Boston Market/Boston Chicken

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mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
2003/04/19 21:55:10
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?
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/04/19 23:33:04
It is still around and owned by McDonalds.
CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/04/19 23:36:11
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.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/08 17:53:06
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.
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/08 17:56:30
we have one left here in Fresno..but the quality of the food there is bloody awful.
jessicazee
Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/08 18:44:14
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.
Danhx
Junior Burger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/08 20:41:29
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.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/09 00:49:45
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.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/09 07:41:22
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
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/09 10:29:41
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..
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/09 12:02:02
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!
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/09 12:43:22
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.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/10 11:44:14
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.....
pigface
Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/10 22:16:08
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
kdiammond
Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/11 21:08:50
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)
dbear
Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/11 22:29:56
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.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/12 11:53:08
Sorry about the "abounding" I noticed that the one I drive past daily has sit down service and serves wine and beer.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/12 11:55:19
Enough with Boston Market for crying out loud!
gimmepork
Junior Burger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/12 18:30:42
Kroger has a rotisserie chicken for $3.99 that puts Boston Market to shame.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/12 18:37:58
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
HeidiB
Junior Burger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/12 19:42:49
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...
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/12 19:49:56
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
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/21 13:04:07
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/21 13:15:24
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.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/26 13:27:23
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.
jeffskal
Hamburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/26 21:21:56
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!
aazzaa
Junior Burger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/27 00:53:29
You should move to Australia, the places are multiplying here faster than McDonalds!!!
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/05/31 02:39:09
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...
danimal15
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/19 16:46:40
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.
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/19 23:25:20
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.
RockyB
Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/22 16:50:55
Coney Island Lou made an interesting comment that seems to thread all the way thru the RoodFood site. He talked about how Boston Chicken was "pretty good for franchised slop". It is interesting to read those thoughts, since it appears that most people who comment on this site seem to have the feeling that the franchised chains who failed..
Burger Chef, Red Barn, Carrols and others were good places, and their "franchised slop" was either good or superior, but dammit, the ones that made a success, Buger King, Wendy's, Mc Donald's, Cracker Barrel and such are all evil and awful. It sounds a little elitist and snobbish to me. Am I a great fan of Mc Donald's, or Burger King or Pizza Hut? No, but the snobbishness that comes out seems more like sour grapes, than objective thinking.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/24 08:47:53
I think (not absolutely certain) that only 1 Boston Market location remains open in the greater Cincinnati area, in the Oakley/Hyde Park area.

I actually thought it was pretty good stuff, albeit a bit pricey for what you got.

I agree it seemingly went downhill more or less coincidental with the name change.
dendan
Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/24 09:27:45
Some of the Boston Market sites have turned into KFC around here.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/24 22:02:04
Rocky: You don't have to be a snob to know that those chains you mention are not great places toeat!
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/25 11:57:03
Boston Market still in Florida. Like the creamed spinach, but prefer Publix lemon pepper chicken over theirs.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/25 12:43:01
There are still Boston Markets in the Columbus area, although a couple have been converted to Donato's. Both are now owned by McDonald's.
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/25 14:00:41
I hadn't eaten at a Boston market for about three years until last week when for some reason I stopped off on the way home and ordered a quarter chicken white and a couple of sides. It was nothing like I remembered. The chicken was dry, the macaroni and cheese was tasteless and the potatoes were mostly cold. The best part was the corn bread and it was nothing to write home about. That will definitely be my last trip. McDonald's can ruin anything.
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/25 14:15:54
I think the worst thing is their meatloaf. Dry and mealy. I think there's cardboard in it.
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/25 14:29:56
Last time I was in Boston there were still plenty of Boston Markets around but the fad had kind of died down I think. Being a chef I don't eat stuff out like chicken which I can cook at home but I must admit the Costco rotisserie chickens look awesome. Our local Anchorage store has two rotisseries, each cooks about 40 birds and they are always sold out at $4.49 a bird.
bstnmrktking
Junior Burger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/26 06:46:51
As an Assistant Manager at a Boston Market in Chesapeake, Virginia (the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area) it amazes me to see all the negative and dour feedback from so many people from across the country, on a variety of our products, shocking really. I'm only 21, and wasn't around for the 'Boston Chicken' name, although many of our products have not changed since that time either. While McDonald's maybe Satan themselves to many, they were, and are, Boston Market's saving grace, while having no impact on the food quality or service aspects of the company. I came onto Boston Market prior to the bankruptcy proceedings, and have seen the changes in the company since McDonald's took over firsthand. The only changes are uniform presentation, standards of customer service have been dramatically increased, and our sales and profit margins have shot through the roof.

