Championship chicken at Houston's, Roosevelt Field

The exceptional rotisserie chicken at Houston's at Roosevelt The exceptional rotisserie chicken at Houston's at Roosevelt Field (Sept., 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

A recent dinner at Houstons, at Roosevelt Field, was, for me, a departure from the usual. Instead of ordering the cheeseburger ($17)   named number one in a recent article on Long Islands best   or the amazing house-made veggie burger ($16), I opted for the rotisserie chicken ($20), whose menu description also included the words limited availability.

That, I found out, means that the dish is only served at dinner. It's also rotisserie-roasted in limited quantities. If a chicken isnt ordered within an hour of coming off the spit, I was told, its discarded because it loses its natural juices. There are only so many chickens roasted every night.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

I hit the jackpot with mine, crusted with crushed herbs, beautifully burnished, juicy and savory throughout. It was plated with couscous, the grains dressed with olive oil and lemon juice, mixed with radish, scallions, tomatoes, fresh mint leaves and almonds. Chunky and vibrant.

Houston's chicken becomes available at 5 p.m.;  the earlier you arrive, the more certain you are of getting your bird.

Houstons is at Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Unit 1047, Garden City, 516-873-1454, houstons.com
 

Subscribe to our newsletter for restaurant recommendations, recipes and more.

You also may be interested in: