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rotisserie chicken-in Philly?

gastro19144 Dec 4, 2007 01:53 PM

I just moved down to philly from brooklyn. One of my favorite brooklyn meals on a cold winter night is rotisserie chicken served with rice and beans. I would love to find someplace to pick one up on my way home (germantown) from work (KofP). Any suggestions other than Boston Market or the supermarket? Thx!

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    jessicheese Dec 4, 2007 06:17 PM

    Diener's chicken in the reading terminal makes an awesome rotisserie chicken. You can buy them whole or pieces by the pound. You can find them behind the Dutch Eating Place, open Wednesday- Saturday (and maybe Sunday).

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    1. re: jessicheese
      brightman Dec 5, 2007 11:16 AM

      Dienner's is an Amish vendor; never open on Sunday. RTM is pretty inconvenient with regard to the OP's commute.

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      Bashful3 Dec 5, 2007 11:22 AM

      WEll, it isn't rotisserie chicken, but i find the fried chicken from Popeye's, whether spicy or mild, along with great rice and beans to be the best fast food around. Problem is locating Popeyes still in business.

      Can anyone tell me, as well as gastro, where they could be found?

      I just found one on the N. J Turnpike Reststop, soon after one gets on it from Route 73, going North. My sinful place for a quickie lunch away from home... It's too tasty to worry about whether or not it's good for you.

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      1. re: Bashful3
        Philly Ray Dec 5, 2007 12:03 PM

        There's a Popeye's in the Gallery (near the Market East Station) and one on Broad Street near Snyder Avenue.

        I agree with you...it's one of my guilty pleasures too!!

        1. re: Philly Ray
          lbmsw Dec 5, 2007 04:20 PM

          There's also one on Broad near Catherine

        2. re: Bashful3
          brightman Dec 5, 2007 03:29 PM

          There is a Popeye's on Rt 13 in New Castle DE, also a Crown Fried Chicken and NY Fried Chicken, all within a mile of each other.

          1. re: Bashful3
            mschow Dec 5, 2007 05:36 PM

            Popeyes in Lawnside, NJ, about a block away from a Church's Fried Chicken., on Route 30, Also a Popeyes on Route 130 in Pennsauken and one in Willingboro on 130. Personally, I think Church's chicken is better. It is a guilty pleasure!
            I think there is a Dutch Market in Flourtown that also sells the Amish chickens. Gastro, you should check and see if there is a farmers market local to your neighborhood. I seem to remember there was one in Germantown, and believe there is a new one in East Falls on Henry Ave. The Amish chickens are worth seeking out as they are absolutely delicious, and worth the hunt.
            BTW: Costco actually makes a decent roast chicken. I think there is a Costco in the KOP area. The chicken is around $5.

            1. re: mschow
              alonna Smith Dec 7, 2007 12:26 PM

              What Dutch place in Flourtown? In the Flourtown Farmers Market?

            2. re: Bashful3
              GBak504 Dec 7, 2007 01:00 PM

              There is a Popeye's in Broomall just off of Lawrence Rd and Reed, behind the shopping center. FYI..not sure if worht the trip depending on where you're headed to/from..

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              gastro19144 Dec 5, 2007 05:41 PM

              thanks for everyones reply. i'll definately check out the amish place in reading terminal one day even though it is a little out of the way. the amish place sounds closer to what i am looking for.
              i have to admit, i am a little disappointed with the suggestion of Popeyes fried chicken. maybe i should be more specific-i do love fried chicken but it is definately not the same thing.
              rotissierie is moister, juicier, golden and definately much more healthy. the places in brooklyn where i would find these delectable birds where usually puerto rican, peruvian and/or chilean/latin american restaurants. the food was dirt cheap, flavorful + homemade.
              i am definately not looking for a fried food from a chain restaurant.

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              1. re: gastro19144
                Philly Ray Dec 5, 2007 05:54 PM

                Bashful never said that Popeye's was the same as rotisserie and you never said that you were looking for "Spanish" style rotisserie chicken.

                But anyway, if that is what you are after, try El Balconcito in NE Philly (see link). I'm not sure if Tierra Colombiana does rotisserie, but I'm sure that someone else can recommend other places in Philly's "barrio". That area is a little out of the way from your commute, but that's probably the best place to find what you are looking for.


