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El Pollo Loco in DC?

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Are there any in the DC Metro Area?

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  1. There are none in the DC area but I would love to have them open one here.

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    1. re: dpan

      I may have the wrong name, but I'm pretty sure we visited one in Arlington, VA last time we visited. It was sort of around the corner from Murky Coffee in Arlington.

      1. re: Rick

        Think you're thinking of El Pollo Rico there.

    2. Perhaps not as 'crackchickeny' as the serious pollo places, but Margarita's midway up Wisconsin Ave, in Glover Park, and La Granja de Oro in Adams Morgan on Columbia just west of 18th. Excellent chicken, a good substitute if you cannot get out to the burbs.

      1. I don't know of any in DC proper, but you say the metro area. I'm also assuming you're talking about Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Here are three threads that list quite a few:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422816

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/422145

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417468

        1. If you are talking about the fast food chain, the closest one(unfortunately) is in Connecticut. I know most foodies will turn their noses up at fast food but it is really good fresh stuff. I was recently in SoCal and didn't get a chance to go! Tragedy! If you find a good substitute, please post!

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          1. re: PJ4

            Just checked the chain's website. If that is what you're looking for, then Guapo's will be close to this, most likely. Still, I urge you to go for some of the other ones in those threads I posted previously. El Pollo Rico is sort of the grandaddy of those joints in this area, but there are many others that outshine EPR in certain aspects (especially in terms of sides).

          2. The closest that you'll find are the peruvian or central american style rotisserie places. There are a number of them, just look for the signs that say pollo a la brasa. They certainly have a different flavor than El Pollo Loco. Less savory/salty, more tart. A good first start might be Crisp and Juicy, a local chain.

            Unfortunately, none of them have Fosters Freeze shakes in them!