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Although the menu boasts a variety of Peruvian dishes, the star at this restaurant is the chicken. Prepared rotisserie style, it's juicy and tender with a crisp, brown skin. Order it with a side of French fries and salsa huancaina or aji. The first is a creamy cheese sauce usually served on sliced baked potatoes and the second, a purée of spicy peppers. Both rival ketchup as a perfect dip, at least that's what any native will tell you. Other sides include frijoles canarios, black beans, rice, or for the health conscious, a crisp side salad. You can pick up South American candies while you're there or one of El Pollon's many desserts, such as arroz con leche, crema volteada (flan), or picarones -- deep fried dough served with a special syrup. You can even order an Inca Kola to complete the authentic Peruvian grill experience.
It slowly turns, browning to perfection, becoming so tender it falls off the bone. The chicken at this Peruvian grill will take you back to the glory days of Lima's La Granja Azul. And though no chicken outside Peru could ever match what you got in Santa Clara, El Pollon makes for a tasty alternative. And it beats getting on a plane or trying to go back in time (especially since a whole chicken with a side costs just about $10 here). Be sure to ask for fries too. They're the hard-to-find... More »
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