Cheap Eats 2011: El Pollo Rico Arlington
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El Pollo Rico - Arlington
Address: 932 N. Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-522-3220
Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Peruvian chicken; French fries; rum cake; alfajores; mayo-yellow mustard sauce and cilantro-lime sauce.
Price Details: Quarter chicken with sides $3.90; half chicken with sides $6.30; whole chicken with sides $11.70.

Long considered the king of the area's Peruvian-chicken houses, these rotisseries still sit at the top--when the kitchens are on top of their game, which is often. The owners won't say what's in the slightly spicy rub packed under the skin, but they've let leak that the birds are marinated 24 hours before going on the spit. The result is a flavor that's spicy, salty, and peppery. New additions to the Wheaton menu are tamales and chicken empanadas, but they're both forgettable.

A tip to up your chances of a getting a great chicken: Prime time might mean waiting in line, but the birds won't sit in a warmer.

Also good: Chicken comes with a choice of two sides (choose rice and beans over fries or coleslaw); anise-seed-studded alfajores cookies with dulce de leche.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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