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Cheap Eats 2010: El Pollo Rico— Arlington
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 - 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 AM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Virginia Square-GMU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

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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