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mayor al

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Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sat, 04/19/03 9:55 PM (permalink)
Has this chain disappeared from some parts of the country? We used to eat there frequently (in SoCal) but in 2000 it disappeared. We don't have any in the Louisville area that I know of, but see ads on the dish channels that tell us it is operating somewhere???
Anyone know anything about this outfit?
 
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    Stephen Rushmore Jr.

    RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sat, 04/19/03 11:33 PM (permalink)
    It is still around and owned by McDonalds.
     
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      CheeseWit

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      RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sat, 04/19/03 11:36 PM (permalink)
      There are still Boston Markets here in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, but many closed. McDonald's owns Boston Markets now. They also own Donato's Pizza and a mexican style fast food chain. Boston Market (nee Boston Chicken) expanded too quickly and ran into money problems. What was once a darling of Wall Street quickly became a dog.
       
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        jmckee

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        RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Thu, 05/8/03 5:53 PM (permalink)
        A shame what happened, really. We used to love the place, because we love side dishes. Especially the creamed spinach.

        The company got too aggressive. Wanted too many locations too fast. Couldn't manage the growth. Quality was very inconsistent and cleanliness went out the window. The last three times I was at the chain (at three different locations) it was a pigsty. An old college friend of mine was a regional manager for the company here in Cincinnati, and he said they just ran out of gas.

        Once again, the accountants wreck a good idea. It was a great alternative to sandwiches when travelling the interstate system.
         
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          Jennifer_4

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          RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Thu, 05/8/03 5:56 PM (permalink)
          we have one left here in Fresno..but the quality of the food there is bloody awful.
           
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            jessicazee

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            RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Thu, 05/8/03 6:44 PM (permalink)
            There are a few here in the southeastern Wis. area. I go about once a month - I crave the turkey w/mashed potatoes, cornbread, fried apples & coleslaw. A new one even opened up just last year.

            There are also Boston Market frozen foods available here - including the creamed spinach.
             
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              Danhx

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              RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Thu, 05/8/03 8:41 PM (permalink)
              We've still got them in the metro Atlanta area, but like someone else, the quality really went down a few years ago and it still hasn't come back up. What used to taste relatively fresh now has that fast food, processed tinge to it. Gotta love Mickie D's, the botchalism of the food industry.
               
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                Ort. Carlton.

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                RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Fri, 05/9/03 12:49 AM (permalink)
                Dearfolk,
                The first such place I remember was in Tulsa in 1977. Located on South Boston Avenue, it was then known as The Boston Avenue Market, and became one of that city's leading singles' bars. Apparently the pencil-pushers came along and offered them $$$ for their name and concept, and the plagued places began springing up everywhere, sans the "Avenue" appelation of the original.
                I only tried one thing from there: a frozen entree on a dollar-off coupon, doubled by Kroger that week only: they nearly paid me to take it. Don't remember what I chose, but it was so dadblamed salty that neither my mother nor I could finish it. "That's wretched!" Mama expounded, making a horrid face and pouring a scotch-and-water to deaden the taste. I eased the pain with a Blind Man India Brown Ale.
                Can't say I miss the place(s): Huddle House is as chain-ey as I go (unless I'm plumb desperate and stranded) anyway.
                Shedding No Tears (Even Crocodilian Ones), Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia.
                 
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                  wanderingjew

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                  RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Fri, 05/9/03 7:41 AM (permalink)
                  Ok,

                  I have to jump in here. How on earth can a website about unique and regional cuisine have a forum on Boston Market.........Yuck
                   
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                    ConeyIslandLou

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                    RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Fri, 05/9/03 10:29 AM (permalink)
                    You are sort of right wandering..but until the geniuses who ran Mickey D's into the ground took over, Boston CHICKEN was actually pretty good for franchised slop....The whole thing sort of 'jumped the shark' [to borrow another websites terminology!] when it became Boston MARKET....Folks already KNEW that they offered more than chicken...but some suits just didn't trust peoples intelligence,and HAD to change things..
                     
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                      seafarer john

                      RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Fri, 05/9/03 12:02 PM (permalink)
                      I almost ate in a Boston Market once... there were three of us in our party, the place was not busy, they screwed up two of the orders and forgot my order entirely. I left the place without eating anything - lucky me!
                       
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                        kland01s

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                        RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Fri, 05/9/03 12:43 PM (permalink)
                        BM's still abound in Chicagoland however they have a spin off owned by them called Fresh Rostisserie or such. Don't know much about it other than one is being built in the area.
                         
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                          jmckee

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                          RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sat, 05/10/03 11:44 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by kland01s

                          BM's still abound in Chicagoland however they have a spin off owned by them called Fresh Rostisserie or such. Don't know much about it other than one is being built in the area.


                          "BM's still abound"......?

                          Sorry. Not touchin' that one.....
                           
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                            pigface

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                            RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sat, 05/10/03 10:16 PM (permalink)
                            Can't say I've frequented the BM Market ... $10 quarter chicken
                            and they don't appear too busy in metro Detroit ... And Kenny Rogers went out, at least
                            they Roasted over Wood ... But I never tried anything there either ...
                            I Do remember Getting wood roasted rotisserie chicken in the corner of the Philadelphia
                            Reading Terminal Market ... Now I remember that a Good Carry out chickens, just too far from Home
                             
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                              kdiammond

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                              RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sun, 05/11/03 9:08 PM (permalink)
                              If you are ever in the area of the nations capital -- ditch the boston and go with Peruvian-- we have lots of charc rotisseri chick in this area and most are very good (and appx 10-15 for a whole bird)
                               
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                                dbear

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                                RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sun, 05/11/03 10:29 PM (permalink)
                                Boston Market is not a place we Bostonians have ever really taken to heart. It has never seemed a locally rooted place; just another chain that used to be OK as Boston Chicken, grew too fast and was killed, as so many things are, by a**h*** bean counters. We'll happily honor good local places that grew into chains such as Legal Seafoods and Regina's, but Boston Market is not one of these.
                                 
