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Rotisserie Chicken Central NJ

shabbystorm Apr 13, 2009 04:23 PM

Looking for Rotisserie Chicken/Roasted Chicken in Central NJ.
Would have to be takeout since we eat this almost every night with a homemade salad.

Are there any other places in NJ that we should try.

Comments or suggestions welcome.

Realize some are organic and some are not. (and yes I do know how to roast a chicken at home don't always have time)

Stop and Shop – Amazing Rotisserie Chicken and Chicken Breast Only – Cooked well but not dry, nicely seasoned, not greasy.

Shop Rite – Very Good Rotisserie Chicken cooked well, good seasoning

Sage Rotisserie and Grill Freehold NJ – Very Good Flavor but super small chicken

Joe Leone’s – Very Good roasted chicken but expensive

Delicious Orchards – Bell and Evans Rotisserie Chicken Good

Boston Market – Good but very very greasy

Stickles Market – Less then OK, spoke with them a few months back, they tasted and agreed, changed supplier but have not been back to taste the new chicken they selected.

Whole Foods – Less than OK gamey

Lox Stock Deli – Less than OK kosher chicken

Dolce and Clemente’s – Less than OK

Places have not yet tried:
KickN ChickN Jackson NJ
Long Branch Rotisserie Chicken Branchport Ave Long Branch NJ
El Oaxaqueno Restaurant #3, 9 Memorial Parkway.Mexican Rotisserie Chicken Long Branch NJ
La Rosa Chicken and Grill Marlboro Manalapan or Freehold NJ

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    Heatherb RE: shabbystorm Apr 13, 2009 04:58 PM

    Years ago there used to be a place in Yardville called Nick's that did rotisserie. I remember that everyone in my family used to love it (I can't recall if I did or not - I was just a kid). But what I heard had happened was that after Nick's went out of business, Marazzo's Thriftway bought the recipe. it might be worth investigating if no one else on the board knows the answer to that.

    Has anyone tried Wegman's rotisserie chicken?

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      tonirog RE: shabbystorm Apr 13, 2009 04:58 PM

      Have you tried Costco's? Can't beat it for $5.99!

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        MegDangelo RE: tonirog Apr 13, 2009 05:22 PM

        I second the Costco Recommendation. They are amazing and always fresh.

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          mschow RE: MegDangelo Apr 13, 2009 06:44 PM

          Third vote for the Costco chicken. It's really delicious. However, if you have an Amish market near you, try their rotisserie chicken. It's a smaller and more tender bird, and usually very, very good. I know there is an Amish Market on Route 27 in Kingston. Check it out sometime if you're near there. There is also another one in Medford. BTW: they also sell ribs which are also very good and tender
          There is a Costco in Brick on 70.

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            dani0622 RE: mschow Apr 14, 2009 08:58 AM

            Another vote for Costco.

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        lynnnj RE: shabbystorm Apr 13, 2009 08:14 PM

        I'm happy with the ShopRite chicken. It comes in several flavors (I like toasted garlic) and they often have sales - $4.99 for a whole, albeit small, chicken. I love their leg quarters - from Perdue roasters, so quite large; those are often on sale for $2.99 for 2 leg quarters.

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          aklein RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 04:45 AM

          have to say that Long Branch Rotisserie Chicken is excellent ... worth a visit to be sure

          and I have to add my 2 cents in on Costco-- not free range, nothing fancy, but a good deal at $6 and better than many others in the area ( i just don't WANT to like it, but I do)

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            shabbystorm RE: aklein Apr 17, 2009 04:14 AM

            Brought this home for dinner last night!
            What a great place! Nice people! Very good chicken!
            They have been in business since 1939 - pretty cool!

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            eatinman RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 08:13 AM

            Surprised that Costco is not on your list. Guess I am the 5th one to say 'try it - you'll like it'. It maybe a little out of the way, but your postings seem to have you all over NJ. Costco's chickens are well prepared and much larger (think they are 3 lbs.) than the others. Plus you'll get a fresh one that hasn't been sitting for a long time and getting stale.
            La Rosa use to be good, haven't tried it in a few years due to Costco's.

