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El Pollo Rico, Arlington
These Peruvian rotisseries put out a terrific bird.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 11, 2006
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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

From June 2006 Cheap Eats

Some of the area's worst traffic jams occur at these chicken joints come dinner time. The smoky perfume drifting up from the grill draws passersby, and lines spill out the door as the counter staff struggles to fill orders and keep dozens of chickens swirling on the spit.

None of the Peruvian rotisserie places that have cropped up in the area turns out a bird with as much flavor. Tender, juicy, succulent--this is a chicken to rhapsodize over. Ask for extra sauce--both the mayo-yellow mustard and spicy cilantro-lime, which come in tiny plastic containers, are addictive. Don't miss the crisp (albeit frozen) fries. The mayo-logged slaw has never been a strong suit.

In Maryland try the moist rum cake, soaked with enough liquor to make you tipsy; alfajores, those Latin sandwich cookies with a slather of dulce de leche, are the sweet of choice in Virginia.

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