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El Pollo Loco, Tewksbury Ma. - not bad for chain/fast food

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We were surprised at how tasty the chicken was, and the salsa bar was a nice touch. For a fast food chain, this was a nice alternative. Chicken was very tender and not dried out. Sides of chips, guac, and beans (bbq black) were surprisingly good (although not the corn or vegies but I didn't expect them to be great). We loved the salsa bar, comes with all the dishes: two differenct salsas, another sauce and a hot guacomole sauce (thinner then normal guac). We also split the chicken nachos and was surprised as well. I guess we weren't expecting much from a drive thru, fast food joint - but it did exceed our expectations. Seemed a bit healthier then Kentucky.

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  1. I didn't realize there were any of these in New England; there's quite a few all over Southern California. Yes, the chicken is really tasty and flame broiled. I don't remember liking their black beans because of the smoky flavor, but I did like their regular beans (they're not refried).

    1. Dry chicken - done to 185F, just like the book says. Not much selection besides dried out chicken. I didn't expect much, they failed to deliver. Drive across the street to Oscar's Pinata. Also check out the entries in the on-going Lawrence food thread about Jacqueline’s Grocery Store - great chicken.

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      1. re: applehome

        yes, will have to try that place. We love Cafe Azteca in Lawrence. Been wanting to try an authentic Puerta Rican place in Lawrence but can't remember the name.

      2. i was at Foxwoods Casino a couple months ago and had a $10.00 food coupon burning a hole in my pocket. I used it at El Pollo Loco there before getting on the bus to go home. What a pleasant surprise! The chicken was perfectly seasoned and moist. That was almost as surprising as going home a winner,lol. Unfortunately there are no El Pollo Locos in my area but I'll eat there when I return to Foxwoods.

        1. This location did not make it and they are now closed.

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          1. re: mjg0725

            There is one opening in Warwick, RI in the spring...