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Route 11

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Chicken In the Rough Wed, 06/25/03 12:43 PM (permalink)
Are there any of these still out there? The last one I remember seeing was in New Market, VA. It was MD's, and had a crumbling tourist court surrounding it. The chicken was great! The signs are even better. The chicken with the cigar and golf knickers was so appetizing!
 
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    cygne

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    RE: Chicken In the Rough Wed, 06/25/03 1:25 PM (permalink)
    Recall a "Chicken in the Rough" in Port Huron Michigan.
     
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      kland01s

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      RE: Chicken In the Rough Wed, 06/25/03 1:45 PM (permalink)
      I remember one in Chicago in the early 1950's. I was real little but I remember that we went to it fairly frequently. It would have been on the North side, we lived on West Diversy until 1952 when we moved to "the country".
       
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        Route 11

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        RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 06/26/03 1:09 PM (permalink)
        Another would be DeVivi's Chicken In the Rough in Orange, VA. If anyone likes the chicken design, EBay's got tons of listings under heading.
         
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          Michael Stern

          RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 06/26/03 1:52 PM (permalink)
          From the Roadfood postcard archives:

           
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            Route 11

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            RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 06/26/03 6:00 PM (permalink)
            Cool postcard, Michael! The sign's still up for the one in New Market. If I had more space I'd buy it.

            I guess CIR wasn't a New England thing. Don't recall ever hearing of them up in the frozen north.

             
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              pigface

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              RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 06/26/03 6:08 PM (permalink)
              This was the ONLY place I ever heard of CIR
              But it isn't even mentioned in this ad ...
              http://www.annarbor.org/pages/haabs.html
              Food's Good ... Ain't that what we're here for ?
               
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                Michael Stern

                RE: Chicken In the Rough Fri, 06/27/03 7:05 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Route 11

                I guess CIR wasn't a New England thing. Don't recall ever hearing of them up in the frozen north.




                Basically, I think you're right, but oddly enough, we're just finishing a cookbook with Carbone's restaurant in Hartford, and learned that they used to be a chicken in the rough outlet! It's a most unlikely place -- one of the great old, family-run Italian restaurants around here, since the 1930s, but back when it opened, Italian food was so declasse that the Carbone family named their place "The Southern Plantation" and augmented their spaghetti dinners with chicken in the rough!
                 
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                  Michael Stern

                  RE: Chicken In the Rough Fri, 06/27/03 7:07 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by pigface

                  This was the ONLY place I ever heard of CIR
                  But it isn't even mentioned in this ad ...
                  http://www.annarbor.org/pages/haabs.html
                  Food's Good ... Ain't that what we're here for ?


                  Omigod! I can't believe Haab's is still there. I used to eat there (when I had some cash) back in the Nixon era. I don't remember the chicken in the rough, but I do remember some great ham and roast beef.
                   
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                    jkagey12

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                    RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 3:46 PM (permalink)
                    My mom used to cook at the chicken in the rough in new market. used to always go over and eat the french fries! anyway just brought back some memories!
                     
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                      Route 11

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                      RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 6:06 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by jkagey12

                      My mom used to cook at the chicken in the rough in new market. used to always go over and eat the french fries! anyway just brought back some memories!


                      I went in 1989, 1990 and 1991. My family loved it, and I'm sad to see the whole motor court gone. The sign's still there. There's also postcard on ebay with a shot of the pre-restaurant MD's.

                       
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                        KimChee43

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                        RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 6:33 PM (permalink)
                        Just curious...what made "Chicken In the Rough" so special to those of you who were privileged enough to have tried it? Sure wish I had the opportunity these days. Is there some sort of recipe available? Thanks!
                         
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                          Ralph Isbill

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                          RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 6:46 PM (permalink)
                          How about a little history lesson; Back in the 40's a couple from Oklahoma, Beverly Osborn (I can't remember the wifes name) drove to California. The wife had fried chicken for the trip. (this was common in those days) As they were eating along side the highway, Beverly said to his wife "This is chicken in the rough" When they returned to Oklahoma, they started a resturant named Beverly's Chicken in the rough. He had three resturants here in Oklahoma City, one still open. He sold the trade mark, the chicken with cigar and golf club. We have seen this trademark in a lot of places in our travels. They did have good food, and Beverly's still serve a good breakfast in thier little place at Penn. Ave and Northwest highway.
                           
