El Pollo Rico - Arlington

932 N. Kenmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201


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 2012: El Pollo Rico

Cheap Eats 2012

Peruvian chicken houses are nearly as common as burger joints around here, and for years these bare-bones pollerias have been in the top tier. At their finest, the spice-rubbed birds, which rotate above bright-orange coals, sport moist meat and zesty skin.

It’s best to come at dinner, when families pile around tables scattered with cans of Inca Kola and when turnover is high—at slower times the chickens can sit and turn dry. Tiny cups of fiery jalapeño purée and tangy mayo sauce come with your bird—they’re so good we order extra. Lines can be long, but the recent addition of credit-card machines is a convenience.

Also good: Thick-cut fries; alfajores (shortbread cookies).