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Good Peruvian chicken in the area?

Teelo_boo Apr 4, 2002 01:41 PM

Can anyone recommend a good place to get good Peruvian chicken or similarly cooked chicken? I live in Alexandria but will drive anywhere. I just have a craving for some good chicken!!!


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    mp Apr 9, 2002 11:42 PM

    el pollo rico in wheaton, across wheaton plaza is great, much better than crisp and juicy in rockville.
    how can you tell it's good? long lines of hispanic locals during lunch and dinner! cheap too!

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      Teelo_boo Apr 8, 2002 11:37 AM

      Thanks for all of your recommendations. I can't wait to get started trying everything out...

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        James Apr 5, 2002 01:08 AM

        I recommend Edy's (5240 Leesburg Pike). It's some of the best chicken I've had in ages. The beef is pretty good too. Excellent yucca too.

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          Bob W. Apr 4, 2002 04:33 PM

          Pollos Inka in Herndon. With a name like that, it better be good, and it is.

          The whole chicken with a salad and a mess of yuca for $11.99 is a great deal.

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            TerriS Apr 4, 2002 04:12 PM

            I'm not entirely certain that it's Peruvian, but there is a chicken place in the little strip mall directly across the street from the Huntington metro on North Kings Highway. There is also a great latino market there...

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              foodie in lawyer's clothing Apr 4, 2002 04:00 PM

              I happen to really like Pollo Rico in Arlington. REALLY cheap, but really good. Unfortunately, rumor has it that its lease runs out at the end of '02, and won't be renewed.

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                Jim Leff Apr 4, 2002 04:35 PM

                A shame. But the chowhound thing to do is to bond NOW with management, so you can find out right away if they reopen elsewhere. Maybe even extract an email address or home phone number. Tracking is everything.

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                  Gordo Apr 5, 2002 12:17 PM

                  second the endorsement of Pollo Rico in Arlington.Parking is a problem and you'll probably have to wait in line. But worth it.

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                  MikeP Apr 4, 2002 02:50 PM

                  In Adams Morgan there's Granja de Oro at Columbia and 18th. The place is a serious dive, but the chicken is great.

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                  1. re: MikeP
                    Papan Apr 4, 2002 03:01 PM

                    Granja d'oro has a branch in Falls church at Annandale Road near Route 50. Free parking. you won't have to fight the Adams Morgan traffic and parking problem.

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                    pauliep Apr 4, 2002 01:48 PM

                    I have had really good luck at Crisp and Juicy in Falls Church. I can't say the same for the branch in Rockville.

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                      Jim Leff Apr 4, 2002 01:48 PM

                      You're Not Far. Arlington Has A Few, On Or Around Leesburg Pike. Best used to be Edy's, but I hear they've declined a bit since moving to a bigger place (don't miss the alfajore cookies). Try them, though, and some other places near there. Also, you're close to

                      Chicken & Steak
                      5240 Leesburg Pike
                      Falls Church Va 22041

                      Here's a list of peruvian in DC and nearby VA I've had squirreled away. Might be out of date, call to check:

                      Cafe Atlantico
                      405 Eighth St. NW Washington , 20004

                      Costa Verde Restaurant
                      946 N. Jackson St. Arlington , 22201

                      Crisp & Juicy
                      4540 Lee Hwy. Arlington , 22207

                      El Chalan Restaurant
                      1924 I (Eye) St. NW Washington , 20006-2103

                      El Pollo Rico
                      2917 Washington Blvd. Arlington , 22201-2115

                      Mi Peru
                      18216 Flower Hill Way Gaithersburg , 20879-5300

                      Super Chicken
                      422 S. Washington St. Falls Church VA , 22046


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                      1. re: Jim Leff
                        Keith Apr 4, 2002 06:31 PM

                        I just had their chicken on Monday night and it was GREAT. We generally go to the Crisp & Juicy in Falls Church, but I decided to try this place instead. The chicken has more flavor and a bit juicier. The only down side is when I ordered beans; I did not get the black beans. I got something that was more like refried beans instead.

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