Rotisseur, Aaron Matzkin’s 18-month old rotisserie chicken spot on 21st Street has a new face in the kitchen, Garces alum John Kasenchak. Kasenchak joins the the Best of Philly winning Rotisseur from Tinto/Village Whiskey where he was a sous chef. Kasenchak has already made his presence known with Benton’s bacon roasted Brussels sprouts which smelled ridiculously good when teasingly waved under our nose yesterday.
From the antique Bevador beer fridge to the awesome old illuminated Eagles ad, it feels like Grace Tavern hasn’t changed very much over the years. And for regulars, the comfort and complaint is that the same can be said about the menu. Since the bar opened in May of 2004 the only significant changes we can remember is that the original lobster sandwich morphed into a tuna sandwich and there was a time when you could count on cake for dessert. But now there is a new special on the menu, a grilled chicken sandwich served with lettuce, tomato and Grace’s exceptional bourbon mayonaise. Not exactly earth shattering, but when you place a chicken breast on the same magical grill that produces all of Grace’s lauded burgers, you have a grilled chicken sandwich worth talking about.
The chicken is on special right now but employees and customers alike are hoping it is a permanent addition.
Grace Tavern [Official Site]
Adam Erace goes through all the sides (well almost all of them) at Rotisseur but it is the bird that is at center stage.
At Rotisseur, the bird’s the word. Matzkin taste-tested specimens from 15 providers before settling on the one that would grace his French-engineered Rotisol rotisserie (“the preferred choice of Parisian bistros”). The best bird hailed from Senat Poultry, a halal operation so clear-conscious they’ve put pictures of their Paterson, N.J., slaughterhouse on their website and invite y’all to come down for a visit now, ya hear! A co-op of Amish farmers raises Senat’s chickens without hormones and antibiotics in Lancaster, where the free-roaming roasters develop the all-important “fatty skin” that turns to sheets of crackly gold leaf in the blazing rotisserie oven.
Rotisseur, the rotisserie chicken spot on 21st Street near Chestnut has added lunch and a couple of new sandwiches. Pictured above is the chicken banh mi, also offered is a chicken apple salad sandwich.
The sandwiches are $6 and make for a tasty lunch to-go or to eat-in.
Rotisseur [Official Site]
Burger.org just debuted a couple months ago and now partners Eyal Aranya and Yoni Nadav are on to their next concept, Chicken.org. This sit-down and to-go spot will be located at 534 S 4th Street, just a door in from South Street and down the block from Burger.org.
Chicken.org will be serving up both rotisserie and fried chicken and sides reminiscent of an organic version of Boston Market. The shop looks similar to Burger.org with vibrant colors and modern design.
Construction is in full swing and they are aiming on opening within a couple of weeks.
Last night at the Night Market we tried a rotisserie chicken sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit from West Philadelphia’s recently opened Roost. The bite was quite tasty and now we want to check out the Springfield Avenue storefront. Each order is custom prepared so you may have to wait 15-20 minutes, a small price to pay for juicy chicken. In addition to rotisserie chicken Roost offers fried chicken, chicken tenders, mac and cheese plus veggie sides.
Roost is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and closed Tuesdays.
If you live or work in West Philadelphia, Roost delivers from Woodland to Market, from 50th to 38th. Us, we’re planning a special trip right now.
Roost [Official Site]
Last night we checked out the softly opened Rotisseur on 21st Street just south of Chestnut. The minimal 16-seat space serves rotisserie chicken and sides that change daily. the menu ranges from a leg and a thigh for $4 to $14 for a whole chicken. The chickens are all local, cage-free, hormone free, antibiotic-free and halal but all that wouldn’t really matter if it didn’t taste good. Rest assured, these birds are juicy and tasty. We had a breast and wing with sides of potato salad and corn muffins (for under 10 bucks). The chicken was juicy and tender while the crust had a good snap and stayed on the chicken throughout. We cleaned the bones and that’s saying something coming from this top-of-the-food-chain prissy eater. The sweet corn muffins and potato salad were also winners.
Rotisseur will add other proteins and delivery down the line. Right now the restaurant is only open for dinner from Monday through Friday with lunch hours coming soon. We can hardly wait to add Rotisseur to our lunch rotation.
100.5 S 21st St
Rotisseur Menu (JPG)