Chicken Place
Don't let the name fool you--there's lots more than just chicken.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006
Chicken Place
Address: 2418 University Blvd., Wheaton, MD
Phone: 301-946-1212
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Closed on Tuesday.
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tamale with chicken; papa a la huanciana; house bistec; lomo saltado; beef stew; scrambled eggs with shrimp; parihuela.
Price Details: Entrées: $3.75 to $15.95.

From November 2005

The name is something of a misnomer--there's a lot more than chicken here. Wood beams, Peruvian art and artifacts, and terra-cotta floors give the dining room a rustic south-of-the-equator feel. Among the more unusual dishes are a tamale made from cornmeal and chopped coriander and filled with chicken, and the famed Peruvian potato dish papa a la huancaina, steamed potatoes with a velvety sauce of cheese, bread, and milk, sided with wedges of hard-boiled egg. The sauce has a distinctive taste diners tend to love or hate--Chicken Place has one of the easiest to love.

Other memorable plates are the house bistec, a big platter with plantains, fried eggs, fries, and rice; lomo saltado, the Peruvian answer to stir-fry, with beef, peppers, onions, and fried potatoes; a fragrant and creamy cilantro-laced beef stew; and the unusual-but-delicious scrambled eggs with shrimp. If you crave fishy flavors, the pungent parihuela, a concentrated soup with a flotilla of shell and fin fish, is a briny bowl.
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