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Tam Hoang 8:30 a.m., Aug. 25
Natural Style Chicken (3944 W. Point Loma Boulevard, 619-223-9887) is the kind of place you have to stumble upon, unless directed there by someone in the know. The name almost makes it sound "free-range-grass-fed-organic," but in this case it just means "cooked with fire!" Tucked in a Point Loma strip mall, it’s hardly a shining beacon of culinary greatness. But it’s a rad neighborhood place, that’s for sure; the kind of spot that people count on for a delicious lunch or dinner on the quick and at a good price. It even has free WiFi.
Korean BBQ and rotisserie chicken combine in an unlikely combo at Natural Style. It works. The popular item is the teriyaki chicken plate, which comprises chopped chicken, green salad, rice, and a healthy ladling of the restaurant’s succulent teriyaki glaze. It’s less than seven dollars for a chicken plate. Barbecue ribs and Korean-style beef galbi are also on the teriyaki menu for slightly more expense.
Want to make it a picnic? Whole ($13.99) and half ($7.99) chicken dinners come with side dishes (potato salad, mash, cole slaw, refried beans, etc) and either rolls or flour tortillas.
Definitely get the tortillas. The chewy, delicious, steaming hot torts can ensconce pieces of chicken picked from the quartered bird, cole slaw, sriracha, and a splash of the house teriyaki. Asian soul food chicken tacos?! Yes, please!
It looks like Natural Style Chicken’s wood-fired rotisserie is most active in the early part of the day. The chicken gets roasted off in big batches and held until more needs to be cooked. Best bet for freshest chicken? Get there right when a batch is coming off the roaster. Best time to do that? Right when the place opens for lunch at eleven. Even as the 9PM closing time creeps up, the chickens are still juicy, but getting the freshly roasted ones is the where the radness lies.