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                            markolenski

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                            RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 8:04 PM (permalink)
                             
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                              Ralph Isbill

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                              RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 10:06 PM (permalink)
                              thank you markolenski, that brings back old times.
                               
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                                b-n-kchefservice

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                                RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 11:13 PM (permalink)
                                We have a "Chicken in the rough" here in Port Huron MI. It is located in the rear section of the PALMS KRYSTAL BAR. http://www.smartpages.com/home/palmskrystalbarrestaurant1


                                Barry, MI
                                 
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                                  Scarlett

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                                  RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 02/26/04 11:16 PM (permalink)
                                  I worked in Myrtle Beach SC years ago that was called BURGIE'S CHICKEN IN THE ROUGH. It was a few blocks down from the pavillion and was open 24/7/365 and there was tremendous traffic all hours. There were small juke boxes at each booth. The CITR was fantastic. I went by a couple of years ago and at that time was called Country Kitchen (maybe Kountry Kitchen). The juke boxes were still at each booth.

                                  Scarlett
                                   
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                                    Lucky Bishop

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                                    RE: Chicken In the Rough Fri, 02/27/04 12:16 AM (permalink)
                                    The New Mexico variation is the Albuquerque-based local chain Mac's Steak in the Rough -- chicken-fried steak fingers served a la Chicken in the Rough. Similar to a Dairy Queen Country Basket only way better.
                                     
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                                      chicagostyledog

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                                      RE: Chicken In the Rough Fri, 02/27/04 1:59 PM (permalink)
                                      When I was a kid, we dined at Novack's Chicken in the Rough in Lincolnwood. I loved the chicken and fought with my brother and sister for the hot buttered rolls and the dipping honey. When Novack's closed, the building on Lincoln Avenue was sold and became the first Lou Malnatti's Pizza in the Chicago area. The last Chicken in the Rough was in Northbrook on Dundee Road. It was located on a golf course which was sold in the 70's and the land was developed into an upscale subdivision.
                                       
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                                        Vince Macek

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                                        RE: Chicken In the Rough Sat, 02/28/04 8:53 AM (permalink)
                                        I lived in Ypsilanti (gateway to Ann Arbor) Mich. for 13 years and maybe ate at Haabs once - nice old-school classy family place. I may have to work it into a pending road trip - the Chicken in the Rough always got my curiosity.
                                         
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                                          Milt

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                                          RE: Chicken In the Rough Mon, 03/8/04 4:14 PM (permalink)
                                          The above posts bring back a number of memories. I could not remember the name of Beverly Osborne, but I knew that the franchise began in Oklahoma City. There was a location on N May Avenue between NW 15th and NW 16th Streets which was only a block from my grandparent's home. We ate at that location many times in the 1950s. When, on vacation, I saw Chicken in the Rough signs elsewhere I learned what franchising was. My parents were of the opinion that none of the franchisees were as good as the "real thing" in Oklahoma City.
                                           
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                                            kmp2816

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                                            RE: Chicken In the Rough Mon, 04/5/04 10:34 PM (permalink)
                                            i have never seen one.I did happen to find a small creamer bottle,remeber these, they are tiny milk bottles that had cream for your coffee.the bottle is labeled "CHICKEN IN THE ROUGH" COPYRIGHT 1937 BY BEVERLY OSBORNE. Does anyone recall anything earlier ?
                                             
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                                              Ralph Isbill

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                                              RE: Chicken In the Rough Tue, 04/6/04 1:40 AM (permalink)
                                              Milt; that place is still there on May ave. It is now Jimmy's Egg. This chain was started by an Asian, grad of Okla State Univ. he has covered the Okla. City area. Has very good breaksfasts.
                                               
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                                                fcbaldwin

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                                                RE: Chicken In the Rough Tue, 04/6/04 10:28 AM (permalink)
                                                There was a "Chicken in the Rough" in Richmond VA many years ago on West Broad Street. The name of the restaurant was the Wakefield Grill. Great fried chicken, but I was too young to remember much else about it. We would go there after church for lunch on Sunday. They had great homemade biscuits too. It was near another bygone great place called The Clover Room, which had great ice cream, malteds and sodas.