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              shabbystorm RE: eatinman Apr 18, 2009 04:17 AM

              Do not have a membership to Costco (Or Sam's club)
              It is just the two of us, never had a need to buy anything in bulk.

              That being said sure I could tag along with a neighbor to get a costco chicken.
              Chowhounds know good food.
              Thank you.

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                eatinman RE: shabbystorm Apr 19, 2009 05:13 AM

                you can use my Costco card..

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                  shabbystorm RE: eatinman Apr 19, 2009 05:30 AM

                  A Random act of kindness.
                  Thank you!

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                    HillJ RE: shabbystorm Apr 19, 2009 05:34 AM

                    How about BJ's rotisserie chicken? You can rec' a one day free pass at BJ's to buy & check out the store as a guest.

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              Paul N RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 08:43 AM

              Holy Cow Grill in East Windsor has my favorite rotisserie chicken around here - only they're usually sold out of it by dinner time.

              It's best with the Yuca Frita.


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                gbean RE: Paul N Apr 16, 2009 05:29 AM

                I heard they closed.

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                  Paul N RE: gbean Apr 16, 2009 07:56 AM

                  Oh... shoot. Look's like you're right.... Bummer.

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                    gbean RE: Paul N Apr 16, 2009 09:16 AM

                    Yah, I never got a chance to try it but it sounded great.

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                fpatrick RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 08:47 AM

                I'm generally with the Costco crowd, but, on the edge of the concept of rotisserie chicken - if you don't mind it butterflied, cut in pieces, and served with rice or salad - is the rotating Portuguese BBQ Chicken at 28 Barbeque in Bound Brook.

                28 Barbeque & Restaurant
                303 W Union Ave, Bound Brook, NJ 08805

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                  shabbystorm RE: fpatrick Apr 23, 2009 04:11 AM

                  This place is a Churrasqueria. This chicken was very good!
                  They have Pork and Beef Ribs as well.
                  They did sell an whole BBQ chicken, wonderful seasoning!
                  Keeping with the parameters of the original post, the relative price point was a little high for a whole chicken 13.00. Nice people too!

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                  joonjoon RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 11:25 AM

                  I personally like to go to oahaqueno for my rotisserie chicken. I used to love Costco rotisserie but I'm thoroughly tired of it now.

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                    aacharya RE: joonjoon Apr 15, 2009 07:50 AM

                    Agreed. To not have hit the Long Branch mexican joints for rotisserie chicken is simply missing out. Have some of their tacos as well.

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                    ejdb RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 01:26 PM

                    Just want to add to the many Costco replies that while they are not "organic" they are antibiotic and hormone free. Another reason in my book to pick one up.

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                      Welcoboy RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 01:30 PM


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                        MGZ RE: Welcoboy Apr 14, 2009 01:45 PM

                        I can't help but envision the Costco Rotisserie 8 Pack - featuring 7 to 9 pound chickens that could easily be mistaken for turkeys!

                        Coming soon - the 1,000 piece fried chicken bucket! When you're done with it, the "bucket" can be used as an oversized garbage can.

                      2. angelo04 RE: shabbystorm Apr 14, 2009 01:40 PM


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                          shabbystorm RE: angelo04 Apr 19, 2009 05:06 AM

                          Wegman's Manalapan NJ make me crazy, Why do they have all the produce right there in the front of the store, can't they see people are walking! Mayhem!

                          In any case, went for a chicken last night.
                          We tried the BBQ Rotisserie (4.99) and it was AMAZING!

                          This just went to the top of the chicken list. Thanks!

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                            angelo04 RE: shabbystorm Apr 21, 2009 06:16 AM

                            Glad I could help.

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                            flourgirl RE: angelo04 May 29, 2009 06:42 AM

                            Count me in as a Wegman's fan - I think their rotisserie birds are terrific. They're a great deal and don't have any of the funny aftertaste I've experienced from Shop-Rite birds.

