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Best chicken you have ever eaten..........................

I worked at the Primadonna Hotel which is on the California/Nevada stateline, which is on Hwy 15, which connects Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
 
They had the best chicken I have ever eaten in my life. It was in the coffee shop, and occasionally, they would allow the employees to eat it. This chicken had a heavenly taste, dark golden brown, slightly sweet, just juicy bird made upm exactly, correctly.
 
I lost that job in 1993 and never went back. 17 years later, I am still thinking about that chicken!
 
 
 
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/16 10:34:06 (permalink)

    Did you ever try to get the recipe, or,
    did you ever try to duplicate it ????

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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/16 12:16:58 (permalink)
    Are you referring to fried, roasted, or grilled?
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/16 13:04:49 (permalink)
    My favorite chicken ever is, oddly enough, found at a taco truck in Columbus, OH called Los Potosinos.

    They call it 'pollo al carbon', which really just means grilled chicken, but it's oh so much more. They refuse to divulge any secrets, but it seems pretty obviously to have been marinated, rubbed, spatchcocked, and then grilled at low heat for quite a while.  I've had hardcore foodie friends wonder how they made it so tender, and others who have been trying in vain to replicate the spice mix.  No luck there, unfortunately.

    Love it!
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/16 14:30:45 (permalink)
    Taco Drew - now I know where I've seen that name before.  For anyone who wants to see a picture of this delicious looking chicken that he is describing go to this link.

    http://tacotruckscolumbus.com/2009/03/18/los-potosinos/

    I haven't been there yet but I may have to go now.  I mean like right now.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/20 01:47:32 (permalink)
    Best chicken I've ever had was Belgrade's chicken in Barberton, OH. Lard & fried, but tastes so good. I also like Hopocan's & White House chicken there as well. I get some when I go back to Ohio to visit family. lol There is also this yummy broasted chicken we'd get in Amish country in Ohio in Walnut Creek. Now I'm craving the juicy chicken. lol
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/20 08:00:32 (permalink)
    hatteras04 - yep, you found me out!  

    I'd recommend calling them a few hours ahead of time and ordering a whole chicken.  That way you'll be able to eat it at it's best, just as it comes off the grill.  They'll be inclined to serve it with tortillas, beans, lettuce etc., but I have to admit to being happiest just eating it as-is.

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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/20 09:37:03 (permalink)
    The best chicken I ever had was....Gus's in Memphis, TN. Sure it's a hole in the wall, but that's part of it. Besides, you can always get it to go. Juicy on the inside, nice crunchy exterior. Now the sides are nothing to write home about, but all you really wanted was that chicken, wasn't it?
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/20 22:42:32 (permalink)
    Probably 20 years ago in Helena AR on Biscoe Street was a New Orleans Fried Chicken place that had the Ultimate Fried Chicken - it was consistantly superb every time.  I can't recall if it was a chain or not but that chicken was so good - we would get a box of it and a 6 pack and ride the dirt roads throwing chicken bones out the windows of the truck.

    Good times..........
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/20 23:36:48 (permalink)
    The chicken I use when I substitute for veal and make chicken marsala. Then again, there's the chicken I use in chicken parmigiana.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/21 03:54:01 (permalink)
    Around dallas ft worth the place to go for fried chicken is Babe's chicken house. www.babeschicken.com  Southern Cooking magazine said it was one of the best in the south. Now has 9 locations scattered around the metroplex all owned by the same family. Most menues consists of your choice, fried, grilled, chicken fried steak,tenders, cat fish and pot roast. You get 1 each, breast, thigh, leg, and wing. The cfs is bigger than the platter and loved by all.  All meals come with salad greens, creamed corn, pole beans in pot likker, mashed potatos, biscuits, gravy, all you can eat. Honey, Sorghum and butter are on the table. Everything is delicious except the salad which is just lettuce with a sweet vinagarette. Don't get me wrong , it is tasty but it is just lettuce.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/21 17:38:06 (permalink)
    Haven't had it recently but Pollo Loco in LA, was damn good 25 yrs. ago...a chain, no less.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/22 16:43:35 (permalink)
    Haven't had theirs in about three years (AZ), but Pollo Loco gets my vote for the best chain chicken.

    When I lived in Charlotte some 15 years ago, Prices Chicken Coop was about the best I'd ever had.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/23 18:11:28 (permalink)
    Chain Chicken sounds like a recipe for roadfood !!! I would agree that the 8 piece plate (basically one cut-up grilled chicken from El Pollo Loco was the top of the 'chain' list for me too. It had to be 'Well-Done'...that was my one issue with El Pollo Loco..if they were busy, sometimes chicken would be rushed and come out still pink in the middle.

