El Pollo Rico - Wheaton

2517 University Blvd.
Wheaton, MD 20902


Neighborhood: Wheaton

Cuisines: South American, Peruvian

Opening Hours:
Open daily 10 AM to 10 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted

Best Dishes:
Peruvian chicken; French fries; rum cake; alfajores; mayo-yellow mustard sauce; 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, Delivery, Outdoor Seating

Scene: Outdoor Seating

Cheap Eats 2010: El Pollo Rico— Wheaton

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: We’re not sure if it’s black-mint paste, aji pepper, or something the owners won’t divulge. Whatever the secret to the 24-hour marinade, lots of people are addicted to the birds turned out by this duo of Peruvian-style rotisseries.

What to get: Chickens fresh off the spit, sold whole or hacked into halves or quarters. Two sauces come on the side, one cool and creamy, the other green and fiery. Extras such as fries and coleslaw are skippable. For dessert you’ll find punch-packing rum cake.

Best for: Carryout—the dining rooms are loud and charmless.

Insider tip: If you’re getting chicken to go, ask for extra sauces. The to-go cups are tiny.

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