Palo Alto's Fowl Play Roadside Chicken shutters for 'maintenance' | Peninsula Foodist | Elena Kadvany | Mountain View Online |

Local Blogs

Peninsula Foodist

By Elena Kadvany

E-mail Elena Kadvany

About this blog: Get the latest food news with the biweekly Peninsula Foodist newsletter.
I am a perpetually hungry twenty-something journalist, born and raised in Menlo Park and currently workin...  (More)

View all posts from Elena Kadvany

Palo Alto's Fowl Play Roadside Chicken shutters for 'maintenance'

Uploaded: Dec 19, 2019
Fowl Play Roadside Chicken at 3850 El Camino Real in Palo Alto has been dark for several weeks, with a sign on the front door stating the fast-causal restaurant is "closed for maintenance."

Owner Andrea Leslie did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The restaurant's website is no longer active.

Fowl Play Roadside Chicken, located in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood, appears to have closed. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Leslie opened Fowl Play last summer after a franchise of a national chain she was supposed to open, The Chickery, fell through. She decided to move forward with her own chicken-centric restaurant. Fowl Play specialized in buttermilk-fried and rotisserie-roasted chicken.

A tangerine and sage roasted chicken with sides of mac and cheese and mashed potatoes and gravy at Fowl Play Roadside Chicken. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

This post will be updated if more information becomes available.
What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Dec 19, 2019 at 9:49 am

From the moment I heard about this place I was thinking it is not well thought out.
Fowl Play Roadside Chicken ... a lot of negative subliminals in that name.
Fowl Play ... foul play
Roadside Chicken ... road kill

We went to the point of driving into the parking lot, but we could not bring ourselves to go in. Something not right about this place that the business must overcome. They should have a open house or a free giveaway or something.

Has anyone gone to this place, and what do you think?

 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Writing on the wall, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Dec 19, 2019 at 11:39 am

Writing on the wall is a registered user.

You could sense that this place wasn't going to make it. The food was pretty good but it took forever to get served and there was no one there at lunchtime. Kind of a weird vibe too.

 +  Like this comment
Posted by resi, a resident of Crescent Park,
on Dec 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Closing for "maintenance" is a scheme delinquent/holdover tenants use to prevent a landlord from entering the premises to change locks etc. (landlord "self-help").

 +  Like this comment
Posted by Julian Gómez, a resident of Midtown,
on Dec 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm

Julian Gómez is a registered user.

Drat. The food was pretty good here. The menu was confusing, but could always count on a good dinner.

 +   2 people like this
Posted by Fairmeadow Dad, a resident of Fairmeadow,
on Dec 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

I tried it twice and wanted it to be a place I'd love... unfortunately, I too found the entire experience a weird vibe.

The place was always totally empty when I went and it seemed like the food had been sitting for possibly hours waiting for someone to order it (me!) such that when I took home a roasted chicken it was dry and meh.

The sandwiches I tried were okay but didn't taste as good as they sounded on the menu (ie: Hot Mess).

The sides were just not good at all. My wife took one bite of the Mexican grilled corn and threw it away.

 +   4 people like this
Posted by Sad, a resident of Barron Park,
on Dec 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm

I really really really wanted to have a rotisserie chicken place near my house ... I was so happy when this opened ... I regret i didn't go there often enough to keep them in business ...
I think the food was pretty good considering there is no other chicken place nearby. I miss the chicken from Boston Market.

 +  Like this comment
Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Dec 22, 2019 at 1:35 am

You don't paint a fast food joint white ... you paint it red and yellow, even green - some living color.
Calling your business fowl/foul is not only a bad pun, but as we can see it gives the place a weird vibe as several have said. Calling it roadside chicken ... ugh, it just seems cheap at best and road kill at worst. It looks like an oil change place. The dark doors and windows don't help either, nor the fact that there is nothing alive, no plants or trees on the lot. Make it more inviting if it is not already too late.

 +  Like this comment
Posted by Tjmmz9843, a resident of Midtown,
on Jan 8, 2020 at 4:08 pm

The food here was good, my sandwiches were always done fresh to order, and Andrea was friendly. Too bad this place didn't catch on.

 +  Like this comment
Posted by Nancy, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Jan 17, 2020 at 5:07 pm

I loved that place and wanted it to well. Andrea was always so nice. The wings were the best I'd had anywhere and there sandwiches were terrific. But that is a hard spot to draw people to, similar to what happened to Khoury's market. Although she had a lot less foot traffic. If she had opened after the planned development across the street happened it might have been a different deal.

Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.



Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

Umami Burger calls it quits in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 15 comments | 9,413 views

Couples and Premarital : "Who we are . . . depends in part . . . on who we love."
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,729 views

Flying: How much is enough? It's personal.
By Sherry Listgarten | 11 comments | 2,295 views

Wait, wait – we’re working on it
By Diana Diamond | 15 comments | 1,629 views

My Pet Peeves
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 7 comments | 1,352 views


Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

View Details