                1. re: gastro19144
                  mschow Dec 5, 2007 08:12 PM

                  The Amish chickens that I refer to above (and other do as well) are delicious rotisserie chickens, not fried. I think the thread went a little off when someone mentioned good fried chicken. The Amish place I regularly go to has what I consider are the best rotisserie chicken I have had, but it is too out of the way for you. I mentioned the Costco chicken (rotisserie) above, and you will see someone else mentioned how good it is. Not nearly as wonderful as the Amish place I go to, but you can get rotisserie chickens every day of the week at Costco, where as the Amish places are usually only open a few days per week.

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                  sylviag Dec 5, 2007 06:33 PM

                  If you have a friend who is a member of Costco, go as a guest - they have absolutely the best rotisserie chickens I have ever tasted. They sell millions of them every year. The white meat is moist and delicious, they are plump and provide at least a couple of meals - in fact, they are unbelievable. And they cost about $5.00.

                  1. OlderPhiladelphian Dec 5, 2007 07:58 PM

                    There is a HUGE difference between rotisserie chicken and fried chicken! It is akin to my asking about Prime Rib and everyone suggesting a cheese steak sandwich. It is a shame that your commute prevents you from coming into center city to either go to Reading Terminal or my favorite rotisserie chicken at DiBruno (it is very expensive at 10 bucks, but worth it).

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                      phillyjazz Dec 6, 2007 05:29 AM

                      Try Sol De Peru in Upper Darby near 69th street terminal !!! Incredible !! Also, there is a Popeye's at the nearby Movie Theatre food court if you are still hungry.

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                        productionjon Dec 6, 2007 02:45 PM

                        not exactly on the way home, but I believe Diener's or someone just like them operates a rotisserie at the Farmers Market in Wayne/Strafford

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                        1. re: productionjon
                          xtownj Oct 15, 2008 01:26 PM

                          The Farmers market in Wayne has two place. I prefer Rittenhouse Farms which is to the left when you enter. Its worth the trip from KOP for lunch. Also try their rotisserie carrots and sweet potatoes. The place in the back corner has longer lines but the meat can be really dry.

                          The hours are not the best: Wed, Fri, Sat 6-4

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                          Bashful3 Dec 7, 2007 10:42 AM

                          I apologize, gastro, for switching gears from rotisserie chicken to fried chicken. I so identified with the rice and beans that they do serve at Popeye's. Now, from reading the rest of the thread I learned where one can get excellent Spanish/Cuban style rotisserie chix, also with the red beans and rice. Thanks for your post!

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                            the dog ate my homework Dec 7, 2007 10:50 AM

                            The Great American Pub in downtown Wayne has a great chicken. The place added on to its location within the past year and now offers poulet roti .. plus brick oven pizza.

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                              dream_of_giusti Dec 7, 2007 12:18 PM

                              Not on your way home but a great place to know about, Spanish Island located at Harbison and Roosevelt Blvd. This is what you've been looking for. They do an excellent rotiseree chicken along with rice, beans, pastellios, rellenos, etc. I think I make a better rice and beans at home but the Chicken alone is worth the trip. Moist and flavorful with a crisp skin. If you have a hankering for good Puerto Rican takeout not too far away (5th & Rising Sun) is Porky's Point. They have great roast pork sandwiches, alcapurrias, benil, pastellios, etc. Both restaurants provide a great meal for two or three under $10.

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                              artgary Dec 8, 2007 04:35 PM

                              Freddy and Tony's at Second and Allegheny has great chickens which you can buy whole, quartered, or halved.

                              I believe the owners are Puerto Rican. So, they cook the type of chicken you are looking for.

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                                hungry100 Dec 10, 2007 08:29 AM

                                Chef Ken on Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy has a nice roast chicken. Also, Cosmic Caterer at the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, although they are only open Thurs - Sat. You might think about investing in a rotisserie for your home. They're not cheap (but my girlfriend found a great used on at a thrift store), and they make outstanding chicken.

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                                1. re: hungry100
                                  fan4food Dec 30, 2007 08:08 PM

                                  I agree with Tony and Freddy (2nd and Alleghany). Good chicken, rice, beans.

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                                  mooshka Jan 1, 2008 08:46 AM

                                  There must be a good chicken place at the Chestnut Hill Farmer's Market. It is open on weekends, located just off Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill.

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                                    MistressSandra Oct 14, 2008 10:16 AM

                                    Although it doesn't have Latin flavor I have to second Diener's in Reading Terminal. I went there following this recommendation and it was terrific chicken. Those ovens have fire the likes of which you don't see too much. Beautiful. Today we're going to get a couple of chickens from Dieners and a smoked pork butt from DiNicky's for our office lunch today. Awesome.

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