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Mami Nora's Rotisserie Chicken, Durham, NC

BryanZ | Feb 17, 200802:57 PM

After getting the tip here on CH and reading about this place in the paper, I decided to try it out. It's location near Compare Foods and Roxboro Rd, makes it convenient for shopping as well as putting it the company of a couple fine taquerias.

All in all, this place presents something new--charcoal-cooked rotisserie chicken--that's a step above similar offerings but not necessarily worth a trip alone.

I shared a whole chicken with my friend for $12. Each meal, regardless of size, comes with two sides. We also received two small bowls of chicken-and-vegetable soup comped. The chicken is well seasoned and the charcoal flavor just barely comes through. Grilled chicken this isn't, however, so don't expect tons of smoke and char. The skin wasn't quite crisp, probably due largely to the heavy marinade, but all in all it's a satisfying experience. With a couple bottled drinks, the total for two was $15 and change. Quite cheap for a filling meal.

Sides were standard issue. Not a total waste but not great either. Yucca tasted like it had been fired off long ago but not seasoned. Therefore they were heavy and a bit bland. Sweet plantains were a bit better, skirting that fine line between sugary and starchy.

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