Cheap Eats 2009: El Pollo Rico - Wheaton
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 19, 2009
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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.

Why go: None of the other rotisserie-chicken joints can match the succulence of these spice-rubbed, spit-roasted birds. The secret: a 24-hour brine—but the precise combination of salt, citrus, and spice is a recipe the owners won’t divulge.

What to get: The chicken. For big eaters, the sweet-corn tamale steamed in a banana leaf—available only in Wheaton—is a good side order, and the rum cake is a delicious, boozy dessert.

Best for: Fast takeout—the birds hold up well in Styrofoam containers, and the line moves almost as quickly as the cleaver-wielding guys who hack up the chicken.

Insider tip: Go at peak lunch and dinner hours to get birds fresh off the spit.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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