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Peruvian Rostisserie Chicken

dunndfrnt Aug 14, 2010 11:29 AM

I am peruvian, I have lots of different types, This one ranks up there.

Cuenelli's Rotisserie Chicken
6260 Winthrop Town Centre Ave, Riverview, FL 33578

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  1. sweet_polly RE: dunndfrnt Aug 14, 2010 07:19 PM

    I have seen this place...it's a couple of miles from my home. I noticed that this is your first post on the Chowhound board....do you own or have a stake in this restaurant? I'm burning.

    1. Mild Bill RE: dunndfrnt Aug 14, 2010 09:41 PM

      "I have" lots of different types.... ????

      I personally have no problem if an owner comes on and says; 'hey CH dudes--- pop by my shop when you're in the area and say hello---- we make killer Peruvian rotiss chicken & other excellent stuff....

      If I had a place I would love the opportuity to do that----- but it gotz to be honest....

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        dunndfrnt RE: dunndfrnt Aug 15, 2010 09:47 PM

        I am sorry for the crappy review. I meant to say I had a lot of different ones, in larger cities (miami, new york and other heavily peruvian populated areas) and also in Peru. The chicken is pretty awesome. I also think is consistency, is always fresh not reheated, am never disappointed. The sides are good if not great. The chicken comes with the typical mayonnaise infused hot sauce which is good, you also get a separate sauce a chimichurri like sauce. I havent really tried anything else they make, but its an awesome chicken place.

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          Mild Bill RE: dunndfrnt Aug 16, 2010 07:45 AM


          I'll be in Riverview on the 27th...
          I will go there---- and I will order too much!

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            sweet_polly RE: dunndfrnt Aug 16, 2010 10:58 AM

            Well...now that you put THAT way, I think I must have one of these Peruvian chickens of which you speak for myself. Perhaps I'll stop in for some takeout one evening this week.

          2. blitzchamp RE: dunndfrnt Aug 16, 2010 11:46 AM

            It's funny that you mention this place because I actually just wrote a review about it an hour ago. My friend and I ate at Cuenelli's this past weekend. My friend had their Bisteck a lo Pobre (palomilla steak with rice, beans, plantains, french fries and an egg) and I had a Chicken Sandwich and both were excellent. Service was great as well. It's was my friends first time having Peruvian food and now my friend will be coming back for more. My family are regulars here and order to-go all the time. There's more here with some pictures http://bit.ly/aPp8fP

            Cuenelli's Rotisserie Chicken
            6260 Winthrop Town Centre Ave, Riverview, FL 33578

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              sweet_polly RE: blitzchamp Aug 16, 2010 11:54 AM

              It does sound good. Do you remember if they offered beer and wine, or just soft drinks?

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                blitzchamp RE: sweet_polly Aug 16, 2010 12:02 PM

                I'm pretty sure they don't offer any beer, wine, or liquor, just soft drinks, juices, and coffee.

            2. sweet_polly RE: dunndfrnt Aug 16, 2010 02:48 PM

              Well, thanks a lot! Now that I've decided I MUST have a Peruvian chicken RIGHT NOW...I swung by the place on my way home from to work only to discover that it's closed on Mondays. I am waaayyy too much of an Instant Gratification Girl for this kind of letdown. And now I have to cook. Grrrr. ;)

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                blitzchamp RE: sweet_polly Aug 16, 2010 03:26 PM

                Aw sorry about that, I forgot to mention it here (though I mentioned that in my post). My family finds ourselves wanting Cuenelli's on Mondays too and on numerous times we have forgotten it was closed.

              2. sweet_polly RE: dunndfrnt Aug 19, 2010 02:57 PM

                So, I got my chicken...and it was tres delish! I don't know what spices they rub on it, but it smelled so good I could hardly resist ripping the box open in the car. The texture of the meat is amazing (I wouldn't be suprised if the chicken had been brined) and the flavor is unique and really tasty. I especially liked the creamy, spicy sauces that came with it. I picked up a Family Meal for $17.95 that contained a whole (quartered) chicken and a choice of two sides. I got black beans w/ rice and fried plaintains, and everything was hot, fresh and well above average in taste. The clerk gave me a choice of plain rice or cilantro rice...and why wouldn't I pick the cilantro rice? I'm glad I did because it was delicious, the right texture, and had plenty of clinantro and small veggie pieces in it (corn kernals, peas, small carrot bits and grean bean pieces). The black beans were fine...pretty standard stuff. The fried plantains were perfectly cooked inside with a lovely caramelization on the outside. Everything was hot, fresh and I was out the door quickly. Not sure if I'd want to eat inside the restaurant, just because I like a little more ambience than it offers...but I will definitely be a regular takeout customer.

