Cheap Eats 2010: El Pollo Rico— Wheaton
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 11, 2010
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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: We’re not sure if it’s black-mint paste, aji pepper, or something the owners won’t divulge. Whatever the secret to the 24-hour marinade, lots of people are addicted to the birds turned out by this duo of Peruvian-style rotisseries.

What to get: Chickens fresh off the spit, sold whole or hacked into halves or quarters. Two sauces come on the side, one cool and creamy, the other green and fiery. Extras such as fries and coleslaw are skippable. For dessert you’ll find punch-packing rum cake.

Best for: Carryout—the dining rooms are loud and charmless.

Insider tip: If you’re getting chicken to go, ask for extra sauces. The to-go cups are tiny.

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