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Best grocery store rotisserie chicken

tah1234 Dec 2, 2012 01:35 PM

Hello there. I haven't been thrilled with the offerings of Provigo/Loblaws and am wondering if you have had better luck elsewhere. I noticed that now some Walmart stores are now offering chickens.

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    BLM Dec 25, 2012 11:25 AM

    Anyone have tasted the rotisserie chicken at Abu Elias in VSL? Wonder if it's very good & what price they charge for one whole rottiserie chicken.

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      ampersand Dec 24, 2012 04:39 AM

      Costco in Pointe-Claire is by far the best in the West Island. Tender, plump and juicy, even the white meat, for only $7.99.

      Try their extra large, all-beef hot dogs, too. $1.50 will get you one with a large drink. Best deal in town. And the fixings are plentiful: onions, sauerkraut, hot peppers and more!

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        lagatta Dec 19, 2012 07:37 AM

        Not really rôtissserie, but Milano on boulevard St-Laurent in Petite-Italie has roast chickens with rosemary and other herbs.

        1. hungryann Dec 7, 2012 07:34 PM

          I picked up a chicken from Mourelatos in VSL this week; they call it BBQ chicken but it's rotisserie. It was really good with nice crispy skin, moist meat and good seasoning. Their lemon potatoes and grilled veggies were also good.

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            chickenbruiser Dec 3, 2012 01:24 PM

            Maison du roti on Mt. Royal (between papineau and de lorimier) has some good birds, smallish, for under 10$ although I think they are more classified as roasted than rotisserie... (I don't see any turning ;))
            there's also that place in Little Italy not far from Milano's... I haven't tried but they look good from the window....

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              lagatta Dec 5, 2012 05:53 PM

              What place, the little Latin American place? Is that still open? Milano now sells roast chickens, for a reasonable price, but they don't have a rôtisserie in the store as far as I can see, so who knows?

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                chickenbruiser Dec 7, 2012 04:06 PM

                Yes, I think the Latin American place.... are they still there?
                If it's closed.. sorry... it's one of those memory things when you think... "Hey, I should try one of those chickens"... then you still go to the area and never really notice if it's gone until you think about it.

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                  kpzoo Dec 7, 2012 04:28 PM

                  The little Portuguese rotisserie chicken place that used to be near Milano has been closed for quite a while. I was sad, because it was really good and unbelievably cheap.

                  But now Milano does their own chickens...

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              sophie.brunet Dec 3, 2012 09:18 AM

              I know the show L'Épicerie on Radio Canada had done a comparison of a lot of major grocerie chain's rotisserie chicken, both in terms of taste and nutritious value (salt, fat, etc) and price. I cant remember the winner but I'm sure you can find the show on tou.tv. Its only in french though...

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                EaterBob Dec 3, 2012 09:47 AM

                Tout.tv only does this season, Radio-Canada has them all including this one:

              2. SnackHappy Dec 2, 2012 03:16 PM

                The best I've had have been Costco chickens. To me, everything else is the same crap.

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                  hungryann Dec 2, 2012 03:53 PM

                  I agree the Costco chickens are great and very reasonably priced.

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                    mattlane Dec 2, 2012 04:44 PM

                    But salty as hell...


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                      cherylmtl Dec 2, 2012 05:59 PM

                      I find most grocery store chickens far too salty (although Maitre Boucher's is an exception). Usually, if I want rotisserie chicken, I will get it from either Chalet, Romados, or Coco Rico.

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                        maj54us Dec 3, 2012 06:52 AM

                        romados ? they now have rotisserie chicken? Are you sure you don't mean charcoal grilled chicken. These are 2 different products in my book.

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                          Ghostquatre Dec 3, 2012 09:51 AM

                          Just because it's cooked over a charcoal flame doesn't mean it cannot be rotisserie.

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                            SnackHappy Dec 3, 2012 10:25 AM

                            One does not exclude the other, but Romados chicken is grilled Portuguese-style and not cooked in a rotisserie.

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                              Ghostquatre Dec 3, 2012 10:35 AM

                              charcoal rotisserie

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                                C70 Dec 3, 2012 11:02 AM

                                rotisserie is not the same as on a grill, ghost.

                                or is this gadget called a rotisserie too? http://notable.ca/images/large_thumbn...

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                                  Ghostquatre Dec 3, 2012 12:40 PM

                                  if it rotates, it's rotisserie to me.
                                  But yeah people use terms interchangeably here in Montreal. BBQ=Rotisserie=Grilled=Braised.... BBQ/gravy sauce...

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                                  SnackHappy Dec 3, 2012 11:05 AM

                                  Technically, you're right, but it's not what is understood as rotisserie chicken in a Montreal context.

                            2. re: maj54us
                              cherylmtl Dec 3, 2012 06:21 PM

                              tomato, tomahto - whether it's cooked on a rotisserie, or a charcoal grill, it's just as good IMHO - but yes, Chalet and Coco Rico are "true" rotisserie, and Romados is not, but it's still one of my go-to takeout chickens.

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                                maj54us Dec 3, 2012 07:16 PM

                                @cherylmtl: Sorry but I'm not trying to play smarty pants here but you are wrong to think that.
                                But you are so right to like both styles.

                                I love the taste of Cote St-Luc Rotisserie chicken and love my chicken on the grill at portugalia. less of ramados these days. They are a factory now and cook their chicken to much in advance thus making it on the dry side.

                                In my book it's two different products and tastes.
                                Grilling involves direct heat.

                                Roasting uses diffused heat as in an oven.

                                You can have a rotisserie that is fueled by charcoal but will it give the same taste and texture than a charcoal grill ? I'm curious to find out if a restaurant has a charcoal rotisserie.

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                                  catroast Dec 3, 2012 07:55 PM

                                  chalet bbq uses charcoal

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                                    maj54us Dec 4, 2012 07:46 AM

                                    good to know will pay more attention next time I eat there to see if you detect the charcoal aromas in the chicken.

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                              Tom34 Dec 4, 2012 08:02 AM

                              Salt and fat are 2 of the key "natural" ingredients many grocery store rotisserie chickens are pumped up with.

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                                Ghostquatre Dec 4, 2012 08:30 AM

                                Meh I don't mind, it's salty but not too salty and I like how the breasts are never dry.

                                Also speaking of Chalet, they do use charcoal but I believe they have a special method of cooking their chickens so it ressembles more a rotisserie chicken. There's less chewy char on the skin and more moisture in the meat.

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                        catroast Dec 2, 2012 02:15 PM

                        by far the best rotisserie chicken is at the IGA in cote-st-luc shopping center. It is very similar to chalet bbq

                        1. kpzoo Dec 2, 2012 01:49 PM

                          Not a chain, but Maitre Boucher on Monkland has amazing rotisserie chicken, in fine herb, BBQ, and sometimes other variations. Succulent, juicy and flavourful. About $12 for a very large chicken.

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