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Nov 11, 2011 09:52 PM

El Pollo Rey KC KS

I just made it to El Pollo Rey this fall after far too long here in KC without accomplishing the same, and was thinking about it today. I googled it and discovered no posts on chowhound so I am fixing this.
El Pollo Rey, at 1101 Kansas Ave (or thereabouts) in KC KS, makes the best chicken I have ever had, in my entire life. It's marinated in deliciousness (vinegar? lime? spices, for sure) and grilled over smoky wood. Forget Strouds and any other fried chicken I -or you- can think of. This is the stuff, the stuff of dreams, not kidding. You and your car will smell like smoke by the time you get this chicken home. In a good way.
Order a half or whole chicken dinner. My experience included a native english speaking order-taker, although I hear this is not always the case. You should also ask for an avocado, which will be ripe and which they will cut up in quarters for you. (they won't volunteer about the avocado, but do it and thank me). The beans are good and have sliced frankfurters in them, along with deliciousness. The rice is you know, tomato rice, it's ok. Your half or whole chicken will also come with more tortillas than you can eat, fresh white corn ones, wonderful. And salsa, a sort of food-processed mash of tomato, onion and fresh jalepenos which is also great once you add some salt.
Ohh it's good. I am going to get a chicken tomorrow, I was too tired to drive there tonight.

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  1. Sounds great! I'll add it to my to-try list. I don't know how grilled chicken can ever compare to fried chicken, but I'll sure give it a shot.

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    1. re: 2roadsdiverge

      I grant that fried chicken can be pretty wonderful. So maybe this is just another thing, but it's really really good.

    2. beans w/frankfurters? this is confusing.

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      1. re: jdl98

        Yeah, not sure what to tell you, but they are in there. Thinly sliced, not too many.

        1. Yes, absolutely, the best chicken EVER!! This was on our second annual family taco crawl, and was definitely the favorite. The sides are so-so, but it doesn't matter! Go for the chicken!

          El Pollo Guasave in KC, KS is very good as well... same concept except no seating at all... not quite as good of chicken, but better sides and salsa.

          P.S. I have a picture of my husband sniffing his fingers afterwards... that's how good the smell and the memory is! :-)

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            My husband does the same, Katie Nell. And if I take the dog with me when I go pick it up, I have to fight her off as she desperately tries to get in the front seat to get closer to it.

            In fact, last summer when my nephew came to visit, he ate 4 pieces. He's 9 and my sister swears he doesn't eat chicken on the bone.

          2. I have eaten there a couple of times. It was recommended and it lived up to its recommendation. The chicken is excellent. And you know they are grilling over real wood because of the wood stacked up on the sidewalk.