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Crisp & Juicy coming to Tenleytown

abigail99 Aug 11, 2009 11:51 AM

Passed by this morning and saw the sign up and guys working. Looks like it's in the site of the former CD/Game Exchange at 4533 Wisconsin.

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    jcinnova Sep 25, 2009 03:37 PM

    I ate at the Tenleytown Crisp & Juicy today and thought it was very good (had chicken breast sandwhich, which was juicy and flavorful, and fries, which were OK, though I wish I'd tried the Yucca). I've never been to one before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I would definitely go back.

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    1. re: jcinnova
      beauxgoris Oct 9, 2009 03:52 PM

      I still need to try this location - I've been loving Don Pollo in bethesda - so I'm interested to see how it matches up.

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        beauxgoris Oct 23, 2009 08:38 PM

        Heading this weekend. Will post back!

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          beauxgoris Oct 24, 2009 02:05 PM

          Okay: The chicken was okay - but the seasoning was stronger, i.e. saltier. I was THIRSTY as I was eating and I realized it was the salt. It was juicy, though not crispy (is it supposed to be crispy??). The fries were the same as everywhere else, basically if they're fresh they're good - but if they are at all old = then bad. Mine were fresh so = good. The coleslaw was interesting. It has poppy seeds and a bit of sugar in it - so it was sweeter than Don Pollo's or COTR. So all in all it was good BUT the sauces BLEW!!!! First of all I got a HALF a chicken and got: ONE orange sauce and ONE yellow(garlic) sauce. I *should* have checked, but seriously!? TWO sauces for all that chicken wtf? Oh and NO green sauce, zero. Bottom line I would get it again in a pinch - but the sauce issue + saltiness would have me go to Don Pollo first if I had the choice. Who knows maybe it was just a one time over-saltiness?

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            beauxgoris Nov 3, 2009 01:53 PM

            So I went back again today and won't ever go again. I got another half a chicken and noticed that when you order a half that's ALL you get. You can get a "platter" which adds sides for more money. At the other chains (don pollo or chicken on the run) the half chicken comes with 2 sides and tons of sauce. Once again I got two small sauces at Crisp & Juicy, this time I asked and said that my half chicken was for two people so shouldn't they have more than two teeny tiny sauces for two people. I was told (smugly) that I could buy more sauce at 50 cents ea. Um, no thanks. I'll never go back. The chicken was just so-so as well. It tasted more like a general rotisserie style chicken than Peruvian per se. Won't .Ever. Go. Back. I guess I'm not alone since both times I've been in, I was the only patron. Can't seem them around long.

            1. re: beauxgoris
              Gigi007 Nov 3, 2009 09:17 PM

              Your comments have reinforced my first and second experiences at this location of C&J. I was disappointed both times. IMHO, the chicken is greasy and not all that flavorful. The pink-salmon colored sauce is good, but they are quite stingy w/ the portions. I really prefer Pollo Rico or Super Pollo and wish they had one closer to me.

              1. re: Gigi007
                Geoff Nov 5, 2009 12:35 PM

                i'm sorry to read the negative experiences at this location. the folks up on Rockville Pike continue to deliver excellent product.

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      Gigi007 Sep 16, 2009 08:19 PM

      A friend and I stopped by for dinner earlier this evening. We were kind of disappointed by the chicken. It was flavorful, but quite greasy. The rice was mushy, and the fries were so bad we ended up throwing them out. The yucca was OK. The plantains were very good, and we especially enjoyed the spicy pink (salmon-colored) sauce for the chicken. The medium (yellow) sauce was quite bland. I'm not in a hurry to go back, but will probably give it another try.

      P.S. They have Inca Cola!

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      1. re: Gigi007
        Gigi007 Sep 17, 2009 07:17 AM

        I forgot to mention that they have three different sauces for the chicken--the "medium" (yellow) sauce that was pretty bland, the spicy pink (salmon-colored) sauce that was quite tasty, and a green sauce, which we didn't care for as it was heavy on the garlic. Too bad the green sauce wasn't anything like the salsa verde I'm used to (the best one I've tried at Peruvian chicken restaurants is Pio Pio's in NYC). Anyway, like I said earlier, the chicken we had at Crisp & Juicy last night was really greasy, so the sauce was a lesser consideration

        1. re: Gigi007
          Lori D Sep 17, 2009 07:46 AM

          There is a branch of Pio Pio on Wilson Blvd just west of Clarendon in Arlington.

          1. re: Lori D
            Gigi007 Sep 17, 2009 07:53 AM

            Thanks much, Lori. If the Arlington location has the same quality as the ones I've tried in NYC, I'll be thrilled. Pio Pio's green sauce is amazing and addictive!

            1. re: Lori D
              Jacey Sep 17, 2009 10:01 AM

              I think it's different than the one in NYC.

