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Berkeley - Poulet – the chick on the corner – take her out

rworange | Oct 22, 2005 02:42 AM

Why doesn’t anyone ever mention this place on the corner of Shattuck and Virginia? It has some really good take-out food.

THERE WAS ONLY ONE MENTION ON CHOWHOUND … and that was by someone asking people to attend a lunch, but nothing about the food.

Tasty roast chickens, fresh salads, stuffed sandwiches, a nightly special entree, and homey baked goods. There are a number of veggie options. There are a few tables for an eat-in option and, as SF Chronicle article says, they are very child friendly. They have an interesting catering menu and have box lunches. It rings a few Chowhound bells … why the silence?

The skinless roast adobo chicken with a rich red spice coating had layers of flavor. The cole slaw, lightly dressed, is one of the better in the Bay Area. The beets with bits of greens and a hint of orange were delicious. The lemon garlic chicken was fine, but not as good as the adobo chicken.

They have six different chicken salads. The poulet classic chicken salad, dressed with a creamy home made mayo and mixed with celery, capers and scallions was lovely

The roast chickens are not in the same class as Lola’s or Café Rouge (finally tried it), but it is vastly superior to anything in a supermarket deli or even the Bread Workshop. At $8.50 for a whole bird, it is almost half the price of the Bread Workshop birds.

Pieces are really inexpensive: wings - .80, drumstick - $1, thigh/leg - $2.50, Breast - $2.74. A half a chicken is $4.50. In addition to lemon and adobo, there is roast teriyaki chicken. A meal with one or two small sides could run less than $5. There’s another Chowhound category – cheap eats.

On the side there’s a case of cookies that include chocolate whopper, walnut shortbread, anzec, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. I liked the chocolate whopper, an obviously large chocolate cookie with chocolate chips.

The link to the old Chronicle review says it best

“Poulet is like a cafeteria set up at your grandmother's house -- after she's taken a few cooking classes and gotten hip to vegetarian food.”

The only other mention on the entire WWW said

“Despite its French name, the offerings here are varied, from North Africa, Asia, Italy and the American South.” On one visit there was jambalaya and a pulled pork sandwich with slaw … on an Acme roll. Though the chickens are not organic (size issues), the meat is Niman Ranch, the egg salad organic and the turkey is Diestal.

The Chronicle article below says that the owner, Marilyn Rinzler, started Poulet when, as a graduate student and mother of two, she wanted a place to pick up a healthy, no nonsense dinner to bring home for dinner after classes. Today, some of the supermarket delis would probably satisfy her needs. But 26 years ago, when poulet started, there wasn’t that option. It seems to me the quality and selection at Poulet is much better than Andronico’s or Berkeley Bowl’s` deli … and less expensive.

The nightly special for October include:

Monday - Skewered Persian chicken drumsticks served with zucchini tomatoes and garlic. Saffron couscous.

Tuesday - Pomegranate Walnut Chicken served with roasted cauliflower, bulgar wheat pilaf.

Wednesday – Curry Barbeque chicken served with sautéed chard and basmati rice

Thursday Moroccan Chicken with preserved lemons and olives served with couscous and glazed carrots

Friday - Roasted pork loin and apple chutney served with mashed potatoes

Saturday – Buttermilk fried chicken with coleslaw and corn bread.

The catering menu is more adventurous and here are some examples:


Crabmeat frittata with tomatoes and herbs
Sesame rice ball with smoked salmon & wasabi
Assorted foccacia – mushroom, olive, pancetta, goat cheese, endive or brie
Pate Platter with duck mousse, truffle mousse, country pate, cornichon


risotto & truffle bundles with filo, pork
Roasted potato slices topped with trout mousse
Mascarpone cheese puffs
Mini chicken bastillas
Roasted squash empanadas
Tamarind tofu skewers
Salmon & taro cakes served with raita
Thai shrimp kebab (ginger, jalepeno, lime)

1685 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709-1611
(510) 845-5932

Some reviews



Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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