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Roast Chicken - LA Dish of the Month (Dec 2012)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for Dec 2012 is roast chicken. Here's a link to the voting thread:

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of roast chicken as possible during the month of December! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

All types of roast chicken are fair game, and there are many to try!! Looking forward to seeing what people find, and would like to reiterate that the point of this project is to go out and actually eat the dish *this* month. Reports on past experiences are great, but the idea is to go out and try roast chicken now!


Dave MP

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  1. Where's exilekiss when we need him?

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    1. re: JAB

      I hear ya...that roast chicken run-down is epic:


      When I ponder the question, I realize that most of my primo roast chicken experiences have been out of town (Zuni Cafe - SF and Craigie on Main - Boston), and most of the roast chicken I eat at home I cook myself. Looking forward to the development of this thread for some more inspiration.

    2. I love A-Frame's Crackling Beer Can Chicken. Crispy, cracklin skin, tender & juicy on the inside. Oh my...so good.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        I second that. I would go there and just eat that. Oh wait, I do go there and just eat that. :)

        I know this is slightly off topic, but have you had their fried chicken? How does it compare?

        1. Rustic Canyon and Catch are still the best, to me.

          1. Exilekiss is missed...

            Don't usually order roast chicken when dining out - find it boring and dry for the most part. But the 2 that I like are from A-Frame (as mentioned above) and Pollo a la Brasa. Looking forward to what this thread can provide :)

            1. Has anyone had the roast chicken at Bouchon? I haven't. but they feature it for their Sunday Night dinner. Love Fired Chicken night on Mondays!

              1. Brick chicken at Sotto is great.

                1. Went to Playground last night in Santa Ana.

                  Roast jidori chicken was delicious. Skin I'm assuming was good because someone kept eating it all before I would get my hands on any. The meat was moist, tender, and flavorful. Obviously brined. It was topped with a chimichurri sauce which I think might have been made with arugula. Very good.

                  Incidentally, the fried chicken here is awesome. The breast meat is absurdly moist and flavorful. The crust is not too thick. The vinegar that it was tossed with makes it easy to down an entire order without help.

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                  1. re: Porthos

                    You win the prize of being the first poster to post an actual roast chicken dish that you tried *this* month.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Think I won last month also for BBQ Brisket also ;)

                      1. re: Porthos

                        Last month you were not only the first, but also last ...

                        (Love the new avatar, btw)

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Let's hope more people actually play dish of the month this month.

                          Changed my Avatar about 2 years ago when Yasuda retired. I think this one sums me up pretty nicely.

                  2. Do sandwiches count?

                    Just had a Roast Chicken Sandwich from Fiore Market Cafe in So. Pasadena. Chicken was tender and moist (not dry like in most sandwiches), but the walnut pesto in the sandwich was the highlight of the creation. And who can complain when it comes packaged in two thick slabs of homemade bread.

                    (As an aside, the Pork Rillettes sandwich is mighty fine, as long as you have a bottle or two extra of Zocor at home).


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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Definitely counts! That makes 2 actual reports for dish of the month. A new record!

                    2. In the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park tri-neighborhood area, our usual go-to's for roast chicken are The Kitchen or The Park. A couple of weeks back we tried Black Hogg's version.

                      The Kitchen's is a perennial favorite - love the garlicy sauce it's topped with - and The Park's is just so damn good - the side of fries is always crisp and tasty and the bed of otherwise unadorned arugula the jidori chicken rests on soaks up the juices and provides a complimentary flavor and texture. Black Hogg easily gives either dish a run for its money. Simple presentation - just a half chicken and really solid fries - but the flavors are all there. Crispy skin. White meat that avoids being overcooked. Solid side of crispy belgian style fries.

                      1. While eating a scumptious pork chop at Salt's Cure the other night, I was close enough to see (since seated at the bar right in front of the open air kitchen) an awesome looking, perfectly browned roast chicken being plated. LOL. Yes, I know I just saw it...but really, it made an impression on me, and I intend to return before the end of the month and eat it. (dropping head in shame...FAIL)

                        1. So far this month, only a run to Zankou, (Hollywood location) at the Woman In The Hat's request; pretty good, (breast not TOO dry) though not the best that it's ever been. The Pup will be back in town briefly and we'll take another run at the Venice Bl Versailles and report back.