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                                  kland01s

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                                  RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/12/03 11:53 AM (permalink)
                                  Sorry about the "abounding" I noticed that the one I drive past daily has sit down service and serves wine and beer.
                                   
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                                    wanderingjew

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                                    RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/12/03 11:55 AM (permalink)
                                    Enough with Boston Market for crying out loud!
                                     
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                                      gimmepork

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                                      RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/12/03 6:30 PM (permalink)
                                      Kroger has a rotisserie chicken for $3.99 that puts Boston Market to shame.
                                       
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                                        Sundancer7

                                        RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/12/03 6:37 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by gimmepork

                                        Kroger has a rotisserie chicken for $3.99 that puts Boston Market to shame.


                                        Dadgum right they do and it is great, hot, tender, delicious and I can eat a whole one. The have BBQ, lemon pepper and plain. Each time I am there, I buy one, have it double wrapped so it will stay hot and when I get home, WOW!!!

                                        Paul E. Smith
                                        Knoxville, TN
                                         
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                                          HeidiB

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                                          RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/12/03 7:42 PM (permalink)
                                          I think I'd prefer Cracker Barrel over Boston Market anyway. It really has gone downhill-not much reason to go there anymore-although my kids still like it...
                                           
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                                            Sundancer7

                                            RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/12/03 7:49 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by kdiammond

                                            If you are ever in the area of the nations capital -- ditch the boston and go with Peruvian-- we have lots of charc rotisseri chick in this area and most are very good (and appx 10-15 for a whole bird)


                                            I have heard rumours of Peruvian chicken recently. Would you care to elaborate. I have an interest. From what I have heard, it is unique and tasty

                                            Paul E. Smith
                                            Knoxville, TN
                                             
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                                              EliseT

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                                              RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Wed, 05/21/03 1:04 PM (permalink)
                                              Peruvian rotisserie chickens are amazing! They turn in huge rotisserie ovens that have 4 or 5 rotisseries going, 4 chickens to a rotisserie, with huge flames licking at them. For photos to make you drool, check out www.elpolloinka.com To find a similar place near you, any restaurant with Inka in the name is a good bet. There are also other interesting main dishes...Chicken in a breadcrumb/milk/walnut sauce (Aji de Gallina), or spicy Shrimp sauteed with french fries (Saltado de Camarones). But the best and most addictive part of the experience is the incindiery green hot sauce served in plastic ketchup bottles. It has a flavor and creaminess unlike any other sauce I've had. I like to squirt it on the bread while I wait for my order.
                                               
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                                                Michael Hoffman

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                                                RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Wed, 05/21/03 1:15 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by gimmepork

                                                Kroger has a rotisserie chicken for $3.99 that puts Boston Market to shame.

                                                How much? All the Krogers here in central Ohio charge $4.99.
                                                 
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                                                  harriet1954

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                                                  RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/26/03 1:27 PM (permalink)
                                                  The first time I was on Weight Watchers, I would take my daughter to a local Boston Market and I could eat their turkey platter because I knew that I could eat it and still lose the weight. Then one night we both gotHORRIBLY SICK froo it! Never ate there again and it's been a good 6 years. It's on Route 73 in Berlin, NJ,and it's still there. I totally ignore it.
                                                   
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                                                    jeffskal

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                                                    RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Mon, 05/26/03 9:21 PM (permalink)
                                                    Here in the San Fernando Valley (CA) Boston Market was pretty good, a MUCH BETTER alternative to fast-food burgers, (and the kids would eat there!) around here until McD's took over - they closed most of them,
                                                    and the ones that are left in out-of-the-way places. I still hear commercials for them on the radio,
                                                    and I laugh - just *try* and find them!
                                                     
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                                                      aazzaa

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                                                      RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Tue, 05/27/03 12:53 AM (permalink)
                                                      You should move to Australia, the places are multiplying here faster than McDonalds!!!
                                                       
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                                                        EliseT

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                                                        RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Sat, 05/31/03 2:39 AM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by jeffskal

                                                        Here in the San Fernando Valley (CA) Boston Market was pretty good, a MUCH BETTER alternative to fast-food burgers, (and the kids would eat there!) around here until McD's took over - they closed most of them,
                                                        and the ones that are left in out-of-the-way places. I still hear commercials for them on the radio,
                                                        and I laugh - just *try* and find them!


                                                        Have you checked out Zankou Chicken yet? I think the one on Nordoff near CSUN closed, but they are still in Glendale and Hollywood, maybe more locations I haven't found yet...
                                                         
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                                                          danimal15

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                                                          RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Wed, 11/19/03 4:46 PM (permalink)
                                                          Used to go to Boston Chicken a lot in the mid-90's. It was a decent place for a quick pick-up meal. But when the name changed to Boston Market, it went downhill fast. I still see a few around the Chicago area, but never go.

                                                          Anyone who's in Chicago and wants a good chicken dinner should make a fast run over to the Athenian Room on Webster Street just west of Halsted and order the Kalamata chicken. I haven't had it for months and I'm craving it. Crunchy skin redolant of vinegar, with vinegar-tinged crispy fried potatos snuggled underneath. I went here for my pre-bachelor party dinner.
                                                           
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                                                            Pwingsx

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                                                            RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken Wed, 11/19/03 11:25 PM (permalink)
                                                            I believe Boston Market originated here in Colorado, in Colorado Springs, I think.

                                                            They're still around here. Went through some really shaky times, but believe they have rallied.
                                                             
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