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El Pollo Rico

Peruvian Restaurant$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
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  • Joshua M.
    "Delicious Peruvian chicken, fries, and an Inca Cola for cheap!"(8 Tips)
    NPRinterns
    "yellow sauces on the side"(3 Tips)
    Julie J.
    "Try the Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken - With fries and coleslaw"(3 Tips)
    Katie L.
    "Wash down the tastiness with an ice cold Inca Kola."(3 Tips)
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  • Bruce M.
    Bruce MiltonJanuary 14
    Literally THE best place for Peruvian chicken in the DMV. Hands down.
  • Zac N.
    Zac NAugust 3, 2016
    They could do a better job cleaning the tables. Food is great and to go is good solution to avoid dirty table
  • Chava M.
    Chava MGJuly 8, 2016
    Food is great but tables are filthy. It seems they use the same rag everyday without washing it to clean them. A nice lady got a nervous breakdown because of this.
  • JoAnne S.
    JoAnne SharpApril 30, 2016
    The chicken is great, as are the fries...get tour order to go because they fill the plate up, then eat it there, and take home the leftovers!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 25, 2016
    Good, quick, cheap. Dark meat chicken & fries 👍🏼. 🍗🍟
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonJanuary 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cooked over charcoal but still juicy. Great meal and the price helps too!
  • Sergio B.
    Sergio BetancourtJanuary 2, 2016
    This place does not look like much but the chicken is great.
  • Bethany C.
    Bethany CheekSeptember 10, 2015
    their rice is AMAZING if youre in/around Arlington definitely check this place out.
  • Taylor B.
    Taylor BartonAugust 11, 2015
    Best Peruvian chix in A-ton 🐓
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick PhoJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The char-broiled chicken is the best Peruvian fare around- you can't go wrong with either fries or white rice for your side!
  • Benjamin T.
    Benjamin TroxelJune 13, 2015
    They sell just one thing here, Peruvian style rotisserie chicken. By god though it is incredible.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SaturdayApril 30, 2015
    Such a good deal! Super busy during lunch time but once you get up to the counter you get your food right away. The sauces are tasty, too.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostApril 1, 2015
    Balance the the cumin-scented Peruvian chicken with a quick dip into the shop's popular green sauce, known as aji, made with a blend of chilies, cilantro and garlic. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 30
  • Tony C.
    Tony ChangMarch 21, 2015
    Try the 1/4 Charcoal Broiled Chicken - peruvian charcoal broiled rotisserie chicken (via @Foodspotting)
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasFebruary 3, 2015
    Chicken is so good! A quarter and some fries is usually all I need.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RodriguezDecember 7, 2014
    This place is so good! Simple menu that is so well done!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MecumNovember 29, 2014
    Best Peruvian chicken of all time. I don't even live here anymore, and I make it a point to stop by once a year.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BushNovember 25, 2014
    Chicken good as any. Fries and sides leave something to be desired
  • Giselle R.
    Giselle RodriguezOctober 14, 2014
    The sauce that goes with our chicken is also delicious! Affordable for the great food and amount.
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerSeptember 9, 2014
    Best Peruvian chicken. It's cheap, and it's so good! Order more than you'd usually eat coz you'll want more. And ignore the reviews, the sides are good. Don't forget the sauces.
  • しほ👓 .
    しほ👓 👵👽September 9, 2014
    Cole slaw and bird no sauce- guilt free option
  • Carilu T.
    Carilu TirsoAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    delicious Chicken!
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph Marx IIIAugust 18, 2014
    Everything
  • Marcia C.
    Marcia ChatelainMay 28, 2014
    Truly outstanding grub.
  • Songtham P.
    Songtham PinyolaksanaApril 16, 2014
    Delicious real charcoal grilled chicken!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TerryMarch 13, 2014
    This place is the best, period. Straight up chicken and fries and drinks. No bs, no frills just good food. I go here all the time.
  • Rico B.
    Rico BronyaJanuary 1, 2014
    Food was good
  • Clarence W.
    Clarence WellsJuly 25, 2013
    Chicken...cole slaw.dats a big 10-4
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PharesJuly 18, 2013
    Yummy for the Tummy
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthJuly 13, 2013
    The chicken w/ fries and cole slaw is delicious.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If the "cash only" line opens, go for it. It's usually faster.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If the line to the left opens, go for it. It's usually faster, BUT it's cash only.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SmithJune 19, 2013
    Don't skimp on the yellow sauce.
  • Raghunathan G.
    Raghunathan GandhiMay 17, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Always be there after 1 pm so that you can skip the rush during the lunch
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse ThomasMay 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Why no Yuca?!?
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseMay 11, 2013
    This place is a blessing not only upon Arlington, but upon the Earth.
  • QuarryLaneFarms Q.
    QuarryLaneFarms QuarryLaneFarmsMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply superb.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SpringerDecember 29, 2012
    This chicken is off the chain!!!
  • Christian💋
    Christian💋September 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only line on the right, Credit line on the left!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlssonAugust 9, 2012
    Try the Quarter Chicken With Steak Fries And Cole Slaw - Exceptionally good marinade - coleslaw wasn't bad either
  • Corey G.