    Senor Boogie... We spent a lot of time in 1993-95 at the Stateline casinos. Living on the high desert we could get up there for dinner if we left right after school. A good Dinner and some Keno and slots and then head for home (140 miles each way) We like Whiskey Petes, but the Primadonna was second on the list...before the roller coaster  was there.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/25 16:35:25 (permalink)
    Fried chicken at The Chicken Place in Ireland, IN. 
    Deep fried to order-crispy,juciy inside.  Also, don't forget sweet/sour cole slaw, german potatoes or great french fries.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/07/25 17:30:01 (permalink)
     One of the issues I have in naming a fried chicken "Best", is the lack of consistency that even 'Great" Chicken Places seem to have. A lot of the 'quality' seems to depend on the time of day, size of the crowd, side-dishes, and probably a few other things I am not adding in here.

    Locally we have a couple of favorite places in the Louisville area.
       Claudia Sanders  Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY. They do the original recipe Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken. When the place is jammed, often the Chicken is prepared in large batches and does not have that "fresh-cooked-to-order" taste and feel that it does when we visit on a quiet day during the week. (Not a U K Basketball Game day!). We really like their chicken (and Livers), when it is done right, but that can be a bit of a 'hit or miss' deal.  At least the great Veggies served with the dinner make the whole thing well worthwhile.

    THe second place we go for good Fried Chicken is Huber's Family Farm Restaurant in Starlight Indiana. Although it is growing and expanding, it has managed to keep the family image of the 'farm-fresh' dinners as the focal-point of its menu.  I would rank it above Claudia Sanders for the Chicken and Livers, but nobody beats Claudia Sanders for the wonderful Veggie side-dishes like Glazed Beets, Corn Pudding, and Stewed Sweetened Tomatoes !!!
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2010/08/07 19:36:27 (permalink)
    I still have a warm spot in my heart for Deacon Burton's Soul Food here in Atlanta (gone, alas, along with the Deacon). It was a short walk from work - some dark meat fried chicken, griddle cakes, and peach cobbler were the perfect meal.
    I was living hand to mouth back then, and once got to the register realizing I was flat broke. The Deacon said "Oh, it's okay, you pay me next time!" - I found someone I knew in there who owed me pretty much that much money and was able to pay up then. I still like that bit of karma.
    I have fond but dim memories of family dinners at Cohen's Chicken House in Junction City, Kansas. The place to eat in town, but it was gone, burned down when I visited some 16 years ago. Wish someone could help me with some memories of the place.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/29 20:53:07 (permalink)
    My favorite chicken was Kenny Rogers' Roasters, circa early 1990s before they all closed down.  The chicken was wood fired and had a citrus and pepper marinade. $4 got the manager's special, 2 chicken legs, 2 thighs, 2 sides, and a corn muffin, which was a steal.  Unfortunately, in the same month, all 3 Boston Markets and 2 Roasters closed.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/29 21:05:08 (permalink)
    Best fried chicken - hands down, Stroud's, Kansas City.  Nothing like it; best chicken dinner around.
    Best grilled chicken - my own, using the Cornell recipe.  Simple, easy, and very, very good.
     
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/30 20:44:01 (permalink)
    Best chicken or turkey I ever had, Boston Market. Period.

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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 12:57:05 (permalink)
    mayor al

     One of the issues I have in naming a fried chicken "Best", is the lack of consistency that even 'Great" Chicken Places seem to have. A lot of the 'quality' seems to depend on the time of day, size of the crowd, side-dishes, and probably a few other things I am not adding in here.

    Locally we have a couple of favorite places in the Louisville area.
       Claudia Sanders  Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY. They do the original recipe Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken. When the place is jammed, often the Chicken is prepared in large batches and does not have that "fresh-cooked-to-order" taste and feel that it does when we visit on a quiet day during the week. (Not a U K Basketball Game day!). We really like their chicken (and Livers), when it is done right, but that can be a bit of a 'hit or miss' deal.  At least the great Veggies served with the dinner make the whole thing well worthwhile.

