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 AM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Outdoor Seating

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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