Pollo Campero - Falls Church

5852 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041


Neighborhood: Falls Church

Cuisines: South American, Deli/Quick Bites

Opening Hours:
Open Sunday through Thursday 10 to 10, Friday and Saturday 10 to 11.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Fried chicken; stewed beans; Spanish rice; horchata; Tamarindo.

Pollo Campero- Falls Church

November 2005

At the Guatemalan fried-chicken chain Pollo Campero (11420 Georgia Ave.; 301-942-6868), the drumsticks, wings, thighs, and breasts are deep-fried a gorgeous saffron color. This, according to Pollo Campero brass, is achieved by dusting them with a seasoned flour flown in from Guatemala every few weeks (Campero employees sign a confidentiality agreement requiring them to keep the more than a dozen ingredients and methods secret) and flash-frying them at high temperatures. Thin-cut frozen fries and Spanish-style rice are fine accompaniments, but the lightly spicy beans, thick with pintos, sausage, and peppers, are the sleeper on the menu--good enough to make you forget about chicken altogether.