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El Pollo Rico

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Mexican, Peruvian, Barbecue, Spanish, Chicken Wings
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932 North Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2227
703 522 3220
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 72
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  • 27
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Simply the Best...Ever!

This 'institution' in Arlington has perfected rotisserie chicken Peruvian-style...for take-out or no-frills eat-in... with simple, tasty sides of slaw, fries, or beans, and two delicious sauces (the green is fresh jalapeno peppers; be careful!). Highly recommended... even Anthony Bourdain went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
wildswanDelaware
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Delaware
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This 'institution' in Arlington has perfected rotisserie chicken Peruvian-style...for take-out or no-frills eat-in... with simple, tasty sides of slaw, fries, or beans, and two delicious sauces (the green is fresh jalapeno peppers; be careful!). Highly recommended... even Anthony Bourdain went there!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Roasted Peruvian style. Whole, half or quarter. Fries or coleslaw. Mild or spicy sauce. A variety of Hispanic drinks and desserts. They are fast. Service from the counter and they move. Good thing too because the line can go out the door. We generally get our order to go but they have a no frills dining area.

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Arlington, Virginia
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

So, so tasty... there's little else to say. This chicken joint was located, back in the day, over by Clarendon just off Highland, in a small strip mall with a 7-11 and a karate studio. The line of customers would often run the depth of the restaurant, and snake out the door onto the sidewalk. The mall was torn down... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Don't go for atmosphere, but this is the best pollo a la brasa you will find and the cheapest best meal around!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can smell the wonderful rotisserie quite a distance away. As you get closer you realize you are not alon e as the parking lot is always busy. Fortunately, we live within walking distance and can treat ourselves to the best rotisserie chicken in the DC area whenever we feel the ned for crisp skin and succulent meat.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The roasted Peruvian chicken is amazing. I recommend you order it with potatoes and ketchup. I really enjoyed it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I've been going to El Pollo Rico for decades and it is still my favorite Peruvian chicken in the DC area. Their spices are fabulous. They don't have a lot of sides but it doesn't matter - I'm there for the chicken. And, there prices are still incredibly low.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Good place to go and the kids, my wife was telling me about this place so I decided to come and try it.. food is good, and they say: Pollo loco" when deliver you order.. Nice and fun too

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Had this place recommended so I went there for lunch. Seems to be a popular place at lunch and they have a lot of seating. The chicken is cooked on rotisseries over wood fires and is well seasoned. The coleslaw and fries were unremarkable. The service moved people briskly and the price was very reasonable.

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Now that's what I'm talking about! I love finding great meals under $10...And at El Pollo Rico its only $6.35 for a quarter chicken white meat combo meal with 2 sides. The chicken is uniquely spiced, magically juicy and delicious! The thick fries and tangy coleslaw is tasty too. El Pollo Rico is definitely worth a side trip if you're... More 

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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: Mexican, Peruvian, Barbecue, Spanish, Chicken Wings

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Peruvian, Barbecue, Spanish, Chicken Wings

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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