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Jan 25, 2008 01:17 PM

Oinkster chicken: move over, EPL!

Lord help me, I have a new favorite rotisserie chicken. Even the sadly overcooked Belgian fries could not dampen my enthusiasm for this succulent and luscious little bird. Granted, the chicken (unlike the fries) had just come off the roaster, and I would insist on getting one from the most recent batch, but the just-aggressive-enough seasoning and the meltingly tender meat would probably taste really good right out of the refrigerator the next day. I got a dark-meat 1/4 chicken with the fries, aioli and red slaw, that last being a darned good dish itself. Me and honey/mustard don't usually get along, but the sweetness here was subtle and the mustard quite fresh and nose-tingling. All very good. All of that and no drink (doing lots of water these days) for $5.13, with tax. Oh, and the whole chickens are cheaper than El Pollo Loco's, too. I know where I'm getting my next takeout bird.

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  1. Agree, just fantastic chicken. Can't concur with you on the fries though, and most complain that they are undercooked, if anything. When they are on, they are some of the best I've ever had. Just my opinion, but then that's whose opinion matters most to me. ;)

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    1. re: PommeDeGuerre

      The fries are usually perfect. These were not. I suspect this was the fault of whoever prepared my plate, as my order appeared to be the tag ends of a batch, rather than being fresh out of the basket. I do not consider this to have been truly representative of either Oinkster or their fries...

    2. Thanks for the tip. I love rotisserie chicken. Is this the crispy skin type? If so, I am so there.

      1. How does it compare with Zankou?

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        1. re: hpcat

          Good question... I really enjoy Zankou as well. My question would be how does it compare in flavor to Zankou (type of flavor... not better or worse). Would love to have an alternative to Zankou at times... even though the garlic paste at Zankou is like crack to me.

          1. re: hpcat

            I found most Zankou that I've had to be a tad overdone, mushy even. Today's chicken could conceivably get that way if it sat under the lamp too long, but just off the rotisserie it was perfect. As for the flavor, and that garlic paste, the seasoning that Oinkster uses is the best I've ever tasted, and if it's garlic I want, well, that aioli is about 50-50 garlic and mayo!

            Skin? Not really crisp, not totally flabby. Well-cooked and delicious, but if it's crackly you want you won't get it here.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Cool!! Thanks for the details Will. I'll give it a try this weekend!

          2. Question for you - when you mention honey mustard, is it on the chicken or something else?
            Been curious about their chicken for some time now, but honey mustard is a dealbreaker for me.

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            1. re: garvanza girl

              Pardon me for jumping in, but I believe the OP is referring to the dressing on the red cabbage slaw, which is heavy on mustard and a little sweet, though I would not refer to it as "honey mustard." Much more savory in my opinion and no real honey flavor to speak of, Do not know whether honey is actually an ingredient in the dressing used on the slaw, but the mustard sems to be of the regular yellow variety. Quite a tasty and unique slaw if you ask me, but you didn't really, did you. Anyway, definitely no honey mustard on the chicken in any way, shape or form.

              1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                My apologies if I was in error - when I taste a sweet mustardy dressing I just think, "H'm, honey mustard." There was a nice whiff of freshness to the mustard, so I don't think it was yer typical ballpark-hot dog variety.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  Wasn't trying to step on toes, just thought that GG might have misinterpreted your post as to where the mustard lay.

                2. re: PommeDeGuerre

                  Thanks for the clarification - mustard, to me, is like <a href="> to some people - it just tastes awful no matter what.

              2. Where is this Oinkster Chicken?

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                1. re: Minimang

                  It's just Oinkster, and they serve pulled pork, pastrami, hamburgers, belgian fries, shakes, and a number of varied sides and desserts as well. Unusual beers and sodas, too.

                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041