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El Pollo Rico - Arlington

932 N. Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201

703-522-3220

Neighborhood: Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse, Arlington

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 2009: El Pollo Rico - Arlington

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

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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