I’ll never forget the first time that I had Zuni Café’s roast chicken. One lonely Sunday, a friend and I decided to indulge in a late lunch at the iconic San Francisco restaurant. We almost didn’t order the chicken, because we were worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype—it’s probably the most legendary chicken dish in the nation and has been since Judy Rodgers put the wood-burning oven roast chicken, which comes with a bread salad, on the menu 29 years ago. However, curiosity won us over, and we asked for the dish that takes an hour to make. We couldn’t believe how good it was, mind-blowing really, and just the sort of soulful comforting dish that two single girls needed.
Since then, I have returned to Zuni countless times and always order the chicken. I also like to make the recipe at home. Although I don’t have the Zuni cookbook, the recipe has been published by magazines and is easily found on the Internet. There’s something so special about making a celebrated restaurant dish in the comforts of your own home. If you’ve never done it before, I highly recommend you do. Read on for the chicken recipe and 10 other famous restaurant dishes to master on your own.
What signature restaurant dishes do you make at home?