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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi hbgypsy,

Thanks for the info. Is the Sams Club Roast Chicken the same price as Costco's?

Mar 31, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi omakase,

Thank you for the report back! :) It's great to hear how your dinner went and I'm glad to know Rustic Canyon's Jidori Roast Chicken was enjoyable for you (I love the crisped skin and juicy white meat)! :)

Mar 31, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Wolfgang,

Thanks. :) Yah, I also hope for a crisper skin version at Polllo Ala Brasa (I've gotten it with slightly crisped skin once or twice only). Most of the time it's not crisped (but still delicious).

I still want to try Healthy Family Farms' Chicken; hopefully I can pick it up at the Santa Monica or Hollywood Farmers Market soon.

Mar 31, 2011
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Mori Sushi SOLD

Wow, I disappear for the weekend and get hit with this sad news. :(

Mori-san will be missed for sure.

Mar 29, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi maudies5,

Nice! :) Thanks for the info. Wow, the 4 pound Chicken at the Farmers Market is the smallest size they sell? I'm going to need to try this on a special occasion then (more guests). :)

Mar 26, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi jadekarrde,

Thanks for the recommendation. :) I see they're at the Hollywood Farmers Market as well.

Do you know if they take credit cards, or is it cash only? Thanks.

Mar 25, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi elnora,

Thanks, you're too kind. :) Re: Zankou's Garlic Spread - Oh? It has Egg Whites in it? Good to know. The 3 different people I asked at the cash register on different visits all kept saying, "It's vegetarian. And dairy-free." Thanks for the clarification.

And definitely give Rustic Canyon's Jidori Roast Chicken a try and report back if you can. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Mar 24, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi ellaystingray,

Thank you. :) Your note about the Roast Chicken at Vincenti got me excited! And then I remember Chef Angelini isn't at Vincenti anymore, and I don't see it on the menu (on their website). :( Do you know if they still serve a Roast Chicken, and if they do, how does it compare?

Re: Reddi Chick - Yah, the lovely little courtyard on a sunny day is hard to beat. :) These days, I'm happy to hang out there with something from Sweet Rose Creamery instead. :)

Mar 24, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi chezwhitey,

I've only tried Bouchon (Beverly Hills)'s Chicken, and my guests and I weren't too happy with it. I want to go back and try it again sometime. Yah, I've heard about Chef Keller's Roast Chicken recipe before. I'm going to have to try it once when I get a chance. Thanks! :)

Mar 24, 2011
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Finding great soba in Los Angeles

Hi Ginger9,

If you're driving down to visit Otafuku, you might want to consider doing a taste test then, and try the previously mentioned Ichimian (Bamboo Garden). Fresh, handmade Soba made each morning. Here are 2 Chowhound threads on it:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552864

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657007

Enjoy~ :)

Mar 24, 2011
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Unique, Offbeat yet still healthy and delicious

Hi Jacquelyn,

Welcome to L.A. :)

No Red Meat, Healthy and Gluten-Free? Hm... the veteran Hounds have given you some great suggestions above. Another place you might want to consider is:

* Torihei - Kyoto-style Oden (Stewed Vegetables / Seafood in Homemade Broth) and Yakitori (Roasted Chicken Skewers) Specialist in the South Bay. It's not too far from downtown L.A.

Chef Masa is a master with Yakitori and Chef Sasaki's Oden dishes are pretty healthy, delicate, and wonderful. :) Pics and one discussion here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/602793

and here are some more pics from a follow-up visit:

http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2009/04...

You might consider Rustic Canyon as well; they have a variety of dishes featuring seasonal, fresh Farmers' Market ingredients (and some great meat-based dishes for your friend as well). :)

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Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Torihei
1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

Mar 23, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi EarlyBird,

Thanks. Totally understand. Value is definitely an important factor for many. That's why I still have friends who are perfectly happy with only having to spend $4.99 for a whole Rotisserie Chicken from Costco (nothing wrong with that). :) Only each individual person can answer the question of if one Roast Chicken is worth many times the price of another Chicken they can get elsewhere. But I'd have to say after trying so many Roast Chickens, I'd be happy to eat less of it, but save up and eat higher quality.

Let us know if you end up trying some of these places on the list. :)

Mar 23, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Fru, Jack Flash,

Thanks. I can't wait to stop by the Pasadena Farmers Market and try their Chicken and Beef now. :)

For their 100% Grass Fed Beef, have you noticed a distinct (good) beefiness and flavor that sets it apart from the regular Grass Fed Beef in places like Whole Foods?

And for organs, then that means they sell Organic, 100% Grass Fed Beef Hearts? Interesting. :)

Mar 23, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi J.L.,

Thanks. Do you know if Chef Wellman does a tasting menu? Or did you order all your dishes separately?

Mar 23, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi chezwhitey,

Thanks. :) Ah the you're talking about "Zha Zi Ji" I think, the half or whole Chickens with the crackling, crispy skin? From the ones I've seen prepared, the chef ladles super hot oil over the bird repeatedly, essentially a more delicate "deep fry" I guess. Yah, I wasn't sure about A Frame's entry after hearing that their Chicken was deep fried right before serving, but the overnight marinade, 4 hours of slow roasting first, done in their interpretation of a Peruvian Pollo Ala Brasa... we all felt it was OK to include it.

