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What's Cookin' Behind the Curtain - Yes, It Tastes Like Chicken

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Every Friday, LAist is taking you on a trip down to Orange County to uncover the unique dining experiences that await adventurous eaters willing to explore beyond the county line.

As someone who rarely eats red meat (but is not a vegetarian), my options for protein are pretty limited. Consequently, I eat a lot of chicken as well as a fair amount of fish. Chicken obviously is not the most exciting meat to eat, and despite many attempts to prepare chicken in every conceivable manner to extract some discernible flavor (except maybe sous vide, sorry Hung), I usually end up with a bland piece of poultry that I have to goose up by dousing it in some sauce or killing it with spices.

However, at Rosine’s in Anaheim Hills, the taste of chicken is elevated to a level far beyond my conventional eating experience. Rosine’s is a family-owned Eastern Mediterranean restaurant mostly known for its rotisserie chicken, although the menu also contains an extensive assortment of kebabs, pita sandwiches, and a handful of other traditional Mediterranean dishes. While entrees are fairly priced from $8-$12 for lunch and $11-$18 for dinner, by far the best deal is the rotisserie chicken combination plate. Not only do you get a half-chicken, but also two sides from the restaurant’s long list, plus a serving of the garlic sauce, all for $9.50. Rosine’s also has an impressive wine list for a restaurant of its size and stature, including a number of German Rieslings, Lebanese Reds, and many French and Californian selections.