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          hamster Sep 16, 2009 07:14 PM

          One more review: I went tonight. The yucca was delicious and crispy and hot. The chicken was fine, but nothing special. The salad was slightly better than expected, especially with the spicy dressing they provide. For $6.40 for a full meal, I will be returning!

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          1. re: hamster
            MikeR Sep 17, 2009 07:04 AM

            Not sure if we've lost the original thread here (C & J in Tenleytown), but based on the enthusiasm in this thread, I stopped by the Crisp and Juicy on Lee Highway at Lorcum Lane in Arlington for lunch yesterday. The flavor was different from El Pollo Rico or Super Pollo, my regular places, and it was a pretty decent sized hunk of meat, but base price is higher than my regular stops. Yuca adds to the price (over French fries) and I thought it was a pretty skimpy order, though it was enough. White meat is also extra. So for nearly two and a half bucks more than El Pollo Rico, I got about as much meat, a different flavor, yuca and salad (pretty good salad, actually, better than Edy's where they regularly give you salad) instead of fries and slaw. Oh, and a roll (who needs it??)

            All in all, a perfectly good lunch, but over my usual tightwad budget.

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            kneelconqueso Sep 15, 2009 01:23 PM

            stopped by today. its no pollo rico, but the chicken was moist and the skin crisp. so the name stands up.

            the chorizo was good. the slaw... i prefer el pollo rico's

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            1. re: kneelconqueso
              Gigi007 Sep 15, 2009 08:52 PM

              Thanks for the feedback, yfunk3 and kneelconqueso. Hmm, cripsy yucca. I'm not sure if I would like it. But crispy chicken--definitely! Will have to check it out soon.

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              Gigi007 Sep 15, 2009 11:48 AM

              Would love to hear people's experiences at other Crisp & Juicy locations and this one, if it's open and you've had an opportunity to try it. And besides the chicken, how are the side dishes? Thanks.

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              1. re: Gigi007
                yfunk3 Sep 15, 2009 12:42 PM

                Had it a couple of weeks ago at the Silver Spring location. The chicken was great: moist and very flavorful. Didn't even need the sauces that came with it. I ate at the location and it wasn't crispy. I think the "crispy" part might be for the fries and the yuca. My preference for fried yuca is for it to be less crispy, as C&J's was fried until it was very crunchy throughout. But it was good, nonetheless. If anything, it's at least a cheap, dependable takeout meal.

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                kcb203 Sep 15, 2009 11:25 AM

                I love the flavor, but have never found anything "crisp" about it. That said, I've only ever done takeout. Is it crispy if I eat it on the spot?

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                  caphill2320 Sep 15, 2009 07:18 AM

                  I heard that it's open!! Has anyone been? Does it stack up to the branches in the suburbs?

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                    Chownut Aug 16, 2009 01:11 PM

                    I heard Super Chicken is better.

                    1. MsDiPesto Aug 16, 2009 01:07 PM

                      Worth checking out, when their game is on, they're good.

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                        caphill2320 Aug 15, 2009 07:50 AM

                        OMG. My husband will be there every night. Any word on when it will be opening?

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                        1. re: caphill2320
                          beauxgoris Aug 15, 2009 09:58 AM

                          I prefer Don Pollo in Bethesda - but I'm sure we'll stop by once it opens since it's close to our neighborhood.

                        2. Salt Aug 11, 2009 06:16 PM

                          This is the best news I've heard all day! I love Peruvian chicken!

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                            DCDeb Aug 11, 2009 06:03 PM

                            Great! I love their chicken and fried yuca.

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                              Chownut Aug 11, 2009 03:03 PM

                              I've been to the joint in Falls Church. Wasn't that impressed.

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                                Ziv Sep 16, 2009 06:31 AM

                                You hit the nail on the head. Will Tenleytown get a Crisp & Juicy like the one in Falls Church, which is not so good, or the one on Lee Hwy, which is debateably the best rotiserrie chicken in NoVA. Between the very well prepared chicken, which can be juicy and perfectly spicy, to the delicious fried yucca and the tasty beans and rice, I think C&J beats Pollo Rico hands down. The other joints come close at times but those two are my definite favorites.

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                                  Gigi007 Sep 26, 2009 10:22 AM

                                  My experience at the C&J in Tenleytown wasn't good (see my review below), but as I've seen recent posters enjoy it, I'm thinking about giving it a second chance (definitely not the fries that were inedible, but the chicken and yucca for sure).

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                                    hibye Nov 4, 2009 04:53 PM

                                    I have been to Tenleytown twice and found the chicken overcooked, dry and salty. Every time I've been to Lee Hwy it has been delicious.

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                                      Jacey Nov 5, 2009 09:01 AM

                                      The manager (or maybe he was the owner?) was a prick when I went in. Very aloof, cocky and uninterested.

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