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brachs special

i got a great deal at brachs deli counter last night.

6 Fried Chicken Drumsticks
6 Fried Chicken Thighs
with 2 lbs. of salad


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  1. sounds like transfat heaven

    1. Can't beat those chicken specials at Brachs. Its getting to the point that I have a hard time buying raw chickens. Brachs is charging $2.50/lb for raw chicken which makes it $7.50 for a 3 pound bird. For another 50 cents you can go to the del counter and buy one ready made WITH one pound of side dish (which goes for $3+). My kids love, not just like, the chicken so why cook?

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        1. re: queenscook

          I asked at Brachs what they coat their chickens with, you know what they said- NOTHING. I have one of those Ronco Showtime Compact Rotisserie and actually did that. I took a raw chicken, washed it and roasted it and guess what? It tasted exactly and looked like the ones I buy from Brachs. So their chickens are just that, chicken!

          1. re: MartyB

            Fine, but kiddush hopper referred to fried chicken and salad. I like to control what I cook my chicken in and what I put in my salads, i.e., mayo or not, if so, how much, whole grain pasta vs. regular, etc.

            1. re: queenscook

              there are also different "grades" of chickens. I

      1. Beware! Smell your chicken before you eat it. I had some bad luck there today with the raw chicken (they took it back, no problem)

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        1. re: websterhall1994

          "Beware! Smell your chicken before you eat it."

          don't you mean "Before you cook it"

          1. re: websterhall1994

            Brachs is asking $2.50/lb for chcken, Supersol is selling them for $1.69/lb http://www.thefivetowns.com/Images/Me...

            Just goes to to say that if you spend more it doesn't mean that you are getting something better, just means that you are paying more.

            1. re: MartyB

              I've seen chicken sold that was nothing but skin and bones,. is it worth $1.69 a lb? maybe, maybe not.

              are they selling the same brand, quality etc.?

              there might be a reason why you're paying less. (or maybe not)

              I know for a fact Empire has different quality labels the put on the cases of chickens (my father inlaw used to be in the kosher provision business and used to get us cases from an Empire wholesale distributer) you want the cases with the black label if you can get them

          2. I can't figure it out, the latest Brachs flyer has them selling chicken cutlets for $6.49/lb. Whats so special about that price? Supersol is now selling chicken cutlets for $3.39/lb.

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            1. re: MartyB

              The chicken cutletsfor $6.49 at Brach's are butterflied and hand-trimmed. This is the equivalent of Supersol's "Thin-sliced Chicken Cutlets" which sell for either $7.49 or $7.99/lb. I find Supersol's to be thinner and better trimmed- well worth the price difference.

              1. re: websterhall1994

                Just out of curiousity, is it that difficult to butterfly a chicken cutlet to warrent such a large price differential?

                1. re: MartyB

                  I guess the answer to that is "how many are left on the shelf?" at the end of the day or week or however often they stop selling meat? If people are willing to pay the price, then it's worth it to them. It clearly seems as though it's not worth it to you, yet it IS worth it to websterhall1994. To me, it's worth it to pay even over $10 a pound for certain cuts of bison, which I find tasty and far lower in fat than the beef that it tastes like. We live in a free market economy, and part of the decision a seller makes is what the market will bear. They are also not a tzedaka. They deserve pay for their labor; it has to cost more than their wholesale cost for the work they do, even leaving aside the costs of running a business. I wouldn't pay a dime for a bottle of water, under most circumstances, but millions of people across this country happily pay more for a half liter of water than they do for the same amount of gas for their car. But while there is outrage currently over the cost of a gallon of gasoline, no one mentions that a gallon of bottled water, especially when bought from a machine or a corner deli, comes out to about $10 a gallon. It's all what's worth it to the buyer.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    It's not that hard to butterfly a chicken cutlet- that's why I don't usually buy the ones at Brach's. I can do the same thing at home with a decent knife. Also, even their butterflied and "cleaned" cutlets often have pieces of cartilage and globs of fat that I need to clean off. The Supersol thin sliced cutlets are actually cleaned, trimmed and pounded thin. They can be used right out of the package with no additional work required on my part, which is why I find them worth the premium price.

            2. Despite the continued lowering prices of fuel, chicken prices continue to escalate. It has finally taken its toll on the famous "chicken special" at Brachs. Today I saw that the price rose from $7.99 to $8.99 for one chicken and a pound of side dish. Still a great deal, Gourmet Glatt charges $8.99 for only the chicken, adding a side will probably bring the total to $12.99

              Today was the first day that I had a hard time finding a parking spot at Brachs! There were only two spots left in the lot, both tight squeezes. It is a shame that Glatt Kosher Kingdom still did not open. I think it is a given that they will do well, lately both Brachs and Gourmet Glatt are really crowded and people will be looking for alternatives, so unless the management of Glatt Kosher Kingdom makes major blunders they will be successful.


