Kenny Rogers Roasters
Festival at Woodholme Plaza, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Suite 155, Baltimore. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9.30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10.30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone: (410) 602-1212.
When it comes to carryout, my husband tends to opt for dishes that swim in a sea of saturated grease, while I'd rather have something that will fit in my tank suit. But there is one place that can make us both happy: Kenny Rogers Roasters.
The "roasters" refers to wood-roasted chicken, which, according to the menu, is significantly lower than the fried stuff in fat, sodium and calories. My husband eats his with the skin on; I eat it skin off; either way it's very good.
You can order this superior chicken by itself ($2.99 for leg and thigh or $3.49 for breast and wing) or with one side order (90 cents more) or two (add another 70 cents). The side orders are familiar -- coleslaw and mashed potatoes, for example -- without being drab. Highest-rated in the taste department are the baked beans and the garlic parsley potatoes, but if I'm in the mood for "lite," I'm also grateful for the less tasty but still acceptable steamed veggies or rice pilaf. Weight watchers might also appreciate Kenny's Famous Muffins because they're really mini-muffins, at a mini-price of 29 cents each. I'm not crazy about them, but my spouse insists they are above-average in taste.
Roasters also offers pitas, sandwiches, specialty salads and two inexpensive options for young children. For dessert, there's Kenny's Cobbler (apple or cherry) at 99 cents, which is light years ahead of the usual soggy cardboard with reddish glue on it.