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Has anyone been to "Pollo Tropical"?

chocolatebirthdaycake Nov 30, 2008 08:29 PM

AWESOME! This chain has terrific marinated & grilled chicken, sweet plantains, fried yuca, tres leches cake, etc. The restaurant is tropically designed, bright and clean - I went to the Woodbridge, NJ location but know they have other locations in the Tri-State area and throughout Florida.

I encourage all "'hounds" to try this inexpensive and delicioso place!!!


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    stephiehun RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Dec 1, 2008 09:28 AM

    My family in Clifton, NJ got takeout from there once. It was so good! Everything we had was delicious, especially the guava barbecue sauce. I wish there was one closer to me.
    My husband and I are actually going to visit them this weekend - now I'll have to make sure we get there.

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      fourunder RE: stephiehun Dec 14, 2008 09:33 AM

      I wish there was one closer to me

      Is Little Ferry close enough?


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        stephiehun RE: fourunder Jan 13, 2009 06:24 AM

        No - I live in Delaware. :( I've been to the one in Clifon by my family, and still talk about it months later.

    2. Rae2 RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Dec 1, 2008 09:44 AM

      I too would love to see the replies on this, I live around the corner from the Woodbrige, NJ one, and haven't tried it yet. I am not a bone person. Do they have any boneless items?
      Seems all ribs and chicken on bones.
      I also guess I am still a little ticked they put this where my Wendy's was.
      Wendy's was there one day and gone the next and within 2 months hello Pollo.
      I wait on the reviews and see re: the bone situation.. LOL
      It goes back to a teacher in 2nd grade decided she would tell us where all meat comes from. Ugg My husband has to pull meat off for me and get rid of bones at any funtion I can not run from it.
      I didn't start eating meat again till 1988! Drove my Mom nuts..

      Ok just checked out the menu from the link..Chicken breast (no bone) Rest doesn't do it for me. all the rest looks pretty nasty. Not my cup of tea
      Would rather have my Wendy's back!

      1. HitchChic RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Dec 2, 2008 10:52 AM

        I lived in South FL for a while and this was the only "fast food" place that I would eat. I am a fan of the chicken on rice with their sweet bbq sauce and a side of plantains. Oh I miss it everyday.

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          tlubow RE: HitchChic Dec 2, 2008 11:26 AM

          Here in South FL it is a fast-food staple. So much tastier than your typical greasy burger place, and the great lunch specials are an office favorite. Please try the boiled yuca with garlic sauce and the fried yuca - both are so good - better than potatoes.

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            Kajikit RE: tlubow Dec 5, 2008 05:41 AM

            How good it is really depends on your store... the one by our house is great - they have a very high turnover so everything's very fresh and delicious. But I went to one in Orlando and it was dried out and gross.

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          Fibber McGee RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Dec 5, 2008 09:04 AM

          I make it a point to go when I'm in South Florida. Best meals, best sides, best desserts of any "fast food" place I've been to.

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            crewsweeper RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Dec 15, 2008 09:10 AM

            The only thing I don't like on th emenu is the yucca fries. Yucca is yuck-a to me.
            But otherwise this chain is a good model for good fast food. I'm glad to hear it's up in NJ. Just hope it doesn't over reach in expansion and quality drops.

            1. njchowgal RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Dec 17, 2008 01:32 PM

              PT Woodbridge is good eats. I can't wait until the Staten Island location opens. I usually order the chicken with yellow rice, with a side of curry sauce and some raw onions for a kick. I only once had a disappointing meal, with a dry 1/2 chicken. We took it back up to the counter, and they happily replaced it was a juicy one.

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                nmurawsk RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Jan 12, 2009 01:20 PM

                I love Pollo, the plantains are so yummy. If you haven't yet - you MUST try the soup. It can be hit or miss, but when it's on, it's really good.

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                  chepe528 RE: chocolatebirthdaycake Apr 7, 2009 05:03 PM

                  Every time I fly into Miami for business, my first stop is Pollo Tropical. I dream of the delicious Grilled Chicken. They finally came up here to New York.

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