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              1. re: MartyB

                ... Amazing, my daughter went to Brachs tonight to pick up a few items (Sat night 10pm) she said the entire lot was full save 2 or 3 of the handicaped spots.

                1. re: MartyB

                  how did we survive before Brachs? ;-)

                  or haver so many more ppl moved into the 5 towns since it opened?

                  1. re: berel

                    In my case, before Brachs I went to the local supermarkets, Keyfood, Waldbaums and Foodtown. I went to Chap A Nash, Gourmet Glatt and Supersol for my meats.

                    I am sure that the influx of the frum people is a factor as well. I don't know what has been going on lately, but according to my daughter, Brachs is getting really busy as of late and to quote her "it is not comfortable shopping there lately".

                    My current shopping habits has been to shop at Brachs for 95% of my needs, I go to Gourmet Glatt for a handful of items, Milk, cottage cheese (lately they have been selling Friendship at $1.99/lb) and a few odd-ball items that Brachs doesn't carry (like one carb ketchup). I go to Costco for items like Romaine lettuce (half price of Brachs 6/$3.99 vs. Brachs 3/$3.99), potatoes, cantaloupe and other odds and ends.

              2. The brachs fried chicken special seems to have been raised to $12.50. If I recall correctly, this is the second price increase for their chicken special since last Pesach. Is this still the best value in town?

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                1. re: bay1

                  The best value is still their standard chicken special at $9 (one bbq chicken + 1 side). Went up by $1, only one price increase since pesach. With the steep decrease in the price of oil, hopefully the fried chicken price will come down soon (I am allowed to dream).

                  I don't know when (and if) Glatt Kosher Kingdom will open but any competition will help. Gourmet Glatt and Supersol and not much competition to help keep Brachs takeout section prices in line.

                  I have not been to Tradition for a while but I last remmber that they had a two chicken + 3 sides for ~$21. If that is still their price then that would be an excellent value considering that Tradition allows kugels to be one of the choices of sides.

                  1. re: MartyB

                    I don't think Brach's cooking oil comes form crude oil, at least I hope it doesn't ;-)

                    btw King David is having various specials all month for it's 25th anniversary

                  2. re: bay1

                    There is a new king in town for the best value for a Shabbos Special, especially if you are into fried chicken. Traditions has two amazing deals. The first one is, what they refer to as “Shabbos Special II”, two chickens, bbq or fried, 3 sides (sides include kugels as choices) for $20. The equivalent cost for Brachs would be $25 (2 x $12.50 for two fried chickens w/2 sides) + $4 for another side (like a kugel) for a total of $29 (i.e. $20 vs $29).

                    What interests me is what they call “Shabbos Special I”, 2 chickens (bbq or fried), 3 sides, 2 quarts of soup and 6 slices of gefilta fish for $27. To compare apples to apples (or in this case fried chicken to fried chicken) Brachs would run you, 2 x $12.50 (2 fried chickens w/2 sides), $4 kugel, 2 x $4 (chicken soup) and I have no idea what the gefilta fish would run but lets use $4 as a safe bet – that comes out to $41 ($27 vs $41).

                    1. re: MartyB

                      But the food isn't that good in Traditions, so is it really worth it?

                      1. re: JS69

                        I guess that is a matter of taste. I like to go to Traditions, as a restaurant, I never used them as a take out, so I am making the assumption that their take out wouldn't be bad. I would be surprised if the takeout of Brachs Supermarket would be better tasting than the takeout from Tradition, a restaurant.

                        Taste will tell since I plan on buying my shabbos takeout next week from Tradiions. I will take one bbq and one fried chicken, I am assuming that since the price is the same that this will not be a problem.

                        1. re: MartyB

                          Sad to say, but I heard a couple of weeks ago that Glatt Kosher Kingdom is not opening.

                          1. re: websterhall1994

                            You are kidding! I thought that the shelves were stocked and was ready to open pending CFO. Makes no sense, 5 towns is ripe for another supermarket since Brachs and Gourmet Glatt are really getting tough to navigate through the crowds. Maybe Supersol could open there and LOWER their prices. Outside of their amazing specials their prices are way out of line.

                            1. re: websterhall1994

                              And I heard they are opening this week - the person who told me seemed pretty certain...

                              1. re: websterhall1994

                                And what was the reason you heard?

                      2. Went to Traditions today to buy their "Shabbos Special I" 2 chickens (I chose one bbq and one fried), 3 sides (I chose a large potato kugel, counted as two, since they were out of the small and a pound of cole slaw), 6 slices of gefilta fish, 2 quarts of soup (I chose chicken gumbo and a matzo ball soup). The ad in the 5 Towns Jewish Times has it for $26.99. When it came time to pay the charged me $32.50 including tax. When I went to the car I realized that it didn't sound right so I went back. The said that the price printed was wrong and that I was probably looking at an old ad so I pulled out the paper that they had in the store to show them. Funny, the ad has been running for quite some time at this price.

                        Anyway, Shabbos Special I is $29.95 (not $26.95) and their Shabbos Special II (2 chickens & 3 sides) is $21.95 (not $19.95). Still good deals, especially if you go for fried chicken where Brachs charges a lot more than their bbq, but not as spectacular a deal as I thought they were. I probably will be sticking with Brachs where two chickens and two sides run $18, unless what I bought tastes spectacular.

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                        1. re: MartyB


                          I found you the best Chicken Special ever in the 5TJT this week! The new Glatt Kosher Kingdom is advertising a FREE rotisserie chicken, side and 2 liter soda bottle (during the week- I guess that means not a Shabbos special) with any $100 purchase. Please try their chicken and let me know how it is.

                          Also, I heard their pizza store charges around $12 for a whole pie, which is 1/3 less than the other places in town. If anyone can has tried the pizza and tell me if it is more like Sabra, Dave's or Pizza Pious please share!

                          1. re: websterhall1994

                            I would be curious what their "chicken shabbos special", if they offer one, is and costs.

                            1. re: websterhall1994

                              do they sell pizza Saturday nights?

                              1. re: berel

                                The nice folks at Glatt Kosher Kingdom do indeed sell fresh made-to-order hot pies on motzoi Shabbos. Price: $12.95 for an 18" pie. I liked it, but the kids (at least one of them) thought that it was too salty. I noticed that this week there's a special on (regular edition only) Amnon's frozen pizza at Kosher World in Far Rock. The kids said that they actually prefer that to the fresh pie at the Kingdom! (I certainly prefer the price.)

                                By the way, the Asian gents were rolling fresh sushi on motzoi Shabbos as well! (I was very surprized to see this happening.)

                              2. re: websterhall1994

                                I picked up a hot fresh pie from Kosher Kingdom on Thursday night. The pizza was tasty - similar to some of the Brooklyn Pizza shops (lots of tomato sauce). The pie seemed to be a little smaller than the other local pizza shops.

                                This was my first visit to Kosher Kingdom and I was not impressed. Many of the non-special items were priced higher than the other local kosher supermarkets & the bakery was all out of "Heimeshe" challahs.

                                Maybe, I will try them again after they are more organized.

                                1. re: bay1


                                  Can we give you a job to go to every store that offers a shabbos special and try it out.

                                  We now know Brachs and traditions....Start moving up the ave every shabbos until you hit it all and let us know what you think. I guess Supersol, mauzone, Chap a nosh (Gourmet Glatt) King David and Glatt Kosher Kingdom is the order. Please correct if I am missing something.

                                  1. re: HungryJew

                                    I will only try it out if I think that it offers me a good value for the money. For example, Gourmet Glatt ofers no special in my book. $9 for one chicken with no sides is no special to me. The price of the sides in the specials is what gives the special its value. I am still "digesting" whether the Shabbos Special that I just had from Traditions is worth it. Certainly the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts in the Traditions special, whether I needed all of it or is just a two chicken special from Brachs enough.

                                    I thought that the two chicken special from Traditions, 2 chickens and 3 sides for what I thought was $20 is $2 more than the 2 chicken 2 sides that Brachs offered for $18, so Traditions offered an additional side for $2 and therefore my conclusion that Traditions was the Shabbos Special king. Turns out that the special really costs $22 or $4 more than the Brachs special with aother side thrown in. The $4 will buy you a pound side at Brachs so the advantage that Traditions offered is now gone and Brachs is still king.

                                    As history teaches us, kings come and go and I will be vigilant and keep my eyes and stomach open for better deals :)

                                    1. re: MartyB

                                      So it's all about the price and not about the taste?

                                      1. re: queenscook

                                        Both, if at all possible. I find that the chickens all taste about the same since they are all cooked the same way with minimal "patchkening". As to the sides most places have decent ones. In Brachs I usually order a pound of diet cole slaw and a pound of diet cucumber salad. Both are tasty. At home I can throw together rice (just love those rice cookers) and farfel or noodles and cabbage are other easy ones. My daughter makes the more complex ones from the Susie Fishbein books.