El Pollo Rico - Arlington
932 N. Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Virginia Square-GMU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Peruvian chicken; French fries; rum cake; alfajores; mayo-yellow mustard sauce and cilantro-lime sauce.
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: None of the other rotisserie-chicken joints can match the succulence of these spice-rubbed, spit-roasted birds. The secret: a 24-hour brine—but the precise combination of salt, citrus, and spice is a recipe the owners won’t divulge.
What to get: The chicken. For big eaters, the sweet-corn tamale steamed in a banana leaf—available only in Wheaton—is a good side order, and the rum cake is a delicious, boozy dessert.
Best for: Fast takeout—the birds hold up well in Styrofoam containers, and the line moves almost as quickly as the cleaver-wielding guys who hack up the chicken.
Insider tip: Go at peak lunch and dinner hours to get birds fresh off the spit.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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