyn. Rd. (in Albertson's Shopping Plaza)
                        Santa Clarita, CA

                        1. re: sel
                          lvgoodfood Aug 6, 2007 09:53 PM

                          Thanks for the info Sel, we have tried Grill Kabob on Bouquet, and we like it. They don't have rotisserie chicken, but the chicken and beef kabobs are actually very good, the side dishes are also good.

                      2. re: lvgoodfood
                        SIMIHOUND Aug 6, 2007 03:14 PM

                        I love Costco chicken but I stopped buying it after constantly seeing all the fat on the chicken and in the tray. It's just too much for me.

                        1. re: SIMIHOUND
                          mattesq Aug 12, 2007 08:56 AM

                          It's not like Costco adds fat to the chicken. That's the fat rendered from the chicken. Every whole chicken, assuming similar age, has the same amount of fat no matter where it comes from. When I get a Costco bird home the first thing I do is pull it out of the tray and set it on some paper towles. Well actually the first thing I do is pull of the wings and eat them. If you don't like the fat, pull of the skin. Handled.

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                      TracyS Aug 3, 2007 07:17 AM

                      Don't know if I just caught them on a bad day but the one and only time I tried Reddi Chick, it was dry and tasteless.

                      The supermarket birds are great, but my go-to for rotisserie chicken is California Chicken Cafe.

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                        RicRios Aug 2, 2007 06:53 PM

                        Whole Foods does a shameless job at exploiting their organic aura.
                        They've never EVER roasted organic birds.

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                        1. re: RicRios
                          klaatu Aug 3, 2007 12:23 PM

                          Unless it's an item you can't find anywhere else (of which they have quite a few), why would you buy anything at Whole Food$?

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                          yogachik Aug 2, 2007 06:28 PM

                          The Costco bird is to die for - Then Reddi Chick.

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                            mattesq Aug 2, 2007 07:14 PM

                            The Costco bird is awesome. Foster Farms big roasters and they turn them over quickly all day long. At $4.99 a bird!?! The best.

                            1. re: mattesq
                              Emme Aug 3, 2007 12:07 AM

                              Costco's Rotisserie rocks!!!

                              Ralph's ain't too bad neither!

                              1. re: Emme
                                ldesimone Aug 6, 2007 09:49 AM

                                Costco's Rotisserie is definalely the best

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                            maudies5 Aug 2, 2007 05:29 PM

                            1. Reddi Chick
                            2. Vicente Foods Deli
                            3. Whole Foods

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