                Thanks to the OP for the rec! :)

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                  blitzchamp RE: sweet_polly Aug 20, 2010 11:31 AM

                  Yay glad you liked it. If you need a snack sometime and want a sandwich, their chicken and turkey sandwiches are excellent.

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                    CFishman RE: blitzchamp Sep 2, 2010 06:33 PM

                    I hit up Cuenelli's tonight for dinner and really liked it as well. I started with the Yuca Huancaina, fried yuca with a slightly spicy cheese sauce on top. I have had the dish before and wasn't expecting much, but it was done very well. The yuca was fried perfectly and the cheese sauce was much better than "cheese sauce" sounds. Following that was a half-chicken with fries and a salad. The chicken came with two green sauces, which were both excellent. I should have asked for more, but I was too busy eating. The chicken was remarkably moist considering it was late and I was the only one there (you kind of expect something heated-over under those conditions). The skin was crispy and the meat had a deep rich flavor. The fries were good and the salad was refreshing (I don't see many of those). I should have stopped there, but when the counter person told me the Mil Hojas (and a couple of other desserts) was homemade, I had to go for it. I liked it, although it was completely unnecessary after everything that preceded it. The counter person said they were looking for a new location. That is understandable as they are in an "urban style" mini-mall next to a Green Iguana. I lobbied hard for Seminole Heights, but I doubt that will get to the owners. If you are in the area, it's a good meal. I have the sense that there might be more good ethnic stuff out that way. I might have to go troll around sometime. I stopped in at a Puerto Rican/Mexican grocery store for a pre-dinner taco, but there were none to be had. I also passed a nice looking BBQ truck on 301. Now, I am glad that I didn't stop.

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                      CFishman RE: CFishman Jan 15, 2011 02:37 PM

                      Hey, just a heads up that Cuenelli's opened another restaurant off Hillsborough near Anderson. If the internets isn't lying to me the address is 4801 West Hillsborough Ave. We should try to get a meal there sometime. I would have stopped but I was on my way to Tarpon Springs. Rebekah, you were right that the grilled octopus at Mykonos is very good. I am going to have to work on grilling that myself.

                      628 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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                        Mild Bill RE: CFishman Jan 15, 2011 06:05 PM

                        I'll definitely be popping into the new Cuenelli's this week for lunch...
                        I saw it a couple days ago and said 'whaaaaaat?!

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                          sweet_polly RE: CFishman Jan 15, 2011 07:17 PM

                          That's right. They moved out of Brandon. I called them a couple of months ago to ask where they'd landed. Boo...too far fo me. Very casual/uber-affordable yet very chow-worthy. Miss them.

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                            rhnault RE: CFishman Jan 17, 2011 12:23 PM

                            Trust me you don't want to make it yourself. By the time you buy it and have to handle it and parboil it, and then grill it... you won't want to eat it lol. John and I will have to tell you about it next time we see you. It was pretty funny.

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                              CFishman RE: rhnault Jan 17, 2011 01:40 PM

                              I did grill it once but it just came out chewy (no parboiling, that must have been the problem). My wife boiled one recently and it was great. I want to hear the story but I am not giving up on the grilling, yet.

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                                rhnault RE: CFishman Jan 18, 2011 04:35 AM

                                We bought a whole frozen one at the Greek market across from Costa's out in Tarpon. It was not a pretty sight.

                    2. Mild Bill RE: dunndfrnt Jan 18, 2011 06:31 AM

                      Norky's, in the center with Cacciatore Bros, off of Hanley Road in Tampa makes a very fragrant, smokey, and flavorful Peruvian rotisserie chicken... They have a full Peruvian menu as well...

                      When they cut it up and put it in the styro, you can barely close the lid... It's like they use roaster chickens! Consistently... The only bad part about that it that sometimes the thigh jernts are pink... So I'll call it in and ask that they give attention so I get one cooked all the way...

                      Pretty darn good... With a ton of fries and salad for $14.99... (ask for fries well done)
                      And those lil' hot sauces are fun for dippin'...

                      5610 Hanley Rd Ste 110, Tampa, FL 33634

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                        Mild Bill RE: Mild Bill Aug 13, 2011 05:52 PM

                        Well Bill, I dunno... The last two times I went in there the chicken was way too salty, over-seasoned as well as not cooked thru... I picked up a chicken yesterday and 85% is still in the fridge... I used to love the smokey taste and fragrance, but the salt and spices darn near pickled the chicken... The wings were a salt lick... I asked for the fries to be well done & crispy, and the chicken cooked thru, and I waited a looong time---- but the fries were white and floppy and the chicken still had pink joints...

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                          rhnault RE: Mild Bill Aug 14, 2011 05:15 AM

                          We got one about a month ago and it was good. Didn't get any sides though. Definitely was cooked through. May have been a little salty but I like salty. I still think Antioquena has the best chicken around.

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