By CHRIS SHERMAN
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 1, 2001
McDonald's took over Boston Market last year and must think the formula (and success) of the 16-year-old chain needed a makeover. Or new hype.
Remake at some locations puts booths, wood chairs, pastel greens and Jetson curves in place of bingo-hall seats and harsh red/black decor, but it's not enough.
Big menu change is grilled chicken, actually a skinless, boneless breast, sliced for salads or on sandwiches and dinner plates with sweet BBQ or teriyaki and tasteless tomatoes.
At intro price of $4.49 it's not worth the hoopla; at full $6.49, I'd rather spend a buck more for a whole bird from the rotisserie.
Bad idea, Ronald. We may be bored with roast chicken and Thanksgiving trimmings, but we still want more family take-out at Boston Market, not high-priced chicken breasts. If I want grilled chicken, I'm off to Ya-Ya and friends.
I'll have another . . .
Hot corn tamale. Best way to eat cornmeal is cooked in a corn husk or banana leaf. Can't have a complete Mexican restaurant without 'em. For Day of the Dead, when Mexicans fete and feed the departed, Dunedin's Casa Tina, (727) 734-9226, makes tamales with pumpkin, lobster and more and puts sugar skulls and marigolds on an ofrenda altar (today through Sunday).
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