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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 677 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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Dickerson, Maryland
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133 reviews 133 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Ate dinner her with my wife while we were in Arlington and truly enjoyed it. The chicken was great; we split a whole one with coleslaw and fries as sides. As others have noted, it is quite a simple menu and they have it down to a science to manage the throughput. To me, that deserves four stars and I... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

El Pollo Rico the best chicken in the USA - and the best value. Opposite the Highlander Hotel and looks like everything it isn't -don't be put off! Go in and feast! You won't regret it.

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Decatur, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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209 reviews 209 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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Additional Information about El Pollo Rico

Address: 932 North Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
Phone Number: 703 522 3220
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
Cuisine: Barbecue, Mexican, Peruvian

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