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Feb 24, 2011 01:22 PM

Who makes a really outstanding roast (or rotisserie) chicken?

Simple, right?

Roast chicken. How hard can it be.

But more places than not don't do a very good job. Either you get soggy skin, or tasteless chicken, or sometimes both. And sometimes you simply get a "salt lick" of a chicken dish.

My favorite is the rotisserie chicken at Melisse, served and prepped tableside. But, alas, this is one instance where my bank account and my stomach are not exactly aligned.

So, that being said, where you do go to quench your roast chicken craving?

(NOTE: Not looking for supermarket (i.e., Costco) or fast-food (i.e. Boston Market) chickens.)

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  1. Comme Ca on Monday nights. whole roasted chicken.

    1. Hillstone (formerly Houston's before the name change) in Santa Monica makes a good rotisserie half chicken with crushed herbs, served with dirty rice for $20.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        El Pollo Inka in on Hawthorne Blvd in Lawndale cooks their chicken in a wood burning rotisserie oven and you can taste the difference.

        El Pollo Inka
        15400 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

      2. Cafe Pinot used to make one--not sure if it's still on the menu.

        Cafe Pinot
        700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

        1. I make a pretty great one.

          Seriously, I do.

          No, more seriously, Bouchon does too.

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          1. re: CulverJack

            I second Bouchon's roast chicken - full of flavor!

            1. re: CulverJack

              Having been to Bouchon in Vegas, I can confirm they do make a really great roast chicken! Amazingly crispy skin but super moist breast.

            2. Salt's Cure

              Salt's Cure
              7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046