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Rotisseria - Crazy good chicken

AnneInMpls Jun 23, 2008 02:23 PM

Rotisseria has been mentioned several times before, but I thought it deserved its own thread.

It's a small hole-in-the-wall (a nice one, though) with Peruvian charcoal-roasted chicken. (Dara M describes it well on her MN Monthly blog - http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media... ).

I finally got to Rotisseria for a take-out chicken dinner on Saturday night. Wow! I can't believe how good the chicken is. And with that spicy green sauce - I'm in heaven! (I read somewhere that classic Peruvian rotisserie chicken is supposed to have three sauces, but as I've never had it before, I didn't miss the other sauces.)

We also had rice and beans and plantains - all good. The rice was plain but especially good, and the beans were rich and tasty. The plantains were greasy and limp-ish, but not necessarily in a bad way, though I prefer my plantains crispy. Next time, I'll try the yucca.

Those of you who have been disappointed in the "unathentic" rotisserie-ness of Brasa's chicken: get yourselves down to Rotisseria! I think you'll love it. Me, I like Brasa's chicken, but now I understand what people are talking about. The smokiness, the crispy skin, the spicy sauce - oh, what bliss!

And it's quite inexpensive - a whole chicken dinner comes with two sides (enough food for 3-4 people) for $14.

Given how great the food is, I couldn't believe that it was empty at 8:30 on Saturday night. (The weather was threatening, with a black and stormy sky, but even so... ) I hope they can do OK in their new location - East Lake Street at Bloomington - it has a semi-bad rep, but it's really quite safe, with lots of people and businesses open late. There's easy access to parking (meters are free after 6pm). Best yet, there's a Mexican bakery next door! (We tried several things, all very tasty. Best were a little beige tartlet and a big slice of vanilla pound/chiffon cake with a hint of pineapple filling.)

Those in S. Mpls, take note - I think they deliver in the area, if they aren't too busy. And they certainly weren't last Saturday night...

Rotisseria has immediately gone to the top of my favorite restaurants list. Please help me keep this wonderful place open!

Anne

P.S. Has anyone tried the grilled fish or any of their other non-chicken main dishes?

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Rotisseria
1532 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

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    Josh Resnik Jun 23, 2008 07:53 PM

    Yes!!!! That place is great. I do not normally love roast chicken, but it is delicious there. Last time I was there I got one order of the fish and one of the chicken. The fish was good -- kind of like the walleye plate at the state fair, but not great. The chicken is the real star of the show. My only disappointment is that I now have to drive further since they left Uptown.

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      mnxd9 Jun 23, 2008 08:38 PM

      Blast you, don't go telling everyone my favorite chicken shop in town :P . Seriously the chicken is fantastic, so was the rice and beans, but another big reason we go is the Yucca and Plaintains, I say they are the best in the cities, better than we had in Miami, since Macho Pichu closed we haven't had any good plaintains or yucca I thought Rotisseria was gone for good, low and behold they just moved, thank to a fellow poster on here, They have been found again, introduced my inlaw to the place last week, and they were back 2 days later . I rant and rave aout how much I love this place, I noticed another guy that walked in after me felt the same exact way I did. The new neighborhood is a bit shadier though, I didn't feel uncomfortable, but it's not the best, we had a prime seat for a 7-8 squad car arrest right outside of the restaurant, but with my inlaws, wife and 18 month old I still felt safe enough. Parking is dismal as far as I know it's only street parking.

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        ibew292 Jun 24, 2008 07:17 AM

        Macho Pichu is closed???? Website is up. Their Chicken Saltado was great. Does anyone know if they are still open??

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          The Dairy Queen Jun 24, 2008 07:28 AM

          Apparently they are looking for a new site--I hope they find one soon. I just tried the phone number again and it's still disconnected. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/51519...

          ~TDQ

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            SmartCookie Jun 24, 2008 02:19 PM

            That's already been covered -

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/515196

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          Brad Ballinger Jun 24, 2008 10:15 AM

          Anne,

          I've been meaning to try this place. It will probably have to be eating in, though. How do you think the crispy skin and the sides would stand up to a 20-30 minute drive to my home in St. Paul?

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            AnneInMpls Jun 24, 2008 01:03 PM

            I think the chicken would be fine on the drive - the skin is more "charred" (in a good way) than crispy, so a wait wouldn't change things too much. But could you resist eating the chicken in the car? That wonderful smell would drive me crazy, and I would probably eat half of it as I drove home.

            I know - do a scientific test: eat in for your first visit, then do take-out for the second, so you'll know for sure!

            Anne

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              shoo bee doo Jun 24, 2008 04:00 PM

              I usually open the box while driving home so the skin stays crispy. I'm not sure about the sides.

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              HuaGung Jun 24, 2008 06:52 PM

              Couldn't agree more with your write-up Anne. The wife and I were there for lunch today and were thrilled with the food. The guy who runs the place seems like a real sweetheart too, which always makes me want to go back to a place more frequently. I can't believe how many times I have gone across the street to Mercado Central for lunch, driving right past this place and never noticing it.

