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Oct 9, 2009 01:38 PM

ISO Roast Chicken near Leslieville

Can anyone recommend where I can get a good roast chicken (cooked, not fresh) near Leslieville? When we lived in BWV we often drove over to Dupont to a few portuguese places but haven't come across anything similar around here in the east end. Doesn't have to be portuguese chicken, just not Swiss Chalet. Thanks!

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  1. Just don't go to Tasty Chicken which is a drinking hole. Have never seen nary a feather nor a wing from this spot.

    I have purchased chickens from Loblaws at the Lakeshore location. This might not be what you want. I am interested in seeing what the suggestions are.

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    1. re: Zengarden

      Speaking of Loblaws, we were at the recently renovated one on Bayview and thought the roast chicken looked fantastic, and only $10. It's definitely on our list to try.

      1. re: millygirl

        I was at the Redway location yesterday, and the smell of roast chicken filled the whole store. Very tempting!!!

        1. re: Full tummy

          I think the Queens Quay Loblaw's still has a real rotisserie. The one at Redway was replaced by a combi-oven when they renoed the store. A combi-oven may be easier to use and more versatile, but the skin ain't the same.

          One problem with all of the supermarket chickens: they are cooked to well above the temperature that ensures safety, and then stored under sufficient heat to yield dessicated white meat and flabby skin.

          1. re: embee

            The Loblaws that I am referring to is the small one at Bayview and Millwood, not Redway.

            1. re: millygirl

              Full tummy mentioned Redway. I haven't been in the one on Moore since the reno.

              1. re: millygirl

                I just read an ad today for the Loblaws I am referring to - it's actually on Moore and apparently their chickens are Beretta Farms all natural rotisserie chickens.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    Thanks for the lead.

                    They are, indeed, selling better chickens, with better seasoning, made on a real rotisserie, at this store. Much better than the chickens they sell at Leslie St or at my usual Loblaws in that area (Millwood).

                    The good news is that the chicken was very tasty. The bad news is that they are (naturally) complying with the letter of the TPH recommendations and cooking to a much higher than necessary temperature. Thus, the white meat was seriously overcooked. Too bad really, since it could have been excellent.

                    Since they honoured the coupon that has been floating around, I got the chicken, a 454 g salad (boring but edible) and potatoes (we didn't much like them, but others might) ,and a bag of PC chocolate chip cookies, for $10. The regular price for the chicken is $9.99, which is two bucks more than they charge for the inferior chickens at Leslie.

                    1. re: embee

                      We tried one for the first time the other night and thought it was very good. Ours was not dry at all (at least for store bought). We happily chowed down. Didn't even know about the coupon so we just bought the chicken for $10 which we felt was a good deal and would def do on a regular basis. When my SO picked it up, it was about 5 p.m. and they only had about 6 left. I think the word is getting out.

                      p.s. Embee I am tickled to be able to provide you with a lead :) Quite an honor, I'd say.

                      1. re: embee

                        Wow! I am so excited. Thanks, millygirl. That seems like a very reasonable price for an (albeit overcooked) chicken from Beretta.

                        And, embee, where to get the coupon??

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          They were circulating in a booklet a few weeks ago on feeding your family on the cheap. You don't need a coupon to get the $10 deal without the cookies, though Moore Av didn't display the sign advertising this that other stores do have. I believe today is the final day, though.

                          1. re: embee

                            Ahhhh! Thanks embee. Not so fond of the add-ons anyway, though I have to say I did once enjoy an edamame salad from Superstore--not bought as part of the chicken deal, as they usually have only a few salads for that, and they're the cheaper potato, macaroni, coleslaw tubs.

          2. It might be a bit far but the Churrasco Chicken place in the St. Lawrence Market is really nice. I unfortunately can't think of anywhere in Leslieville that would be what you are looking for (other than Loblaws)....

            1. Loic Gourmet at Queen & Broadview sells whole, half and quarter rotisserie chickens.


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              1. re: jayzie1

                Good thinking. I seemed to remember seeing it on their menu. Is it something they always have? Have you tried it?


                1. re: Full tummy

                  Yes, they always have the chicken. It's delicious.

              2. Have you tried Georges BBQ on Queen just east of Coxwell? You could just grab one of those and make your own piri piri sauce. (or if you really don't want too much work, just use Frank's red hot)