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Aug 29, 2006 11:12 PM

Anything like El Pollo Loco?

I've been craving food from a fast food restaurant I used to frequent in Los Angeles - El Pollo Loco. It's chicken seasoned so well and they have great potato salad and cole slaw and spanish rice for sides, with tortillas and salsa and little corn cobs. It's so good - does anyone know something like that anywhere in new york??

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  1. There is a very similar restaurant all over Central America called Pollo Campero ( ) which has opened some locations in the states over the past couple of years. None in Manhattan, but the Queens destination isn't too far away. And the chicken and sides are really good.

    103-16 Roosevelt Ave.
    Corona, NY 11368
    Ph: (718) 205-6842

    1665 Fifth Ave.
    Bayshore, NY 11706
    Ph: (631) 435-7426

    1. Oh my God...I miss El Pollo Loco! Now I'm craving it. Damn!

      1. That's all I ever ate when I lived in Culver City - I can taste it now!

        1. Weren't they in SOHO for about 6 months? we went and it was odd.. pricy for what it was.. didn't know it was from elsewhere .. How about the new Peruvian on on corner of Christopher and Bedford? forget the name...

          1. Nope. El Pollo is one of a kind. One the things that makes LA unique.

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            1. re: Uptownflavor

              Except that it is not unique to LA. There are at least two franchises in our area, one in Reno and one in Sparks. I do admit to eating there fairly often (actually, its a favorite take-out spot when we are too tired to cook and want something quick and easy....)

              1. re: janetofreno

                However no matter where you go in LA there is a Pollo Loco. I'm from the West Coast so I know how tiny Reno and Sparks are and it doesn't compare :-)

              2. re: Uptownflavor

                I've seen as many in Phoenix (which is where I first discovered El Pollo Loco) as in LA...