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Oct 23, 2013 09:57 AM

chelsea, ma chicken restaurants

which one is best?

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    1. I have to say... I know they are a chain, and sometimes it gets a little loud and nutty in there, but I love Pollo Campero. Staff is always friendly and the chicken is great. Great sides too.

      1. Open to including Everett?
        We only tried Campero once, but it was inconsistent. We came down to our very fav being the whole rotisserie chicken at El Chalan which we found a bit tastier than Pollo las Brasas in Union q, Somville (just a diff flavor profile.):

        <Pollos a la brasa El Chalan- Well I guess this is now our go-to roast chicken spot. While we have been regular customers of Pollo las Brasas Machu Picchu(MP) for a number of years, I do prefer El Chalan's spicing. It actually tastes exactly like a DC/VA suburbs Peruvian place called Pollo Rico which delighted my parents weekly for some 20+ yrs. I also prefer the light green aji that comes w/ this chicken- not very hot ,and very flavorful- over the yellow aji at machu picchu. I am bugged that Chalan won't sell you just a chicken; it's $16 instead of the $13 at MP, w/ or w/o the fries (or subpar yellow rice or white rice) and salad. But I am really psyched that I have found a Pollo Rico match in Boston. This is tremendous! >

        a few yrs ago the Globe did a roasted chicken crawl, and they came down to the same two- El Chalan and Pollo las Brasas MP.

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        1. re: opinionatedchef

          i wonder what you mean about a place being inconsistent after trying it once.

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            iirc, some of the chicken pieces were good; others not. ditto the sides.

          2. re: opinionatedchef

            You tried Campero once but it was inconsistent.
            What exactly do you mean by that?

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Good to know. We are going to have to give El Chalan a try. We lived in DC for 15 years and I'm very familiar with Pollo Rico, though IMO "Crisp and Juicy" in MD is much better. I think PR is overrated, especially after Bourdain featured them on an episode of "No Reservations".

              1. re: UnclePH

                Had no idea tony featured it. good for him. my experience w/ PR was from aprox 1980 to 2005, in its original Clarendon location. Hope you like El Chalan.