    Corey GibsonJune 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Super Pollo nearby. Better flavor and more choices of sides there, White meat was a bit dry.
  • Shala R.
    Shala RomanJune 8, 2012
    GET THE RUM CAKE!!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 8, 2012
    Try the Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken - With fries and coleslaw
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScottMay 3, 2012
    If you go late -- ask for extra legs. They have leftovers they'll throw in.
  • Frank G.
    Frank GApril 29, 2012
    This is the best chicken you will ever have. This place is a must do. Eat here you will be addicted
  • Keith S.
    Keith SaletteJanuary 16, 2012
    I just paid 5 extra dollars to have my chicken cut in half
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DuprasDecember 30, 2011
    This chicken was amazing. Super simple sides (coleslaw, fries or rice). They do take cards!
  • Foodie C.
    Foodie CriticDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the BEST Pollo ala Braza in VA. It's been on the travel channel with Anthony Bourdain he made an unscheduled stop and decided to put it on the show.
  • Chad S.
    Chad SullivanDecember 6, 2011
    No longer cash only, but you can save a lot of time if you have the cash by using the cash only line on the right.
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MacalusoNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Come after 1:30 to avoid the ridiculous lunch rush.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineNovember 22, 2011
    Considered the king of the area’s Peruvian-chicken houses. A tip to up your chances of a getting a great chicken: Prime time might mean waiting in line, but the birds won’t sit in a warmer.
  • Boris
    BorisNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The alfajores aren't that good. I'd skip. Chicken is amazing.
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinNovember 16, 2011
    Work across the street from this place sadly I think its overrated
  • Jason K.
    Jason KNovember 13, 2011
    Awesome rice. Forget the other sides. The cash only line is usually really short, so bring bills
  • Stu C.
    Stu CarrollOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow. Decent food, decent price, good portions? This restaurant isn't nice but you'll get your moneys worth
  • Naomi F.
    Naomi FOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They do take cards now!
  • Babs L.
    Babs LeeSeptember 17, 2011
    Yum! Chicken and yucca fries!
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WhittingtonSeptember 12, 2011
    the alfajores are so delicious! now my mouth is watering...
  • Kristina T.
    Kristina TheTaxDivaJuly 22, 2011
    The now accept credit cards!
  • Carrie G.
    Carrie G.July 16, 2011
    Fanta shipped in from central america, yum!
  • Anthony I.
    Anthony IstricoJune 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They now accept credit cards!
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AlcantarJune 20, 2011
    Being from the west coast, when I come out to visit family here, El Pollo Rico. Best chicken I ever tasted.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MurrayJune 13, 2011
    Now accepting credit cards!
  • Kimberli H.
    Kimberli HallApril 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dip your fries in the white sauce. Very delicious! #thatswhatshesaid
  • Jesse P.
    Jesse PalmerMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Peruvian Chicken + Fries + Cole Slaw + Inca Cola = Bliss
  • NPRinterns
    NPRinternsFebruary 23, 2011
    Intern Sarah wrote of EPR, "The chicken itself has been rubbed in a fantastic blend of spices, but what makes it super spicy are the green and yellow sauces on the side, which work best when mixed. "
  • Young Who
    Young WhoJanuary 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always have it "To-Go" for more fries.
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtJanuary 13, 2011
    Mix the green sauce with the white sauce
  • Troy P.
    Troy PhạmDecember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chicken in town
  • Krissy K.
    Krissy K.November 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Quarter dark with everything, extra fries is my meal of choice. Even with the long lines, things move quickly.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 15, 2010
    In a strip mall off a main street in Arlington, VA, El Pollo Rico serves Peruvian chicken in 3 sizes – quarter, half and whole. Customers wait in long lines for their bird.
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AnOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the FLAN. It's delicious.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MurrayAugust 14, 2010
    Delicious Peruvian chicken, fries, and an Inca Cola for cheap!
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Like this: Go to El Pollo Rico to get either 1/4 or 1/2 chicken and don't forget the aji (hot sauce) and yellow sauce!
  • Wesley L.
    Wesley LaiJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious Peruvian chicken. a full chicken, fries, 2 inca kolas, and white sauce only is $16.50. how can you beat that?
  • Curtis M.
    Curtis MejeurJune 1, 2010
    Stop by and grab a half chicken. Mix the sauces. Down an Inca Kola with your meal. Enjoy life.
  • Lorri E.
    Lorri EdwardsMarch 17, 2010
    aw...this chicken is almost too good to be true. Great prices as well. Can't visit this place enough.
  • Kendra J.
    Kendra JohnsonFebruary 18, 2010
    Soo good
  • Katie L.
    Katie L.January 20, 2010
    Try the quarter chicken with everything and both sauces. Wash down the tastiness with an ice cold Inca Kola. Read more
  • Julio V.
    Julio VillanuevaAugust 15, 2014
    El mejor pollo de DC
  • Alba Q.
    Alba QuintanillaAugust 25, 2013
    Best Peruvian chicken ever!
  • Jeff P.
    Jeff PharesJuly 19, 2013
    El Pollo Yucko
  • jeff k.
    jeff kaczmarczykAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lo mejor pollo!
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