Chicken Rey Cafe

11238 Georgia Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902


Neighborhood: Wheaton

Cuisines: South American, Peruvian

Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
Rotisserie chicken; French fries; black beans; fried plantains; alfajores.

Dirt Cheap Eats 2008: Chicken Rey Cafe

Chicken Rey Cafe (11238 Georgia Ave., Wheaton; 301-933-8989). A menu full of Peruvian specialties—ceviche ($10.95), skewered cow hearts ($6.95)—is a promising chance to try this South American cuisine. On two visits, the three-month-old 12-seater was out of almost everything—a shortcoming we forgave as soon as we tried the rotisserie chicken. A mixture of cinnamon, cumin, and nutmeg balanced by red and white vinegars permeated the meat and glazed the crispy skin.

A quarter bird ($5.25) is a satisfying meal for one with its two free sides: We recommend the thick French fries, black beans, and fried plantains. Alfajores ($1.75)—two crumbly cookies sandwiching a schmear of dulce de leche—are a sweet end to the meal. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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