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Chicken! Chicken! in Burlingame: thumbs up

svL | Apr 19, 200308:34 PM

Driving on 101 North yesterday past Burlingame we decided to do a roast chicken take-out from Chicken! Chicken! I've read something about on this board but it was brief and a long time ago. After wondering around Burlingame for a while (the locals kept giving us wrong directions) we found it in the southern part of Burlingame, half a block from the Brothers Deli.

The store has some tables so you can eat in, but it looked like most of their business came from take-outs. The showcase of the place is, of course, a wood-fired oven which had probably a dozen chickens being roasted. They have a regular chicken with herbs and a jerk chicken. We ordered the regular and it was very good. (Next time I want to try the jerk. The guy next to me in the order line happened to be a regular customer and he said that the jerk is very spicy.) The meat of the regular chicken was quite flavorful and moist. Properly salted with some garlic, it had some mild heat as well. The chicken appeared to be of good quality. No Foster Farms-type of fat.

The sides looked good. Stuff we got tasted nicely. We got their Spicy Crisp Vegetables (which turned out to be mostly cauliflower and brocolli in a refreshing and tangy vinegary sauce) and Garlic 'n' Herb Potatoes (large potato chunks in a mixture of garlic, various herbs and some mashed potatoes to hold it all together). They had several other sides such as a spinach pasta, jicama cole slaw, rice and mashed potatoes. All the sides are good size.

A whole chicken is $10.95, sides are either $2.25 or $3.95 depending on size. You can order all kinds of combinations.

Nice place. I wish they had a branch in SF, which I think doesn't have many good roast chicken places. We had a roast chicken discussion a few months ago on this board and one of the surprising conclusions was that many people prefer the Costco chicken. That must say something. Personally, I prefer Gira Polli in North Beach, but since I live in Noe Valley, that's kind of far to go for chicken. I thought that Chicken! Chicken!'s chicken compares favorably to Gira Polli.

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