El Pollo Rico

I was drawn in by the positive reviews on the website talking about how good the “whole chicken with green sauce” is so I had to try it.

Front view

Front view

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

The Restaurant

The establishment appeared to be a previous fast food restaurant and looked clean. Parking was easy as we were one of two parties present the whole time there. Atmosphere was what you can expect from a previous fast food establishment however they did have a soccer game on the TV which made it feel a bit more like an authentic Mexican establishment in my opinion. Upon entry I immediately smelled the grilled aroma and was excited to try it.

Ordering and service

Easy to order menu with multiple combo variations and possible sides made it easy to try a variety of items. I ordered the half chicken and pollo asada plate with beans, rice and flour tortillas. Price was about what you would expect – I think I paid around $10 or 11 bucks with a soda. Staff was quick and helpful to ensure we got what we wanted to order. Food was prepared quickly with little wait time.

Time to Eat

Half chicken and pollo asada

Half chicken and pollo asada

Steak taco

Steak taco

Make sure you check out the salsa bar as they have all kinds of condiments to suit anyone’s need for additional flavor. Kicking it off with a steak taco, the combination of meat, onions, peppers, salsa, rice and beans was tasty and enjoyable. I was surprised by the tenderness of the meat as it was not greasy nor chewy as some of these type places can serve however the flavor somewhat lacked. The next bite was the chicken and it was very enjoyable – good flavor, a little greasy but not to much. I ended up not even bothering making a taco rather just going for it. Beans had good flavor but also a little greasy, and the rice was fairly standard in my book.

Summary

The food was good, place was clean, and service was fast and at an OK price. I didn’t step into the restrooms so no comment there. All in all I’d say that it wasn’t bad. However not being someplace that really captured my taste buds, it probably wont be a regular in my book. ~ Josh

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