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El Pollo Rico - Arlington

932 N. Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201

703-522-3220

Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse

Cuisines: South American, Peruvian

Opening Hours:
Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: 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

Cheap Eats 2008: El Pollo Rico (Arlington)

Why go: Who cares if the plates are Styrofoam, the utensils are plastic, and the only attempt at jazzing up the atmosphere at this Ballston polleria is a staticky radio tuned to easy listening? You’re here for the Peruvian-style chicken, one bite of which will grab your attention.

What to get: Spice-crusted, spit-roasted chicken—so moist and tender that you barely need a knife—hacked into quarters or halves or served whole and accompanied by a mild mayo sauce and a piquant salsa of crushed jalapeños. Steak fries and coleslaw, the only other offerings on the menu, are just so-so.

Best for: A satisfying meal at lightning speed—the cashier will have your plate assembled in less than 30 seconds; taking the chicken to go and making your own sides.

Insider tip: El Pollo Rico’s Wheaton twin, destroyed by fire in February, is expected to reopen in the fall.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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