Chicken salad

CHICKEN DELIGHT: George Collins is proud of his old-fashioned store, where the emphasis is on quantity and fair prices.

George Collins calls his Lantana meat market "the home of a kind word and a happy smile." It is also home to his scrumptious chicken salad

Collins, who's had the shop for 40 years, says he began making chicken salad four years ago. He gets up at 5 each morning to cook the birds. During the season, Collins, or "sweet-talking George" as his friends call him, makes 100 pounds of chicken salad a day. This time of year, he makes 40 to 50 pounds a day. It sells for $3.99 a pouind.

Customers like it, he says, because he keeps the recipe simple -- Perdue boneless chicken breasts finely ground, chopped celery, and just enough mayonnaise to keep it from being dry.

Rotisserie chicken, which sell for $2.99 or $3.99, are big sellers too. During the last 10 years, more than 279,000 chicken have been sold a George's Meat Market. The shop makes its own sausages and brats, ready-to-cook 3-pound meatloaf for $5.99, barbecued ribs with sauce for $2.99 a pound, and stuffed pork chops for $2.99 a pound.

"When we opened 40 years ao, we sold our ham salad for 99 cents (a pound) and we still do. It's a tradition," Collins says. "We're just about as old-fashioned as we can be."

George's Meat Market is at 125 S. Third St., Lantana, in the Lantana Center. Phone 561 585 2990.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

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