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“Succulent and Juicy Chicken” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Pollo Rico

El Pollo Rico
Ranked #6 of 834 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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134 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Succulent and Juicy Chicken”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Their menu is simple:
chicken, fries, white rice, coleslaw, 4 desserts and soda/water.

The chicken is spiced wonderfully and the meat is juicy and succulent. The place has a small parking lot and it's packed all the time. I've been here for both lunch and dinner and there are people always waiting in line to get the best chicken in the entire area.

It's the most plain Jane joint you will visit, but the chicken is possible the best I've had anywhere.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Lansdowne, Virginia
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60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just ok chicken and trashy looking restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

The place needs some work, I take that back, A LOT of work. It's filthy, it's like they haven't cleaned it in years! It's really gross. The service was good. Chicken was just okay nothing special. It tasted like chicken you could've gotten at Cosco or BJ's. the line was crazy long though. Not sure what the big deal is! I don't know if I'd go back just for the chicken but I'd go back of my friends wanted to!

    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Potomac, Maryland
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224 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“best rotisserie chicken in the DC metro area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The chicken was excellent as is always the case. No one spices the birds better or assures more consistent quality in their chicken than this place.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Chicken”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I tried the chicken on way home from work and was pleasantly surprise how good the chicken was. Great the next day for leftover sandwishes and chicken salad.

Visited June 2012
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Annandale, VA
Level Contributor
137 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you are looking for the best Peruvian chicken in the area, look no further. I work in DC, but we go to Ballston every few weeks to get their chicken. Sides include steak fries and cole slaw, both excellent. If I could eat here every day, I probably would.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Andy M
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