Chicks Natural opened in 1989. Note that it’s Chicks Natural, not Chick’s Natural. There’s not a person named Chick, the name refers to the shop’s practice of serving natural chicken, i.e. farmed without hormones or preservatives. Chicks marinates small chickens for two days in a citrus and spice blend, then fires them in its rotisserie oven.
The results include crispy seasoned skin and flavorful meat, served almost immediately once you order it. That would make it fast food, but a healthy approach to fast food, especially by 1989 standards. To wit, there are no French fries among the litany of sides to go with your chicken. Instead the starches include rice, roasted sweet potato, potato salad, and mashed potatoes with gravy. You can choose corn on the cob, salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, or steamed vegetables: carrots and broccoli.
There's also a Chicks Natural Encinitas, which claims to have opened in 1985. The two shops offer identical menus, but apparently operate independently of one another, with separate websites and social media channels. They each operate their own distinct catering services.
|Monday||11 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Tuesday||11 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Wednesday||11 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Thursday||11 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Friday||11 a.m. to 8 p.m.|
|Saturday||11 a.m. to 3 p.m.|