              Thanks for the heads-up. And that sauce? Wow. Made me tear into the chicken like I hadn't eaten in days.

              HuaGung

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                The Dairy Queen Jun 24, 2008 07:35 PM

                This is a new location for them, so, you may not have driven past it TOO many times.

                ~TDQ

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                  HuaGung Jun 24, 2008 08:55 PM

                  You're too kind to overlook my obsessive nature...(!)

                  I learned today that they've been in this spot for four months. In that time, my wife and I have been to Mercado Central AT LEAST a dozen times. Have to keep these aging eyes open a little wider I think.

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                salvage7 Jun 25, 2008 09:06 AM

                Went the other night, delicious! It didn't taste exactly like I remember in Peru, but good nonetheless. The yucca is especially tasty.

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                  vicks Jun 25, 2008 10:40 AM

                  I went for lunch today, and the man makes a mean chicken.

                  Smokey, charred exterior, moist, flavorful interior - especially with the Spicy Green Chili Sauce - with Rice and Beans for 15 bucks and a whole chicken - thats a great value - and the man at the counter/cook was amazingly kind, nice, funny - great little places like this make the Cities so unique and it's only a mile away from my house.

                  Never got to try it in Uptown. Thanks for reminding us Anne how good this man's chicken is! (and am glad he moved so much closer to my house) ;)

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                  churchka Jun 25, 2008 04:39 PM

                  Walked in just after 5:00 tonight and was greeted by the owner. But, the greeting wasn't good. He said, "you aren't going to like this, we are out of chicken. It will be at least an hour."

                  Oh no! I fear the Chowhounds ate all his delicious chicken at lunch. We will try again this weekend.

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                    katebauer Jun 25, 2008 04:46 PM

                    Oh, I was going to send my husband there on his way home from work in a few minutes! Thanks for the timely update.

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                      sixpintsofbitter Jun 26, 2008 12:25 PM

                      Anyone know if they do fries in their new location? I remember the fryer being broken in the uptown location for those last couple of months. Half a chicken, greek salad, and fries and I am in heaven.

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                      Brad Ballinger Jun 27, 2008 05:58 AM

                      Well, based on that post... My plan is to pick up dinner for six from there tonight. Everyone stay away so I don't hear what churchka heard. :o)

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                        mnxd9 Jun 29, 2008 06:38 AM

                        I learned a long time ago to be prepared and make sure to call ahead for the chicken, make sure they have it, and it's ready. Not to mention if you were in a hurry it'll take care of the normal 10 minute wait to crisp up the skin.

                      2. katebauer Jul 2, 2008 06:29 PM

                        We finally made it there tonight and gorged ourselves on a whole chicken, rice, beans, plantains and green beans (I added them after feeling guilty for not having a green veggie for dinner). I loved the sides. I'm a huge plantain fan and I really enjoyed the savory fried outside and sweet inside. The rice and beans were simple, but good, and the green beans were delicious in a buttery garlic sauce.

                        I really liked the flavor of the chicken skin but felt the meat itself was a little dry. I was comparing it to the rotisserie chicken you can get at Holy Land which is always amazingly juicy (and about $2 cheaper if I recall correctly). If only they could get the juiciness of Holy Land's chicken with their spices and sides and I'd be there multiple times a week.

                        Also just for my own future reference - a whole chicken and 4 sides is way too much for 2 people (which I knew in my head but couldn't resist)! A half chicken would have sufficed.

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                          faith Jul 2, 2008 08:17 PM

                          To be really accurate here, this chicken is not exactly rotisserie- they put it on
                          the rotisserie until it is almost done, then put it on a grill with a frying pan lid on top to press it down- the grill chars the outside with a very fragrant outdoor bbq coating- but it is charred, for those who are not into char-(see Punch threads).
                          I once asked if they could give it to me without the grilling, since I LOVE good
                          rotisserie-only chicken. I think they left it on the rotisserie a bit longer, but I could tell they thought I was a bit weird...

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                          KTFoley Oct 30, 2008 09:06 AM

                          Dang it, dang it, dang it. The "new" location for Rotisseria is closed, according to a piece by Rick Nelson in today's Star Tribune.

                          Could be moving to a third spot, but it is not yet a done deal.

                          http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

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                            AnneInMpls Oct 30, 2008 10:58 AM

                            No, no, no, no, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a devastating blow - I've become addicted to this chicken once a week. What with the closing of Bombay2Deli and Farm in the Market, I feel myself losing the will to live.

                            If anyone hears any info on a reopening, please post. I need something hopeful to look forward to.

                            Anne

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                              vicks Oct 30, 2008 09:43 PM

                              I was going more often too - I already miss it - I was going to get it for lunch just 2 days ago - hopefully he shows up again soon - the man behind the counter makes the place so special - and the chicken is pretty great too..

                              I look forward to the day I can get it again...for now, Holy Land will have to do...

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