McDonalds had no affect what so ever on the food quality of our company. After the sale's completion, they examined the company, our food, and standards, and realized how high our quality of food expectations were, and left them as they are.

For all those of you who have had bad and negative experiences in the Boston Market chain, i do sincerely apologize. Nothing bothers me more than to hear about 'other stores' who've dropped the ball, ran out of product, had horrible service, rude employees, or anything else that may reflect negatively on me, as an employee of the company. We're only human, and we do try our best, and sometimes it's not good enough, and i am sorry. However, that's why i have my job, and as a manager, if there's ever a problem, there is nothing that we would not do to fix the issue, and try and make your inconvience right. I sincerely hope that some of you are willing to try the company again, or give us a chance. I've worked in 12 stores in three states in the Northeast area, and i know first hand that one store's experience is completely different from anothers, one gets it right, and one can mess it up. I do apologize, and hopefully we'll enjoy you as customers sometime in the near future.

For those in the Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, and Boston regions, our new concept is called Rotisserie Grill, a more upscale dining experience, with sit down service, beer and wine, and an open flame grill for a wide variety of upper-scale entrees and dishes. They have gotten rave reviews from many, and i encourage anyone able to at least check this out once.

Thanks, and if anyone would like to contact me, my email's available, or for AIM/AOL users, my screen name is ICW Spiker3. I'd be happy to talk to anyone about any problems or suggestions or concerns.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/26 07:12:45
Bstnmrkting:

That was a well written position and even though I personally have never tried your chain, I appreciate your effort on maintaining standards and good customer service. Your company should be proud of the position you take.

Unfortunately with large chains, maintaining standards becomes more difficult. Sort of like the bell curve, you have management at all points.

Good luck with your management position.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2003/11/26 07:56:56
I, for one, take my grandchildren to Boston Market while we are out running errands and want a fairly quick lunch. A meal of macaroni and cheese, the fried apples (or whatever they are called) and serving of spinach makes a far better lunch for a small one than a burger and fries.

I am against chains in general as I feel that they hurt the small local restaurants but sometimes a Boston Market comes in mighty handy for me. (The last time I took them to one of our local diners (quite near the Boston Market), we sat and waited for service for 15 minutes while the waitress was visiting with other guests and cleaning tables.) This does not happen in a Boston Market.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2004/02/15 16:30:40
This is months after the last post, but I didn't want to start a new thread. My daughter & I thought we'd give Boston Market a shot again after not eating there for 6 years. 6 years ago I'm sure we both had a mild case of food poisoning from there. The only thing I would eat from there ultimately at that time was the turkey breast with a side of those mushy apples and the red potatoes. I was on Weight Watchers for the first time at that time and still lost weight eating that. I was glad to be able to eat outside of the home at that time (I was obsessive with WW back then!). Anyway, we ate there last week right after our weigh-ins and daringly ordered chicken. It looked good and we were starving. I got the apples and the potatoes. The texture of both was tired, that's the only way I can describe. I hate to wait till my blood sugar goes down and then I eat at these places and so totally regret it. After we ate there, within minutes, and I swear it was not psychosomatic (sp?), we both had pains in our stomachs. The chicken there is just greasy. I also don't think it has much flavor. The quality's not good and now we can definitely say after 6 years we're not going back anymore. Oh and PS I think they're overpriced.
RSMBob
Junior Burger
RE: Boston Market/Boston Chicken 2004/02/18 02:34:54
Hi, my name is Bob and I like Boston Market Rotisserie Chicken.
Whew, got that off my chest!

I refuse to succumb to the notion that chains are bad...and I give BOston Market credit for trying to provide a bit healthier food and more variety than the run-of-the-mill fast food place. I go to BM (forgive the unintended humor of the acronym) once a month at most (I'm disappointed that the ones closer to home have closed) and I think that not only is their chicken good, I think that with specials they run and coupons they offer it can be a decent value. I'm not universally fond of their side dishes (I gotta admit I'd like fries with that), but it's pretty decent stuff. Compared to the limited times I've easten at 2 other similar chain chicken places (Koo-Koo-Roo and Kenny Rogers), my preference chicken-wise definately went to Boston Market.