Mar 23, 2011
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Really good french macaroons at Au Couer De Paris in Westminster (OC)

Hi Das,

Ah! Thanks for the clarification. I thought you meant that in addition a place (Grampy Pat's), that they also sold them at the Gallery, Bruery Provisions, etc. Thanks.

Mar 23, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi wienermobile,

Thanks for the tip. Does the Lawndale location have good turnover? Any times of day where you've found that they're moving a lot of Roast Chickens? Or is it like Pollo Ala Brasa (all times of day are safe)?

Mar 22, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi hyacinthgirl,

Ah darn. So the Roast Chicken randomly appears on the Tasting Kitchen's menu? Well, if it only rotates between Fried Chicken (which you say is delicious) and the Roast Chicken which you love as well, then it should be a win-win either way. :) I'll call ahead and make sure when I get a chance to go, then. Thanks.

Mar 22, 2011
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Really good french macaroons at Au Couer De Paris in Westminster (OC)

Hi Das,

The bread sounds awesome. :) So Sun - Thurs... is Grampy Pat's just closed? Or Wholesale only or something?

Mar 22, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Jack Flash,

That sounds lovely. Is Dey Dey's always at the Pasadena Farmer's Market every week?

And how are their Natural Beef cuts? Thanks.

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi J.L.,

Wow, Petrossian's Jidori Roast Chicken looks and sounds wonderful. High praise coming from you. :) I'm going to have to try it when I can eat Chicken again. When I heard that Petrossian lost Chef Bailly, it dropped a few spots from my "Try List." Now I can't wait to go soon. :) Thanks.

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Jack Flash,

I'd love to know your thoughts on Pollo Ala Brasa (Western). :)

Versailles: Yah, it was on my extended list and I just couldn't consume that much Chicken without some permanent damage. :) Like you, I remember I enjoyed Versailles' Chicken years ago... I think the last time I went was ~5-6 years ago?

I've tried Pollo Campero once a few years ago and thought it was ~OK. Is El Pollo Unico similar?

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Fru,

Don't ever feel intimidated to give a recommendation! :) Wow, Cafe Bizou. I visit my Pasadena Hounds every so often and I always drive by. I'll have to try their Roast Chicken the next time I'm there. :) Have you had their Chicken during Lunch and Dinner? Any difference in quality?

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Nicole,

Thank you. :) What did you think of Rustic Canyon's Jidori Roast Chicken?

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi ElissaInPlaya,

Yah, Rustic Canyon also had one of my favorite Burgers in the Gourmet Burger Battle. I'm really shocked. But, just in case I was losing my mind, both Noah and mollyomormon also found Rustic Canyon's Roast Chicken to be the clear winner. It was so good. And they've been consistent so far, which I'm happy about (wonderful crisp Chicken Skin, juicy, luscious Chicken Breast and dark meat). Just a consistently enjoyable dish in every way. :)

Waterloo & City: I'm so sad! (;_;) I think that's the 500th restaurant I forgot to include in this Roast Chicken Battle. I'll be sure to report back if I can bring myself to eat a Roast Chicken again in the near future. :) If you go, please let us know what you think of it.

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi ns1,

Thanks. :) Any ns1 favorites for perfect Roast Chicken in LA / OC? :)

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi hyacinthgirl,

No no, but thank you. :) Ah, Tasting Kitchen! I've driven by so many times... I need to try this place soon. :) Looking at their menu online...

Is it the "Clucks. Frites" for $22? (^_^; Or is it called something else? Do you know if it's offered every night? Thanks.

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi maiweezy,

No, no. I can only hope this is useful to someone out there. :) Yes, please let us know what you think of the Rustic Canyon Roast Chicken.

Thanks for the rec on El Criollo. Which Roast Chicken did you enjoy there? Looking at their menu, they have 2: Their Pollo Criollo? or their Pollo Asado? Thanks!

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El Criollo
6622 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91405

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi Servorg,

I totally get what you're saying. :) I think this is my last Battle for a long time, if ever. I enjoy eating and love food, but when I hit the 44th visit to eat Roast Chicken in this battle, I hit a brick wall. :( (I may have hit the brick wall earlier, but I definitely couldn't go on by the 44th time. :)

Mar 21, 2011
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Tender, Juicy and Crisp? Roast Chicken Battle - Melisse, Costco, Pollo Ala Brasa, Rustic Canyon, Zankou, A Frame, Gjelina, Marouch, Lola's, and more! [Review] w/ Pics!

Hi foodiemahoodie,

Thanks. Yah, if Melisse was able to deliver the stunning Roast Chicken I had on my 1st visit, during my 2nd visit, there's no question I'd put it #1. It was *that* amazing! Just perfect on so many levels. :)

I had considered sending back the overcooked Chicken during my 2nd visit, but my guest and I both didn't want to wait another hour for another Roast Chicken to be made. That's another tough part... unlike, say, a Burger or a Steak, sending back a Roast Chicken and having them make you a new one is... another hour (at a place where they cook the Chicken just for you). I really feel for a restaurant trying to hit the exact temperature and deliver that perfect Chicken.

But I'm really glad to hear you've been getting great Roast Chicken at Melisse consistently (and from ipse and others)... it means my 2nd visit was more of the fluke, and it means I can go back and enjoy the amazing Roast Chicken again without too much worry. :)

I never tried Anisette's Roast Chicken (in all my visits there). Now I wish I had. Thanks for the report on that.

Mar 21, 2011
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