Good Frickin Chicken is aptly named
- pointybird Apr 9, 2009 08:53 AM
Oh my. I was supposed to meet a friend at Lotus Garden on Mission Street and it was closed yesterday, so we decided to go instead to Good Frickin Chicken instead. The menu looked kind of meh, rotisserie chicken, pitas, hummous. I ordered the half chicken, full dinner, which comes with a side (I chose hummous), a salad, and pitas. I had no idea how good rotisserie chicken could be! It was covered with some kind of flavorful paste, sorry I didn't dissect what was in it, I was in chicken frenzy. It was so moist! The best thing on the plate was the smooth yet powerful garlic paste; second best was the pita, aptly described as "pillowy" and covered with some spice mixture and sesame seeds. A little pita with a dab of hummous, a chunk of chicken, and a dollop of garlic paste = heaven in my mouth. My very chatty friend and I got very very quiet while we were eating. Even the salad, with a bright, fresh tasting mint-and oregano-spiked dressing, was delicious.
I can't wait to go back. Yum. This was the closest I have come yet to a chain of restaurants I have been to in L.A., I think they might be Lebanese? Jordanian? It's chicken and garlic paste and pitas, but the pitas at the L.A. chains are plain. It's been a good decade since I've been to L.A. to visit the chicken places there, but Good Frickin' Chicken brought me back. See you tonight, GFC!
Pointybird, if you liked GFC, you must try the rotisserie chicken at Inkas across the street. I haven't been back to GFC ever since I tried that place! At lunch time you can get 1/2 a bird with fries (or substitute Yucca), soup, bread, a drink, and the most incredible Peruvian sauce for about $10.
No, no garlic sauce, but the yellow Peruvian pepper sauce is literally my favorite anywhere. I always talk the nice folks into giving me some to go.
Before Inkas I used to have GFC in my lunch rotation. I loved the flavor although on occasion their birds could be a bit dry. But at some point the birds got smaller and the prices rose. The chickens at Inkas are a bit larger and I have yet to get one that was anything but juicy and tender.
If you go, I recommend trying the empanadas as well. You won't be disappointed.
re: Civil Bear
Oooh I love empanadas. I wonder what kind they have. I have been able to find a lot of *dry* chicken empanadas in town, not the empanadas with picadillo beef inside like I used to have in Florida.
I dunno, I gotta have that garlic sauce. Agreed that the bird is small at GFC but garlic sauce! GARLIC SAUCE!
Actually ... Goood Frikin’ Chicken
I like that garlic sauce too. My long ago report about GFC
Goood Frikin' Chicken ... IS
Given the state of search and the name some other previous unlinked reports.
Goood Frikin' Chicken rotisserie is pretty goood
Arabian/Lebanese Breakfast at GFC - Bernal Heights - Report
good name great chicken
Stealth shawerma, roast chicken and falafel
Zankou-style chicken in Bay Area?
I have mixed opinions about GFC. My family eats there a lot, so the overall impression is good. I do love the spice rub and the garlic spread and when the chicken is right, it is very good.. the pita? Didn't really stand out to me. Their food is much better in the dining room than it is for take-out. The rest of their menu is worth exploring too. The kebabs have the same interesting spiciness.
But... if you timing or luck is wrong, the chicken can be tired and overcooked. And the sides can sometimes suffer the same limpness. We live very close, so we tend to hit GFC for take-out at odd times. And that's when it can be dicey. When it is good -- which it almost always is in their dining room -- it is very good and economical.