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El Pollo Rico

932 North Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
703 522 3220
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Ranked #2 of 685 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue, Mexican, Peruvian
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Decatur, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Fantastic food, fast service, simple menu, and minimalist seating...but that last piece doesn't really matter. El Pollo Rico is a pretty cool experience. It's fast food, but not because they use microwaves (they don't). They do it through volumes and a simple menu. They have a lot of customers coming through every day, and with such a simple menu they... More

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Staten Island, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

for roughly $16 you'll get a whole chicken and 2 sides (coleslaw, steak fries, rice). the size of the chickens compared to other places of the same type of restaurant is actually meatier and a bit bigger. the seasoning is also quite heavy on the pepper FYI regarding the sides, they're very small imo... the only sides that are big... More

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Bardstown
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

THis is a litlte restaurant hidden away, but what a pearl! WHen you walk in they have tons of small chickens roasting and turning and the smell is delicious. You simply get in in line and they choose a chicken for you, chop it up and serve it with sauce, fries and a drink. One chicken was enough to serve... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The quarter chicken with two sides and two sauces is the way to go. The chicken is seasoned just right and cooked just right. I ended up giving up on the plastic fork and using my hands. Fries and rice were both delicious, too. Can't wait to try the cole slaw and the desserts! And try an Inca Kola, which... More

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Munster, Indiana
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189 reviews 189 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I am addicted to Pollo Rico. We always carry out, but stop and eat the fries before you hit the road while they're hot. The chicken, roasted on spits, is seasoned just so...

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Bellevue, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After weeks of noticing the huge lunchtime crowds, my husband and I went to this hole in the wall to try it out. So glad we did. Only grilled chicken (1/4, 1/2 or whole), sides (steak fries, white rice and cole slaw), canned and bottled non-alcoholic drinks and home made Peruvian desserts are on the menu. Super reasonable prices and... More

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There are not too many options here -- a full chicken, a half chicken, or a quarter chicken -- but every bite of their perfectly seasoned Peruvian chicken is delicious. Better than any chicken I had in Peru. The lines can be long in prime periods, but it's worth the wait.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Love this place! My children ask for every time we are near Arlington. Its been featured on the food channel too. Its a must stop location. Best Rotessorie chicken around.. They started the rotessotie chicken gas.

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Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have eaten at Pollo Rico for years as have our neighbors. Top notch food done in a very casual style. You have to eat it to believe it!! franki

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Third trip to Arlington and eat at El Pollo Rico every time. The food is consistently fantastic and is likely the most moist and tasty Peruvian style chicken I have had. Service is typically fast and friendly. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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