                          1. I just had Costco's Rotisserie Chicken soup. It was incredible. Packed full of flavorful and -- somehow -- still moist chicken. Really, really good...though not exactly the topic of this DOM.

                            1. This has been, well, a spectacular failure.

                              By my count there's been only 5 "live" accounts of actual roast chicken reports for December.

                              It's already the 23rd. Time is nigh.

                              [hangs head in shame]

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                That about 100-300% more live reports than BBQ Brisket and previous neighborhood of the months! Success!

                                Chicken feet next month? ;)

                                1. re: Porthos

                                  Chicken feet??!!

                                  We need to set the bar much much much lower.

                                  How about ... water?

                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                  I don't think 5 live accounts equals a spectacular failure. It's still 5 great reports!

                                  I do think it would be wise for Los Angeles hounds to vote for Dishes of the Month that they are likely to want to eat multiple times and that are easy to find. I personally don't think BBQ brisket or roast chicken fall into this category as well as, say, tamales or pickles, which were both successful dishes in SF. So that's something to consider for January!

                                  But the best way to get great reports is to lead by example, which you're doing really well, ipsedixit, so don't get discouraged! The chicken sandwich you described sounds great!

                                  Dave MP

                                  1. re: Dave MP

                                    Can we have a new rule, Dave?

                                    If you vote for a particular dish, and it wins, you have to try that dish that month. If you don't then you are banned from voting for the "Dish of the Month" the next month.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      This sounds a little bit too strict :)

                                      But I am certainly comfortable saying that those who vote for a dish of the month should do their very best to sample it and report back, too....it's all part of making the experience as rewarding as possible.

                                      1. re: Dave MP

                                        Not always easy for those of us with small children and family in town for the holidays..... December is an extremely busy month as it is..... I'm still trying, just haven't been anywhere with it on the menu this month. I could tell you about roast chicken dinners I liked around here in the past, but that's just not the same, is it?

                                  2. I don't know why it's so hard to eat a specific dish even when I aim to.....anyway I just had the salty chicken with rice at Sam Woo's and it was very good. Served on the bone and enough for 2, $6.50! I have also had the Takakis chicken with their chimi churri sauce and fries that also was excellent!

                                    1. I won't bury the lede... we bought a house. A fixer.

                                      And since picking up the keys last week, I've been overcome by every irrational fear possible, it's so not me (My CW even suggested it might be PTSD since I had a traumatic house move once as a child)... also not like me... I've completely lost my appetite for everything...

                                      For the last couple of days, P. has started to really worry and has been trying to get me excited about eating ANYTHING. Porchetta truck? No. Salbutes & Lemon Pie at Flavors of Belieze? Nope. A latte at Cog Coffee with Proof Pastries? Ugh. Today he was just about to lose hope when we went to run errands and decided to stop by Dino's on Pico near Vermont to finally try their famous chicken.

                                      We put in one order of the Chicken with Fries, Tortillas (3) and small coleslaw and A medium sprite. It all came in at about $7.31...

                                      Our order came instantly, we sat down in the dining room. As soon as he opened up the clamshell container, the smell just hit me. Charry Chicken, Spices, and a whiff of vinegar... For once, it didn't even occur to me to take a picture. I just grabbed one of the run of the mill tortillas, hacked off some chicken and added some of the soggy fries on top. I ate in it 2 seconds...

                                      While gnawing on the chicken wing, I commented to P. "I think I like this better than Pollo ala Brasa" His eyes lit up, relieved that I was talking about something other than moving disasters and copper thieves...

                                      He on the other hand, while really liking Dinos, likes Pollo ala Brasa better. Since what makes Dino's killer was the marinade and the fries. Polla ala Brasa is a better chicken

                                      I counter that I actually prefer the charriness of the Dinos Chicken, rather than at the at times nauseating (especially for me right now... ) smoke flavor of Pollo ala Brasa. "Next time, we'll get the rice and beans and compare those and then I think we'll figure out the real winner..."

                                      By the time I said this, the clamshell was empty... And we then debated on whether Dinos would actually qualify for those post (Probably not... sorry!!!) but I decided when I came home, to post this anyway because for the first time in a while, I can't wait to go back... :)


                                      1. chow hound is one of my favorite times of the month, I'll start participating hardcore. Truly, I love all this non-sense, it makes me feel I'm at the bar talking to a bunch of locals about wonderful things no one else really cares about, I'm all in!!! Great job Dave.