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Oct 22, 2013 08:59 PM

Best Roast Chicken $20 and under

So I love roast chicken. It is a recent food love that started in the last few years when I began to roast them at home. Thank the lord for cast iron skillets, thermapens, and the French person who isolated the elements of mire poixe. Now that I have a child, I find myself with less and less time to cook and a grand substitution is in order. While I fully understand that a splurge worthy restaurant like Melisse may make a bird that would make someone like me swoon to no end, I'm kinda broke for that place.

I know and worship Pollos a la Brasa on Western. Though they may suffer from inconsistency and dare I say an overall quality decline since they started taking credit cards, I still like the Zankou and their paste that could make poi palatable. Im looking for a few more options, up to $20 out the door for a quality roasted bird. Downtown adjacent becomes even more appealing as I find this meal to comforting and if I aint making it, it's gonna be a carryout situation, with netflix fully cued up.


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  1. bba - if a Gelson's is close by, their Free Range Roasted Chicken for I believe $9.99 is quite the deal. Very flavorful.
    You would have the Silver Lake store on Hyperion or the Hollywood one on Franklin to chose from when thinking downtown LA proximity.

          1. re: Stravinsky

            While The Weekly had reported back in January of this year that TiGeorge's "was" going to close at the end of that month Yelp has reports as late as 2 weeks ago of people eating here/taking out.

            See here:

            Can someone confirm whether or not they are still open? I'll try the phone later if no one chimes in definitively, one way or the other.

            1. re: Servorg

              TiGeorge's is OPEN for business. I just spoke with the owner. He said he plans to be there until at least 6 tonight, and later if customers are still coming in the door. So the reports of TiGeorge's closing are COMPLETELY wrong.

              1. re: Servorg

                Good reporting.

                Perhaps a new thread worthwhile to announce that?

                It's nice to hear. I always thought it was among the best chicken with the avocado wood they use.

                1. re: Servorg

                  such a weird concidence. I took a different route home last night trying to avoid traffic on the 110 and noticed a sign that said "Wood Fired Chicken" on the sidewalk. So I looked and it was TiGorge's. Never had heard of this place before, so I quickly googled it on my phone and the pics looked amazing. I've never had haitian food.

                  I was going to ask CH if anyone has ever been here since I don't ever recall this place being talked about. So I'm assuming it's really good?

                  1. re: TailbackU

                    With that kind of 'coincidence' I'd say it's a message for you to check it out :).
                    It's got to be *that* good.

          2. *Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken
            19092 Beach Blvd
            Ste S
            Huntington Beach, CA 92646

            *Chicken Maison
            3332 S Bristol St
            Santa Ana, CA 92704

            Better than Zankou West LA.

            *And of course at home if you take the time to brine overnight (salt, pepper, lemon, thyme, rosemary, +/- marjoram, garlic, and bit of brown sugar) a Bristol Farms free range chicken. Pat dry, rub a little olive oil on the skin, and roast 400 degrees for 60-90 minutes until the thigh juices run clear. Crispy skin, moist breast meat, and thoroughly cooked dark meat. I also add shiitake and white mushrooms the last 30 minutes which creates a delicious jus. Perfect with a glass of burgundy.

            6 Replies
            1. re: Porthos

              You beat me to it.

              Big +1 on Chicken Maison. The spicy lemon garlic is my favorite.

              1. re: Porthos

                Retracting my previous rec for PRC. Re-tried it this weekend and it had a very acrid smokey taste. Like someone went a bit heavy on the liquid smoke. Tossed out half.

                I'll add the half roast chicken at Bella Cuba in exchange. Better than Versailles in my experience.

                1. re: Porthos

                  +1 on Bella Cuba. I'm going for lunch tomorrow, and I have a really hard time not ordering that dish.

                  Any other suggestions, Porthos? Your recommendation for the Arroz con Pollo was right on.

                  1. re: OCSteve

                    I cycle between the arroz con pollo, roasted half chicken, ropa vieja, and rabo in about a 5:1:1:1 ratio. The rabo encendido (oxtail) is excellent but messy.

                    If I have a group with me, I add the yucca rellena or platanos rellenos to share. The platanos rellenos come 4 to an order: 2 beef filling and 2 pork. I prefer the beef so I request all beef.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Thanks! I've had the oxtail. It's very good. I also really like the vaca frita. I may have to try the ropa vieja.

                      1. re: Porthos

                        Just to follow up, I tried the ropa vieja last week. Very good. Thanks for the rec.

                2. Not roasted but the smoked chicken at Bludso's is about $13.