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Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken

I was wondering if you could help me find a good place for Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Back when I lived in DC, we had this place El Pollo Rico in Wheaton, MD, where basically all they made was this amazing wood-fired rotisserie chicken that they would serve with plain steamed corn tortillas, a garlicky mayo, and salsa verde. You could smell the smoky deliciousness from blocks away and there was always a line out the door of this super hole-in-the-wall. A bottle of Jarritos and a half chicken with sides was one of my top ten go-to meals to hit the spot. Is there anything like this in or around Boston? El Pollo Rico spawned 4 or 5 competitors in the DC area with nearly identical menus (including a place right next door), none of which rivaled the quality of the original. I would drive up to an hour to have something even similar.

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  1. There are several places in and around Boston, none requiring a drive. Rincon Limeno in East Boston gets most of the buzz, but Maccu Picchu Charcoal Chicken and Grill in Union Square Somerville and El Cafetal in Union Square Allston are both good.

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    Rincon Limeno
    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

    El Cafetal
    479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      El Cafetal in Allston is actually now a branch of El Chalan, mentioned a couple of times in other posts below.

      1. re: Allstonian

        it used to be both el cafetal *and* el chalan. they had a colombian menu and a peruvian menu. has this changed?

    2. Pollos a la Brasa El Chalan in Chelsea and East Boston (charcoal), Machu Picchu Pollos en La Brasa (charcoal)Somerville, Pollos a la Brasa Betos (charcoal I think) East Boston, and Rincon Limeno (electric) East Boston all have Peruvian rotisserie chicken, there are lots more if you include Columbian, Dominican, and Salvadoran options but not many charcoal rotisseries among them. Between El Chalan and Machu Picchu I prefer El Chalan, but I haven't tried Betos or Limeno for the chicken yet. I think the poster El Guapo compared Betos with some of the others in East Boston so would be worth seeking out their posts.

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      Rincon Limeno
      409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

      Machu Picchu
      307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

      1. Rosticeria Jalisco in Eastie.

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        Rosticeria Jalisco
        293 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

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        1. re: Taralli

          In the same vein (a Central American roast chicken joint) is Rosticeria Cancun in Maverick square. They have a newer, larger establishment closer to Central Square on Meridian Street, but I still love the hole in the wall (literally) feel of the original. Anyway, its been a while since I had their chicken, but I used to love it. Came with rice, beans, salad and tortillas.

        2. i like the pollos a la brasa (peruvian rotisserie chicken) at el chalan in east boston and machu picchu charcoal chicken and grill in somerville the best

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          1. re: galangatron

            I am addicted to Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken - Mike, take note that there is a main restaurant in Union- Machu Picchu - serving all things Peruvian, as well as the smaller outlet MP Charcoal Chicken, also in Union, also owned by the same folks as the main restaurant. I *think* you can get the pollos a la brasa at both locations, but I have only ever gone to MPCC.

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            Machu Picchu
            307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I believe you mean in Union, not in Davis?

              1. re: djd

                oops - thanks for catching that! Fixed!

            2. re: galangatron

              The first time I tried the Machu Picchu pollo a la brasa I loved it, but lately I've found it be almost unbearably salty. Anyone else have the same problem? I love my salt, but this stuff can be over the top.

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              Machu Picchu
              307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

              1. re: bella_sarda

                Had a whole chicken a few weeks ago and it tasted the same to me, but maybe I am just getting used to the surreptitious sodium surge.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  If I can still put on my shoes the next day, I figure it's all good.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    I still like Ricon Limone in Eastie, didn't taste salty al all, well except for the salt I put on the massive plate of fires. YUM! salt makes everything taste better.

            3. Thank you, this is fantastic! I'm going to have to try them all! Probably will start with El Chalan first since it's the closest and then go from there...

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              1. re: Mike5966

                and you'll - report your findings, hopefully?!

                1. re: okra

                  I consider it a noble mission.

                  1. re: Mike5966

                    First of all - thank you all for the info! Like MIke I just moved here and have been craving Pollo Rico. So I went through and made a list of all the joints mentioned in this thread and plan to hit one today to start! Enjoy! - James

                    Machu Picchu
                    307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                    El Cafetal
                    479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                    Rincon Limeno
                    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                    Rosticeria Jalisco
                    293 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

                    POLLOS A LA BRASA BETO’S
                    69 Bennington St.
                    East Boston, MA 02128
                    Phone: 617-561-6005 |

                    Pollos a la Brasa El Chalan1
                    22 Washington Ave
                    Chelsea, MA 02150-3905
                    (617) 884-3691

                    Pollos a la Brasa El Chalan2
                    405 Chelsea Street
                    Boston, MA 02128
                    (617) 567-9452
                    Pollos a la brasa El Chalan 3
                    479 Cambridge St.
                    Allston MA. 02134
                    Telephone: 617-789-4009

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                    Rincon Limeno
                    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                    Machu Picchu
                    307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

                    Rosticeria Jalisco
                    293 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

                    El Cafetal
                    479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

                    1. re: jwfignewton

                      Nice to see them on a list together. Now post the list again, but with your reviews. There are 7 listed (2 are the same place), so at 2 a day, I expect your reviews posted in 3.5 days. Chop chop!

                      Just kidding, but I do look forward to some reviews.

                      1. re: jwfignewton

                        Pollos a la brasa El Chalan 3 and El Cafetal are the same place - it used to be El Cafetal and is now El Chalan (although they still have some El Cafetal signage, I don't think that any of the old Colombian menu remains.)

                        1. re: jwfignewton

                          Be sure to go to the Machu Picchu outlet with the charcoal chicken (called Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken and Grill and located at 25 Union Square), not the larger restaurant about a block away on Somerville Ave.

                          Just picked up a bird last week and it was delicious as always. My favorite order is half a chicken, with rice and beans, hold the salad. Extra aji sauce. Last time as I waited for my order the friendly waiter gave me a little mango smoothie to tide me over. Really nice people and VERY good chicken.