                          3. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Apr 15, 2009 03:20 PM

                            Thanks much!
                            Don't have security clearance for Costco but sure I could find someone at the door who would grab a chicken for me. (just joking)
                            Looking forward to the Portuguese BBQ Chicken place in Bound Brook and the stops in Long Branch.

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                              gbean RE: shabbystorm Apr 16, 2009 05:44 AM

                              Sam's. Cheap juicey and perfectly cooked....unfortunately there are no nearby Costcos for me.

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                                Tapas52 RE: gbean Apr 16, 2009 09:39 AM

                                Roasted King Rotisserie Chicken
                                189 Rt 70
                                Toms River, NJ


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                                HelenB RE: shabbystorm Apr 17, 2009 06:10 AM

                                Not sure if ever Pathmark carry the honey roasted chicken, I got it once in Toms River and it was really tasty. Tried to look for it again but was unable to find it!

                                1. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Apr 17, 2009 03:58 PM

                                  Brought home an Amazing BBQ Rotisserie Chicken from the PA Amish Dutch Market in Kingston NJ today! Cost 5.39

                                  I had forgotten all about this place!

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                                    mschow RE: shabbystorm Apr 17, 2009 05:24 PM

                                    The Amish Market is only open on Th-Sat, so it's easy to forget. I think their chickens are the best; so tender. But I still really like the Costco chicken, which is much larger and you couldn't even buy the chicken raw for the price they sell it for roasted.

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                                      ambrose RE: shabbystorm Apr 18, 2009 01:22 PM

                                      Shabbystorm, there is also an Amish Farmers' Market in Flemington. It's just off Route 31, behind the ShopRite (south of the Flemington Circle)

                                    2. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Apr 21, 2009 05:08 PM

                                      For dinner tonight, take home from La Rosa Rotisserie Chicken Manalapan NJ
                                      It was less than OK, tasted like chicken roll memories of my childhood not real chicken?!

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                                        joonjoon RE: shabbystorm Apr 21, 2009 07:55 PM


                                        I love that we have a resident Rotisserie expert here. :) So is Wegmans your official favorite?

                                        Give Oaxaqueno a try and let me know! I don't know if it's cheating but rotisserie chicken is so much better with salsa!

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                                          shabbystorm RE: joonjoon Apr 22, 2009 04:47 AM

                                          LOL - Still eating - a few more to try and I will let you know.
                                          Wegman's - Stop and Shop - on top.

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                                            bgut1 RE: shabbystorm Apr 22, 2009 08:06 AM

                                            The best for me was at a little Peruvian chicken joint called Super Pollo II in Brick. Here is a post about my visit. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5839...
                                            I hope they are still around.

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                                              zerohour3k RE: bgut1 Apr 22, 2009 08:30 AM

                                              Funny you mention Super Pollo II, I was just about to bring it up as a great option!

                                              I went there a little over a month ago, and they have some of the most delicious rotisserie chicken I've ever had. I don't know what kind of peruvian spices they put on the 'bird, but it sure makes it taste great. I usually get mine with their onion salad, since it compliments the chicken incredibly well. I hope they're still open too, since you got me in the mood for more of it. =)

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                                                bgut1 RE: zerohour3k Apr 22, 2009 09:24 AM

                                                Zero - I'm happy that I'm not the only one. The spices they use are spectacular. It's suprising that there are few posts about this place. I intend to drive by and try it again soon.

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                                                  zerohour3k RE: bgut1 Apr 23, 2009 05:16 AM

                                                  Went there last night, since I had a craving for the stuff. Yep, they're still open, and busier than I remember them being. Ordered a whole chicken ($9.00) with some rice and beans and their delicious "Salsa Criolla".

                                                  I really need to go back there more often. I had forgotten how great their chicken was!

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                                                    bgut1 RE: zerohour3k Apr 23, 2009 05:31 AM

                                                    Great to hear. Thanks.

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                                                shabbystorm RE: bgut1 May 6, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                This place is great!
                                                Rotisserie Chicken - AMAZING chicken AMAZING flavor!
                                                Feel like this post is like a horse race, a underdog, take the lead into first place!
                                                WOW~muchas gracias

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                                                  bgut1 RE: shabbystorm May 6, 2009 07:20 PM

                                                  You're always welcome.

