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Jun 30, 2009 08:57 AM

Roast / Rotisserie Chicken updates? (Berkeley area)

For years, Lola's was my 'go to" chicken when I wanted a good chicken, so any other place that might have been good fell off the radar. I get one from Magnani from time to time, but for that "really good take out chicken" is there one or more left in the area? (... edited to add - In addition to the Zaki Kebab house chicken, which is very good, but they often run out, and you can't pick it up until dinnertime).

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  1. I had a good one from Cafe Rouge a couple of months ago. Herbs under the skin and good size.

    1. It gets mixed reviews, but I like Poulet (on Shattuck and Virginia).

      It's too bad Berkeley Rotisserie on Shattuck and Channing is no longer with us. I liked that place too.

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      1. re: Agent 510

        I agree, I had some really great chicken from Poulet earlier this month; I hadn't been there for a while, but that chicken will prompt me to go back.

      2. The ones at the butcher at Market Hall in Rockridge are pricey (of course) but good.

        1. Colusa Market has nice rotisserie chickens. Call ahead, though, to make sure they're ready.

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          1. re: Glencora

            A group of co-workers and I often split these and some salad for lunch. They are usually ready 12:30-1 and sell out/are claimed around 6, and can sometimes be a little dry by the end of the day. I often ask for one that isn't as dark brown. Nice herb rub. $10ish.

            RE: BB Chickens. I haven't had the BB chickens yet, but they looked fabulous yesterday and had a few different choices. Unfortunately, the provencal herb is the one that really caught my attention, so I don't remember the others well... There was one with lemon and rosemary(?), another herb mix...

            1. re: adrienne156

              The provencal is the one to get. Makes a decent chicken salad the next day too if there's any left over.

          2. Berkeley Bowl has really good chicken $8 and fairly small
            Costco for $5 is great and very large
            Magnani is dry and tasteless
            Cafe Rouge is good but pricey at $10

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            1. re: mustardgirl

              $10 is pricey for a good quality chicken? (A high quality raw chicken costs that much or more). Costco is such a salt bomb, I swell while I'm eating it.
              Any more feedback from others on the BB and Cafe Rouge chickens?

              1. re: lmnopm

                I have to agree: the Costco chicken tastes good for one or two bites, and then the saltiness/overseasoning really gets to me.

                Not in Berkeley, but the rotisserie chicken at Culina in the Alameda Marketplace is very good. IIRC they sell it by weight.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Culina sells Mary's free range chickens. they're brined overnight so they're super juice and delish.

                2. re: lmnopm

                  The Cafe Rouge chicken I had was Hoffman and was very moist. I did call ahead (like 45 minutes) and ask them to save me one.

                  1. re: lmnopm

                    I'd like to chime in:
                    Costco bird is way too saturated in salt for me.
                    BB birds are convenient for those of us who shop there, otherwise, i think they're just mediocre.
                    Back in the day when Magnani was on College Ave, their bird was impeccable.