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Apr 30, 2009 08:37 PM

MSP Rotisseria Chicken-Man to resurface in Deephaven

I have been missing this guy's chicken and was searching the CH boards for Rotisseria but didn't find anything since he shutdown in 2008. Found this on

I don't head out that way too often but this might be a great excuse for the urbanites among us to have a picnic out on lake Minnetonka.

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  1. This is the best news I've had in a long time! I don't know where Deephaven is, but I will soon find out. I'm already planning a picnic and afternoon at the lake. This chicken is DEFINITELY worth the drive.


    P.S. Actually, I had already learned about the rebirth of Rotisseria (in a diversion on a the 3/50 thread: ) but I never get tired of hearing good news. I'm very, very happy.

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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      Little confused, do they open today or tomorrow? I'm sure well be making a trip this weekend for sure. Thanks for the headsup.

      1. re: mnxd9

        The Cottagewood General Store is seasonal and I think it opened yesterday based on their website. (It's a very cute place and I hope that the chicken helps keep it running as my understanding is that it hasn't been open continuously.) It is run by the community and typically has fairly limited hours. But it wasn't clear to me from the article that the chicken would be available at Cottagewood on its opening day.

        1. re: kersie

          OK chicken seekers, I just phoned Cottagewood and the guy said Saleh is in the
          back right NOW making his fab. chicken, that he is there all the time. Phone number is posted on the website

          1. re: faith

            The western suburbs are starting to get some excellent ethnic options...Mi casa and Spice in Chaska, Tian Jin in Chanhassen and now Rotisseria in Deephaven. Can anyone comment on prices and side options?

            1. re: dave43

              Soon, we are headed out to get us some chicken, WOOT!

              1. re: mnxd9

                What's the verdict? I called and they didn't give much information other then the chicken went for $25. That's still a decent deal but I believe I heard that the chicken with 2 sides went for $15 at the old location. Must be the Deephaven rent.

                1. re: dave43

                  Funny, I was just out there last night.

                  Arrived just before 8:30pm -- this is fair warning for all bring a map if you are not familiar with the lakeshore villages. The General Store itself, which posts no hours, was closed. There were lights at the back entrance, and the rotisseria man himself was tending a small Weber-style grill.

                  The menu for the day was chicken pita, chicken gyro and stromboli. I was seeking a whole chicken. Right now that requires a call ahead. It takes some time and there is not yet enough volume to risk throwing it out at the end of the night. Volume is expected to pick up in the summer and then chickens should be available all the time for walk-in customers.

                  I left without my chicken, but will be back another time.

                  1. re: KTFoley

                    We ordered one this morning (they ask for 2 hours notice) and recently finished munching part of it. Delicious! (I was a little apprehensive; I've read good things about it, but one person's filet mignon...yada yada, and I've been steered wrong by some posts here. This recommendation gets a gold star! I should look up the posters so I know whose taste matches mine.)

                    Anyway, the chicken was cut into pieces and came with a wonderful sauce (on the side). We got the garlic potatoes and green beans as sides. There are other options besides those two. $25 for the lot, and very generous portions. Could easily feed more than 4, as claimed.

                    We, too, will be back.

                    1. re: Enso

                      I think the chicken I had last night was the best I've ever had. dipped in the mean green

    2. I'm kicking this thread up because of a recent posting about this rotisserie chicken. Can we track this fellow down?

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          1. re: kriminalrat

            Looks like he may still sell his green sauce. More info here:

            1. re: bob s

              Thanks! Great information. There's even an email address where I can ask him where we can find his chickens these days. The website was created in 2011 so I hope we're not too late.

              1. re: bob s

                So I just called the phone number and talked with Saleb directly. He is no longer at Cottagewood and no longer makes the chickens. He offered no explanation, but apologized. He will do catering though - just not individual chickens.


                1. re: bob s

                  I bought some of the sauce at Mississippi Market without knowing the Rotisseria connection. It is fantastic sauce!

                  1. re: KristinT013

                    I also saw it at the Wedge yesterday.

            2. Oh goodness, the sight of this thread had me so hopeful! I remember when my hib and I lived in Uptown and I was feeling so terrible one night, hubs rode his bike and put a whole Rotisseria chicken in his backpack and rode it home. Best comfort meal ever!! The green sauce, the seasoning, the sides! We miss you Rotisseria man :)

              1. He was at the MPLS Farmers Market today selling his sauce. Probably will not be opening another place for chicken but I asked if he would sell the rub. It may happen. Support him at the Market because he makes more money. Ask about the rub and it may happen...

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                1. re: ibew292

                  Did you get a look at the ingreds in the sauce? That's some tasty stuff!

                  Is he at the FM every weekend--Which row?

                  There are some recipes online for the chicken that are pretty darn close; search for holy pollo.

                  I also found a blog post titled, Making Peruvian-Style Rotisserie Chicken, that was informative.

                  1. re: Enso

                    He was in the new section across from the main market. Middle row I believe. Said he would be there every weekend, great tasting sauce. $8 per bottle. What a deal. When you see him ask him to make his rub. Thanks for the info about holy pollo.

                    1. re: ibew292

                      Pardon my ignorance, but are we talking the Mill City market, or a different one? I'd love to get my hands on some of this sauce.

                      1. re: BigE

                        Minneapolis Farmers Market usually means the original big one, yes? I'm pretty sure they're talking about the one on Lyndale Ave, close to the Basilica, where the parking is pretty much underneath I-94.

                        1. re: KTFoley

                          Minneapolis Farmers market on Lyndale. Make sure to ask about the rub.

                          1. re: ibew292

                            ibew, what do you know about the rub? Does he make it up for special orders?

                            1. re: Enso

                              Only makes for his catering. If we all ask he might start to sell it.

                    2. re: Enso

                      There was an article posted at his booth. I think it's this one:

                      I don't know if the version he's selling at the FM contains thickeners or preservatives. It looks a bit different from what I remember when we got takout from place in Excelsior.

                      1. re: Enso

                        He has both a green sauce and red sauce. I think the green sauce is what I remember him serving at both Lake Street locations.

                        I didn't refrigerate mine after using last time and opened it last evening to use it again. It practically exploded sending sauce all over me. I ate it anyway because the ingredients include vinegar and I figure it just fermented a bit. It was delicious.

                        If I buy some prepared roast chicken from the Mississippi Market - I usually get a couple of wings from their prepared food area - they have wonderful crispy skin - and use this sauce, I can close my eyes and almost imagine I'm getting the chicken from this fellow again.

                    3. re: ibew292

                      I'm fairly certain this sauce is not what was in the restaurant. It is just chilies and vinegar, I do not remember the stuff in the bottles being vinegary, and the Peruvian places in DC don't serve vinegar based sauces.

                      1. re: getgot211

                        Haven't been back to the FM to see. The article linked to earlier lists:

                        jalapenos, green peppers, vinegar, mint, garlic and salt

                        What I recall of the times we got his take-out chicken, there was a tart (vinegary) flavor to the sauce. I can't speak to its authenticity, but I liked it for the balance to the spiciness.

                        Made my own version for a summer party and it was popular.

                        1. re: Enso

                          what the article lists and what the jar lists, as well as what he himself at the fm said was in it are not the same. Idk if he suddenly changed the sauce but there is only green chilies and vinegar. that tartness may have come from mayo, quite a bit different than being vinegar based. this is not the sauce from the restaurant.

                    4. when back yesterday and purchased a bottle of his red sauce. So good.