KCLofts wrote:Not really strict Mexican, but El Pollo Rey at 1101 Kansas Ave makes a mean grilled chicken. You pretty much either get a half or whole grilled chicken served with tortillas, rice and beans.
Ability to converse in Spanish is a definite plus. When going down Kansas Ave, look for the building with all of the smoke billowing out the side.
went here and grabbed dinner today and must say, this is some of the best chicken I've ever had. I was hoping for something "el pollo loco'esque" and got something much better (though I prefer El Pollo Loco's beans).
I found the place easily enough (down the street from Ninfa's). I was the only person there besides the two employees, one manning the fire, the other handling the money, etc. There are about 4 tables inside and a grill behind the counter with rows of chickens grilling over a wood fire. In fact, driving up Kansas, you can see the smoke billowing from the building.
I ordered a whole chicken dinner. As noted above, you can get a whole chicken or a half chicken dinner or six chicken wings!
The meal was ready to go instantly. The order taker put together the sides and the grill-master plopped the chicken in a Styrofoam box. It smelled incredible on the ride home.
Got it home and opened the bag and box and here's what i found:
a whole (I mean whole, including the back and neck) chicken with crispy grilled skin. the chicken was cut into 8 rough pieces with the breast cut crosswise. Whole pinto beans with sausage and bacon, "mexican" rice, tortillas (corn) and salsa. Oh, and a bag of pickled onions.
Now the sides are small, though you do get about 7 tortillas with the chicken. The salsa was very good and reminds me of Ninfa's. I'd have preferred Ninfa's tortillas with the meal.
The chicken, oh the chicken...smoky, crispy skin, tender, juicy and black in spots from being grilled. Not burned. I don't normally like thigh meat, but this was so good that I had some. Along with a drumstick and a wing and some back meat. Good enough for me to anticipate taking it for my lunch tomorrow (and I don't like leftovers).
I wound up piling chicken and onions in a tortilla and topping with salsa. The onions are spectacular, which is notable for me because I don't care for raw onions and only recently came to appreciate caramelized onions.
The total for the feast: $12.00. That's right, a whole chicken (enough for 2-3 people, this is a normal sized chicken, not a super-sized growth hormone chicken) and sides (though they should double up on the sides when you order a whole chicken dinner) for $12.00.
Get thee to El Pollo Rey as soon as you can