                                                Frank
                                                 
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                                                  AliceW.

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                                                  RE: Chicken In the Rough Sun, 12/5/04 11:55 PM (permalink)
                                                  I moved to Oklahoma City in 1944, and there was one Beverly's at that time, on Lincoln Blvd. By the time I was in high school and college, there was the May Avenue location too, and they became the place to go after a movie or game. Sixty years later, if we've been to a play or movie, often we'll say, "Let's go to Beverly's!" So far, no one has mentioned the "finger bowls" that were brought to the tables along with the chicken baskets--little metal buckets with warm water and a lemon slice, for rinsing off the chicken grease! One of the charms of '40s and '50s Beverly's! It's fun to read other people's comments, too.
                                                   
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                                                    Alanding

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                                                    RE: Chicken In the Rough Thu, 07/9/09 6:29 AM (permalink)
                                                    In Los Angeles and Orange counties of Southern California there were seven interconnected Chicken in the Rough franchises opersting under the names Henry's and Carpenter's in the 1950's. Carpenters was in Arcadia; Henry's were in Eagle Rock, Alhambra, Pomona, Burbank (or Glendale, I'm not sure which), Los Angeles and I believe Santa Ana.

                                                    All were drive ins with car service plus an inside sit down option.  The CIR was served with shoestring potatoes and dripping ith honey biscuits - for a kid yummm.  Each place also had a menu of other items, Carpenters being more formal and extensive in its menu.  The chain disappeared in the late fifties whikle I wsasd off to college - I've no idea why. The buildings were either torn down or changed to other formats - of the ones I personally knew as a boy only the one on Valley west of Garfield in Alhambra now remains serving Chinese food.
                                                     
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                                                      kdongu

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                                                      Re:Chicken In the Rough Sat, 10/3/09 10:48 AM (permalink)
                                                      As of today there are 3 CIR left.  One is in Port Huron, MI, the other somewhere in Minnesota and a third in Canada.  The company has a website you can find by searching under Chicken In The Rough.
                                                       
                                                      The company still exists, althought its pretty low key right now.  It's run out of Tinley Park, IL.
                                                       
                                                      It sells flat fee use rights to existing businesses who sell the chicken.  It's trying to market the chicken to businesses to add to their menus.  CIR then provides signs and, of course, its special cooking technics to those restaurants.
                                                       
                                                      I'm a Route 66 buff myself, and only remember eating CIR once when I was a kid.  CIR, as many have noted here, was probably the original franchise food operation.  It's early growth was around Route 66, but soon spread around the country and even overseas.  IT's probably a story in itself how CIR grew to around 300 locations, then suddenly down to its current 3.  Since it operated pretty much in sit down existing eateries, and wasn't a stand alone franchise operation you'd think it should have maintained some market share over the years.
                                                       
                                                      From what I hear the chicken is good, of the pan fried variety mom used to make.  Only CIR is actually good and served with top notch sides and rolls (what's called northern style).
                                                       
                                                      If I ever get out to Michigan I plan on stopping by the CIR outlet in Port Huron and trying some.  Maybe it'll make a comeback.
                                                       
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                                                        sonjaab

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                                                        Re:Chicken In the Rough Wed, 10/14/09 12:53 AM (permalink)
                                                        There was a Martins "Chicken in the rough" resturant on rt. 11 in North Syracuse NY.  It was a full service place and had a full menu but its special chicken was its specialty.  It closed in the early 70s due to urban sprawl.
                                                         
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                                                          carolina bob

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                                                          Re:Chicken In the Rough Wed, 10/14/09 11:05 PM (permalink)
                                                          Until about ten years ago, there was a restaurant ( can't remember the name ) featuring Chicken in the Rough on US 30 in New Lenox IL, just east of Joliet. I ate there one time; the chicken was pretty good.
                                                           
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                                                            buffetbuster

                                                            Re:Chicken In the Rough Wed, 10/21/09 9:40 AM (permalink)
                                                            One day a year, Haab's Restaurant in Ypsilanti, MI, known for their chicken in the rough, sells their food at 1930's prices.

                                                            http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/video/21357333/index.html
                                                             
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