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Mar 20, 2008 08:49 PM

Peruvian chicken - replacement for El Pollo Rico?

We live in Germantown (well, not for long, but I digress) and we would regularly drive to Wheaton to get El Pollo Rico chicken. Now that they're closed after the fire, we're clueless as to where to go! We had El Pollo Sabroso with friends, and it was delicious, but it's too far for us to drive for takeout.

Anyone have any suggestions for replacement Peruvian chicken? We're willing to drive to Silver Spring, Wheaton, Bethesda, Rockville, etc. Nothing further south than Chevy Chase Circle, if possible. I know there are a few in VA that people have recommended (Super Pollo, Edy's, the other EPR, etc.), but it's just too far. :(

I've heard good things about Chicken on the Run in Bethesda: but I'm skeptical. It seems too good to be true - fabulous Peruvian chicken a block from my work? Is it true? I looked for reviews on here, but couldn't find much.

Any suggestions/advice is greatly appreciated! Please help this pollo addict get her chicken fix. ;)

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  1. Try Crisp and Juicy in Silver Spring (on East West Hwy) or Rockville. I've always preferred their chicken to tell you the truth...they also have great yuca fries.

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    1. re: seviamina

      I agree. I live in Arlington and we prefer Crisp & Juicy over El Pollo Rico too. They're both delicious, but I adore those yuca fries and the spice combination on the chicken. I think you would really enjoy Crisp & Juicy!

      1. re: seviamina

        I agree with the Crisp and Juicy supporters! I used to go to El Pollo Rico often, but the yuca fries and excellent spicy sauce at C&J won me over.

        1. re: seviamina

          There's at least one C&J closer than that one on East-West. One's in the lower of the Wheaton mall. I think the yucca there is good but for chicken and the plantains, it's EPR hands down.

          But I'm headed for the surviving chicken places in the same strip.

        2. 5 stores down from el pollo rico (in Wheaton) is superchicken, which I think is better than Pollo Rico

          1. I thought that place in bethesda closed?

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            1. re: Jeserf

              Jeserf - It may have - I was just looking at their website, but I've never seen it in person. I KNEW it was too good to be true!!

              Thank you guys so much. So my husband and I will be picking up a chicken from Crisp & Juicy tonight, and we'll try Superchicken in the coming weeks.

              The parents are in town in April, and there's one night where I don't feel like cooking and I know they LOVE chicken, so we have to do research before we get takeout chicken with them.

              1. re: MPJ

                in case you get confused when you go to superchicken (there are like 7 chicken places in that strip alone), they are the ones that play the music outside and the dining area still has decoration from its former asian restaurant days.

                1. re: cleveland park

                  So Superchicken is in the same strip mall as EPR was, right? And they're still there, they didn't burn down?

                  I can't tell you how excited I am for Crisp & Juicy tonight. They have a Rockville location - that's where we're planning to go - is it as good as the Silver Spring location?

              2. re: Jeserf

                Pretty sure Chicken On The Run is still open. Worth a look-see/taste for MPJ since she works in the neighborhood.

                1. re: Mister Big

                  Okie dokie...I'm calling them right now to see if they're open...

                  and the survey says..............they're open!

                  I'll try this one day at work - it's literally around the corner from my work!

                  ETA: I'm referring to Chicken on the Run.

                2. re: Jeserf

                  Jeserf, Chicken on the Run is very open. You might be confusing it with Chespeake Chicken which recently closed and was mediocre to bad.

                  MPJ, We had Chicken on The Run's fiesta deal (whole chick, 2 lg sides and tortillas for $18 +/-) for dinner wednesday night. All was as tasty as EPR (we had chicken, yucca & rice & beans)... except for El Pollo Ricos mayonaise sauce was spicier/better. Chicken on the Run is a small place, so plan for takeout only. It's right next to the County parking garage on St Elmo.

                  People in my office really like their Chop Chop salad for lunch, but I've never had it.

                  1. re: keithdcil

                    Is it Chesapeake Chicken and Rockin Ribs that closed?

                    1. re: chowsearch

                      On Zagat it says "this property is temporarily closed".

                    2. re: keithdcil

                      Good news on all fronts! Thank you for the review of Chicken on the Run. I have a feeling I'll be bringing a chicken home one night after work next week. :)

                      That mayonnaise sauce from EPR was to die for - especially when you mixed it with the spicy sauce - yum.

                      I'm excited to try Crisp & Juicy tonight. All this chicken talk has made me hungry.

                      Another quick question: Do all of these places (Crisp & Juicy, Chicken on the Run, Superchicken) cook their chicken on a rotating spit like EPR did, or are they cooked differently?

                      1. re: MPJ

                        Chicken on the Run is on rotating spits -I think the big oven is wood fired also.

                        1. re: MPJ

                          As a note, C&J's green sauce is different than EPR's - much more garlick-y rather than spicy. It's delicious though.

                          1. re: bylinemjf

                            Is it more like the white garlic sauce (toum) from Lebanese Taverna? That stuff is magical.

                            1. re: MPJ

                              So I'm reporting back with a review!

                              We got takeout from Crisp & Juicy on Rockville Pike. We got the $8.90 "super platter" which was 1/2 chicken, french fries, 2 small containers of sauce, and cole slaw (well I wanted to order the regular super platter with the salad and get an additional side of cole slaw, but things got lost in translation and there was plenty of food anyway), and we had to suffer the 13 miles back to our place smelling that incredible chicken!

                              So we split up the chicken (thigh and leg for yours truly, breast and wing for the Mr.) and fries and cole slaw, and there was definitely more than enough food for the 2 of us. For $8.90, it was a great deal.

                              Now the taste: very good! It wasn't as heavily seasoned as EPR, but the breast meat was nice and moist and the flavor was great. The french fries and cole slaw were the same as EPR - okay, but nothing to write home about. And the sauce was DELICIOUS! Loved the sauce.

                              So overall we were pleased! We still have some eating to do - Chicken on the Run and Superchicken are next on the list.

                              Thank you guys for the recommendations! I had no idea this place even existed.

                              1. re: MPJ

                                Equally as good as Crisp & Juicy, maybe better, is Jr.'s Chicken in Old Town Gaithersburg. It is also an easier drive from Germantown.

                    3. When I was in the area my friends and I would go to Chicken on the Run all the time... I actually prefer it to Crisp and Juicy (at least their Rockville Pike location).

                      COTR's yuca fries as well as their red beans and rice are both great. I definitely recommend checking out Chicken on the Run

                      1. Another suggestion -- I'm partial to Don Pollo on Viers Mill Road just west of Twinbrook Parkway. They have yucca, and their sauce is good. Like most, their other sides are just okay, but the chicken is always moist and well-spiced. Next door to the Twinbrook Deli, home of an excellent cold-cut sub.

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                        1. re: marianna trench

                          So is Pollo Rico totally done now? (not re-opening that is)?

                          1. re: beauxgoris

                            Just drove by the new building in the area that was once the Anchor Inn in Wheaton (University and Georgia) and one of the spaces had a "Coming Soon El Pollo Rico" banner up. Hadn't noticed it before ... but looks a long way from being ready.

                            Nice space, but parking might be an issue -- not that it was good at the old place.

                              1. re: beauxgoris

                                Drove by the old Chesapeake Chicken location in bethesda today and it says: Pollo Carl (?) coming soon. So I guess that means bethesda will have it's own pollo joint soon!