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Pollo A La Brasa, Western & 8th

JAB Aug 25, 2010 12:53 PM

Let's just say that Dino's doesn't have anything to worry about. I wish that I liked it more than I did.

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    mdpilam Aug 26, 2010 12:00 AM

    I agree. I was disappointed with PALB. Only memorable thing was the aji.

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      losfelizhound Aug 25, 2010 02:34 PM

      The expansion will be completed by February. They do have a small sit-down area even in their current setup (4-6, 4-top tables).

      This is a case of personal preference - to say one is better than the other, tell us nothing about either one of them. Moreover, PALB and Dino's use different cooking techniques (iirc, slow-roasted vs. flame-grilled), spices, and condiments. If I said, I preferred the Tandoori Chicken from an Indian place over Dino's (or PALB) it doesn't sound like a fair comparison.

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        samtron608 Aug 25, 2010 02:10 PM

        did they expand their location? i remember seeing a note about they were going to expand that location to include a sit down area.

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          allyoucanet Aug 25, 2010 02:28 PM

          I tried it and was not impressed. Maybe too much hype.

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            cdub Aug 25, 2010 02:57 PM

            i've never been impressed too. i've been there twice and i've been underwhelmed both times. i'd prefer california chicken cafe's chicken any day.

          2. re: samtron608
            JAB Aug 25, 2010 05:01 PM

            There is new construction on what appears to be the same lot.

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            ns1 Aug 25, 2010 01:09 PM


            Pollo A La Brasa is awesome. I always forget how hot that goddamn sauce is until I slather copius amounts of it on my chicken.

            seriously, this post doesn't make sense to me.

            Pollo A La Brasa
            16527 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

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              JAB Aug 25, 2010 01:37 PM

              Do you seriously prefer it to Dino's?

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                ns1 Aug 25, 2010 02:38 PM

                Never been, but I like it as much as I do other cooked-whole-chicken-type joints.

                costco $5 chickens < starvation < boston market < koo koo roo < PALB < zankou

                zankou wins on garlic sauce alone, I find the chicken comparable. Haven't been there in > 1 year though (PALB)

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                  PommeDeGuerre Aug 26, 2010 01:27 AM

                  Would reorder this:

                  Flavor only:
                  boston market<koo koo roo<costco $5 chicken<zankou=PALB=Dino's

                  Weighing money as a factor, Costco is the best dollar for flavor/amount.

                  1. re: PommeDeGuerre
                    ns1 Aug 26, 2010 10:19 AM

                    meh, after eating zank/PALB I can't touch Costco chicken anymore, even for sandwiches.

                    $5-6 for whole chicken @ Costco
                    9.19 for whole chicken @ Zankou w/ garlic sauce + pita

                2. re: JAB
                  js76wisco Aug 25, 2010 03:24 PM

                  I think comparing Dino's to Pollo Brasa is like comparing apples and oranges. The sauce at Dino's can be poured on top of anything and I'd eat it. If we're just talking about chicken Pollo Brasa smokey charred succulent chicken beats Dino's. I agree with ns1 and would put PALB in the same class as Zankou for their chicken. The chicken at Dino's is good but without the sauce not as many people would be lining up for chicken plates. Both are excellent choices but very different.

                  1. re: js76wisco
                    JAB Aug 25, 2010 05:01 PM

                    Both are chicken (although prep is different) and both are in the same area so....

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                      andytseng Aug 25, 2010 05:28 PM

                      I've never been to PALB, but I'm assuming it's similar to Pollos El Brasero?

                      If it is... they're very different for me. I go to Dino's when I feel like eating something unhealthy. At El Brasero, you can get rice instead of fries, and a salad. So which one I prefer just depends on my mood.

                      Pollos El Brasero
                      2281 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006, USA

                  2. re: JAB
                    sammycakes Aug 25, 2010 08:21 PM

                    I do. I think the chicken is juicier, more flavorful and the aji is totally addictive.

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