    THe second place we go for good Fried Chicken is Huber's Family Farm Restaurant in Starlight Indiana. Although it is growing and expanding, it has managed to keep the family image of the 'farm-fresh' dinners as the focal-point of its menu.  I would rank it above Claudia Sanders for the Chicken and Livers, but nobody beats Claudia Sanders for the wonderful Veggie side-dishes like Glazed Beets, Corn Pudding, and Stewed Sweetened Tomatoes !!!

     
    Al, you took me to Hubers and their fried chicken was among the best I had ever ever had.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 13:40:39 (permalink)
    I, too enjoyed Huber's with Al and Janet.The chicken was awesome, and their fried biscuits with apple butter were exquisite!
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    Best chicken you have ever eaten 2011/05/31 13:59:18 (permalink)
    I second the Grillman's choice;  Stroud's crispy, juicy pan fried chicken with those buttery, mashed potatoes. Loveless Cafe's chicken was also very good.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 14:10:20 (permalink)
     
    I had some fantastic pan-fried chicken at, of all places, the Moose Lodge in Hillsboro, Illinois.  Not offered every day, but fabulous if you're there when they serve it.
     
    Otherwise, for me, it's a tie for places still existing: Stroud's in Kansas City, MO, and Hollyhock Hill in Indianapolis. Also very good, especially on the Sunday buffet in the dining room (when the chicken is disjointed, rather than served in quarters): Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg, KY.
     
    Other great pan-fried chicken places, now gone: Mrs. Peter's Chicken Dinners in Kansas City, KS, Sleepy Hollow in Oklahoma City, and Laughner's cafeterias in Indiana (yes, it was a chain, but the fried chicken was delectable).   
     
    I've only been to Huber's once.  I had the fried chicken livers. They were very good, but no better (in my opinion) than the fried chicken livers at Beaumont Inn's Olde Owl Tavern.
     
     
     
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 14:19:41 (permalink)
    Speaking of livers, rumaki, I tried some at Hubers, and they were good. But the absolute best chicken livers i have ever had was at a tiny downtown Raleigh N.C. restaurant-they were sauteed with onions and madeira wine, and served over an herbed crostini.Absolutely fabulous. And there was an independent retaurant in the riverwest area of Milwaukee named Jim's, and they made a pan fried chicken that was to die for.We called it yardbird.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 14:25:01 (permalink)
    Ann, those livers sound marvelous!
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 14:30:39 (permalink)
    For fried chicken it would be a Philippine fast food joint that is popping up around here... 
     
    www.jollibee.com
     
     
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 14:32:05 (permalink)
    rumaki-
    I am so disappointed in not getting to Mrs. Peter's before they closed down.  I was in their parking lot in 1999, only to find they had gone out of business.  Not sure when they closed, but probably didn't miss them by much.
     
    The two best to my taste are Stroud's and Bon Ton Mini Mart.  While Hollyhock Hill is very good, I wouldn't put them in the conversation with the other places.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/05/31 14:47:00 (permalink)
    Mrs. Peter's was great.  They had wonderful chicken and very good biscuits, as I recall.  And the restaurant had tons of chicken figurines throughout.  It wasn't "cutesy" -- rather, I'd call it whimsical.   I got to go twice, both times when on business in Kansas City, MO.
     
    I admit that I grew up eating Hollyhock Hill's chicken, so there may be a nostalgia factor there for me.  I only get back there a couple of times a year, most recently in April.  The relishes are outstanding, and the sides are OK, but the chicken is the star.  And it tastes exactly the same as it did when I was a child.  I love it!
     
    I forgot to add two other good places -- the Brookville Hotel in Abilene, KS, and the Castle Cafe in Castle Rock, CO.   I also enjoy White Fence Farm in Denver, but mostly for the ambience and side dishes (especially the fritters) -- the chicken is acceptable, but not outstanding.
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    Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... 2011/06/05 17:57:32 (permalink)
    The best chicken I ever ate was 4 years ago at Peekamoose Restaurant in upstate NY. it was so good, that my fiance and I both had it 2 days in a row! Simply prepared Stone Church Farms free-range roasted chicken, with a pan gravy green beans and mashed potatoes - it was beyond description. So good, in fact, that as a veteran of many kitchens as a server, I politely (and quietly) told the waitress that we thought it was the best effin' chicken we had ever had, and would she please tell the kitchen staff exactly that? We were rewarded with loud hoots of laughter from the kitchen immediately, as she went back there to share our feedback. (The other meals we ate there were amazing as well - first time I ever had Salsify.) We stood the kitchen staff a drink a drink at the end of their shift, and hope to return there again sometime.
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