Cheap Eats 2007: El Pollo Rico, Wheaton
This location is currently closed.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Don Rockwell, Michele Kayal
Comments () | Published July 12, 2007
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El Pollo Rico - Wheaton
Address: 2517 University Blvd. , Wheaton, MD 20902
Phone: 301-942-4419
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Open daily 10:30 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Peruvian chicken; French fries; rum cake; alfajores; mayo-yellow mustard sauce; cilantro-lime sauce.
Price Details: Quarter chicken with sides $3.90; half chicken with sides $6.30; whole chicken with sides $11.70.

The guys with the cleavers—whack! whack! whack!—work way too close to their fingers. But somehow the choppers at these beloved local places, where the lines on a midweek night stretch to the door, never seem to miss.

The cooking is just as true. Indians, Asians, Latinos, baby-strollers, business suits, cops—all flock to the storefronts for their fix. There are plenty of chicken shops in town, but none has mastered the process like these guys, from the 24-hour soak in a cumin-spiked paste of Peruvian peppers to the slow, careful tending over an open flame. The result is a bird that’s tangy and tender. Another attraction: the clean, bright atmosphere, more picnic area than polleria.

Skip the fries that replace the yucca in Arlington, and don’t miss the surprise in Wheaton: a flan that is light and full of caramel taste.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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