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                                                    ambrose RE: shabbystorm May 7, 2009 05:51 AM

                                                    Shabbystorm, have you tried the chicken at Planet Chicken in Dunellen? This place, which has been described as either Spanish or Peruvian, gets high marks from a lot of people. I'd be interested in knowing how the chicken compares to that at Super Pollo II.

                                                    Here's a review from 2005:


                                                    and here's the menu:


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                                                      jrd303 RE: ambrose May 12, 2009 04:37 AM

                                                      I stopped by there 2 weeks ago. They were closed for renovations at the time. You might want to call first.

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                                                    cranrob RE: bgut1 May 13, 2009 04:26 AM

                                                    Speaking of Peruvian-Style Rotisserie Chicken, don't forget La Fogata on George's Road in New Brunswick.

                                                    La Fogata
                                                    23 Georges Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                                            2. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Apr 24, 2009 04:38 AM

                                              Sickles Market has switched to a Murray's chicken for their in house Rotisserie.
                                              This was very good!
                                              Kudos to management for listening to a customer complaint, taking it seriously, actually tasting the food in question, and deciding to make a change.

                                              1. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Apr 28, 2009 04:16 AM

                                                Took home a Rotisserie chicken from Mccaffrey's Princeton NJ

                                                They have selected a Bell and Evans Chicken - It was Very good!
                                                Of Course natural chickens are smaller.

                                                1. njchowgal RE: shabbystorm Apr 28, 2009 06:42 AM

                                                  question- do you keep the chickens warm when you get home if you're not eating them for a while or do you keep them in the fridge? i usually try to keep them warm, but they tend to dry out. the last one i bought from shop rite was barely edible.

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                                                    shabbystorm RE: njchowgal Apr 28, 2009 07:24 AM

                                                    I am no Martha, but usually keep it warm in original packaging until dinner, cut it up skin on, wrap in foil, bake for 20 minutes, take skin off, and serve. Hope this helps.

                                                  2. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Apr 30, 2009 05:25 PM

                                                    Had a Rotisserie Chicken from Top Tomato Freehold NJ for dinner - It was excellent - just moved to the top of the list with Stop & Shop! Bought this late in the day and served warm without reheating - great chicken excellent flavor!

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                                                      MichelleM131 RE: shabbystorm May 1, 2009 07:46 AM

                                                      I've never had a good Wegman's chicken - i go to the one in Ocean and they've all been terrible. We go to A&P for one thing only - the chicken! We buy 2 at a time, just to have leftovers.

                                                    2. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm May 12, 2009 03:08 AM

                                                      We had a chicken from Anthony's Chicken & Grill

                                                      The chicken really had potential, good flavor but the chicken had a bit of a 'Griswold Turkey' issue when plating, as suggested on their menu will call ahead and order next time so they can make it fresh rather than just popping in and picking up.

                                                      Luckily had other leftovers to serve for dinner.

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                                                        Tapas52 RE: shabbystorm May 12, 2009 04:57 AM

                                                        My Ron Popiel Showtime Rotisserie makes some of the best chicken I have ever had......& its so easy to use.


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                                                          shabbystorm RE: Tapas52 May 12, 2009 03:28 PM

                                                          That is a good idea!
                                                          Thank you.

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                                                            Tapas52 RE: shabbystorm May 12, 2009 05:21 PM

                                                            shabbystorm....your very welcome & btw, I want to thank you for all your
                                                            heads up chowhound info all the time while your out there I really appreciate it.

                                                      2. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm May 25, 2009 05:36 PM

                                                        Our dog is dying from lymphoma..she loves it when I bring home a Rotisserie chicken..for some reason this, and cupcakes, makes her very happy.
                                                        Picked one up from A&P
                                                        The chicken was very small, all natural, extremely moist, chicken fell off the bone, It was good.

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                                                          Paul N RE: shabbystorm May 27, 2009 08:34 AM

                                                          My condolences, Shabbystorm.

