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Feb 14, 2011 10:57 PM

Pollo Campero - Anyone Heard of It? [San Francisco]

in particular, RWOrange? It's a Guatamalan chain that people supposedly flock to ... there and in L.A. there's a mention of it on the L.A. Board:

I just walked by the space on Mission Street, where there used to be a Payless Shoe Store, saw a sign on the window - picture of what the place supposedly will look like inside (booths as opposed to fast-food tables).

"... like the KFC of Guatamala" is not a promising thought.... tho a couple of people at least on the L.A. board like it.

read the menu. not at all hopeful.

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  1. Here's rworange's post on Pollo Campero on the Chains board.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      thanks. should have known not to do the search on the SF Board.
      as i suspected, not much to look forward to.

      1. re: mariacarmen

        She has mentioned Pollo Campero on this board too, the only reason the name is familiar to me. Here's one of the old posts,
        Remember that the default setting for the board search is the last 12 months. If you want to do a thorough search going back further in time, you need to use the Advanced search settings.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          This is good to know. I was getting worried about my stepkids missing Guatemalan food. At least they will have one familiar place to go.

          Since that post on th chans, I've upgraded my opinion a bit. If you eat enough Pollo Comparo (and I have), you get the mystique and why it is popular. It is fresh chicken and not greasy.

          I still hate the cole slaw which is inedible to me. There are not as many sides in GT. Skip the mashed potatoes and desserts. The roast chicken is pretty good but there are a lot of supermarket chickens I'd proably buy before PC.

          It will be interesting to see if the US version is the same as GT.

          They own a pizza chain in GT, Telepizza. Some of the restaurants sell chicken and pizza. It isn't bad in a chain pizza way ... which reminds me I forgot to post about the pizza on the chains board.

    2. If you like KFC you are going to love Pollo Compero

      1. The PC opened in LA quite awhile ago (almost 10 years ago) to reports of madness and wrap-around-the-block lines. Supposedly in the first month or so the first franchise sold $1m worth of chicken. The curiosity factor is high because you have wonder what creates that kind of demand. Never got a chance to go in LA, too much other stuff to do while down there.

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        1. re: ML8000

          Most, though not all of the Pollo Campero locations in Los Angeles are in the 'hood, so the large majority of their business comes from the sizable Guatemalan and Central American community.

        2. Pollo Campero opened today, to huge crowds (lines outside the door in both directions, at 6:15 p.m.), primarily made up of Guatemalans (I'm assuming - certainly 99.9% Latinos, that i could see). I want to try it, but i'm thinking it will be a while before the the crowds die down....

          1. I hear that the US chains are different than the ones in Central America. One friend who lives in El Salvador said it is because in the US the oil for frying is cycled out everyday whereas in Central America not as frequently - it's not rancid though. I liked PC when I tried in El Salvador, it had a spicy kick and seemed less battered than KFC. I am not sure I'd go as far as to say if you like KFC you'll like PC. Also, Pizza Hut is much different there too, I wish the Pizza Huts here were like the ones in Central America. But that is another post on another board. Thanks for posting though, I will have to check it out.