the state

-of chicken (¡A & T’s!) by jgrimsrud
Monday, 26 January 2009, 16:19
Filed under: -of eats, -of jgrimsrud, -of localism, -of townie-to-townie

the other night we were scrambling to bring something to a dinner party.  after circling around the god-forsaken-behind-the-mall-city-unplanning-suburban-morass of harrisonburg for too long, we finally found the peruvian chicken spot we saught.  and in so doing found, may i say, ¡damn good chicken!

so we plan to go back w/ a camera and get the lowdown on this place, but suffice it to say the beautifully seasoned rotisserie chicken was accompanied by addictive yucca fries (they didn’t survive the drive to the dinner party) and some great jalapeño-relish & mustard-cream condiments.  and the folks working were so, so very nice.

now, the importance of a good, local chicken place cannot be understated.  our recent home in seattle’s central district was flanked by two chicken spots: the classic fried chicken takeout of ezell’s, and the euro-cum-hipster pub of café presse.  the former served spicy chicken parts, biscuits, etc. and taunted me everyday at my bus stop from across the street.

the latter served up whole roast chickens w/ fries, various pattes, steak tartar, to be munched between swills of relatively cheap european wines.

we’ve been part of some conversations about sushi jako, and we remember discovering phó back in the day at thai cafe, but we’d never had the pleasure of dining in, or taking out from, a & t’s chicken.  ¡but now the secret’s out!

so we’ll head back over, & you should too.  bring cash, and have a taste for yourself.


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Thank goodness you found A&T’s. Found it by mistake 4 years ago and loved it since. A nice group that work there and fantastic seasoned chicken to boot !

Comment by Frankie Boy

I recommend trying the rival Peruvian “Inca’s Secret” restaurant in the same shopping center. A&T’s rotisserie chicken is better by far but if you’re in the mood for some Aji de Gallina or other Peruvian comfort food it’s a fun place to visit. They also have Chicha Morada!

Comment by Josh

A&T’s is indeed fantastic! I lived next to the owner for a few years, and they are a great family as well as making delicious chicken! I particularly like the chicken/steak sandwich, with the mustard-cream condiment!

Comment by Scott Rogers

thanks for the tip on the other peruvian place–who knew?!
and yes, the mustard cream is divine. amazing how simple little add-ons can make a dish pop.

makes me wonder what other gems are waiting around the area?

Comment by vastate

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