                                                          I did the same for my dog when he was sick - rotisserie chicken.

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                                                            shabbystorm RE: Paul N May 27, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                            Thank you kindly :)

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                                                              joonjoon RE: shabbystorm May 29, 2009 06:29 AM

                                                              Just got some Lemon Pepper chicken from Wegman's. So tasty!

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                                                                Heatherb RE: joonjoon Jun 1, 2009 12:39 PM

                                                                Oooh, yeah. I got that there a couple months ago - really yummy.

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                                                            flourgirl RE: shabbystorm May 29, 2009 06:45 AM

                                                            I'm very sorry to hear about your dog - it's so tough to go through something like that.

                                                            And hey, rotisserie chickens and cupcakes make me happy too.

                                                          3. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm May 29, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                            Thanks flourgirl :) That dog is a trooper!

                                                            Cause there are still more chickens out there.
                                                            Picked up a Rotisserie Chicken from Pathmark, this was the exact same packaging and chicken as A&P, gold brand, it was good. They also sell a Sunday Roaster which was a much larger chicken, different packaging, did not try that one.

                                                            Then the other day when roaming, picked up a chicken from Manny's Rotisserie Freehold NJ. On Main Street just across the train tracks from El Meson. A Pleasant Surprise - Very Good Chicken and seasoning, not mexican seasoning, just very tasty. Kind people. Cost a little expensive whole chicken was 9.00 but will return.

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                                                              HillJ RE: shabbystorm May 29, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                              Your rot-chicken passion is amazing, shabbys!

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                                                                shabbystorm RE: HillJ May 29, 2009 02:17 PM

                                                                Hubby has lost 85 pounds since we started eating chicken and salad for dinner.
                                                                Cycling and walking also a huge factor in his weight loss.
                                                                It is grill season, but the dog has gotten so use to the routine - gotta keep picking them up!

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                                                                  gbean RE: shabbystorm Jun 1, 2009 10:24 AM

                                                                  Shoprite's Rotisserie's are 3.99 until Saturday 5/6. I got the Italian Style and it was great...can't beat it for 4 bucks!

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                                                                    njchowgal RE: shabbystorm Jun 2, 2009 06:15 AM

                                                                    congrats to your husband for the weight loss- do you put the chicken on the salad or eat it as separate dishes?

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                                                                      shabbystorm RE: njchowgal Jun 6, 2009 02:29 PM

                                                                      We change it up, different greens, dressing, side vegetables...
                                                                      My favorite is greens with apples or pears, rotisserie chicken cut up with a homemade dijon mustard salad dressing.

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                                                                miah RE: shabbystorm Jun 6, 2009 06:35 PM

                                                                It sounds like you are in Central-Southern Jersey, but my parents SWEAR by rotisserie chicken from Bishops (Market/Grocery Store) in Whitehouse (Hunterdon County). That being said, I am a huge fan of Joe Leone's in Point, but I've never had the chicken.

                                                                1. shabbystorm RE: shabbystorm Jul 11, 2009 06:38 AM

                                                                  On the Radar for after grilling season
                                                                  Zamba Chicken - Union County

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                                                                    Tapas52 RE: shabbystorm Jul 11, 2009 07:36 AM

                                                                    Shabby have you tried SUPER POLLO II in Brick town for rotiserie chix...Excellent! I have to go back very soon to sample the rest of the menu also so many good items listed....

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                                                                      shabbystorm RE: Tapas52 Jul 11, 2009 07:39 AM

                                                                      Oh yes - SUPER POLLO II ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                        HillJ RE: shabbystorm Jul 12, 2009 08:39 AM

                                                                        shabbystorm, I've returned to this post just to see where you've gone for rotiss. chicken. The 'where's waldo" of poultry quests!

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                                                                    Citizen Rich RE: shabbystorm Jul 12, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                    I haven't been up there in a while, but didn't a Peruvian chicken place open up on Route 1 in Edison? I remember seeing it a couple years back, but never got the chance to visit. There also used to be a place in Elizabeth called Al Carbon that had excellent roasted chicken.

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