Monday, April 30, 2012

Pollo Express

1315 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
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A Quick Word:
Located on the edge of Pilsen, Pollo Express has a huge Mexican influence when it comes to their food preparation.  The specialty, their abodabo chicken, has hints of Mexican seasoning and is served primarily with the typical rice and bean sides.  The restaurant is essentially a huge grill with a few tables scattered around.  Chicken is placed on the grill one after another and constantly kept warm for when customers arrive.  I do wish the menu was more extensive and there was better air circulation.  Definitely leave your coat in the car otherwise that smoke smell may follow you all the way back home.

What I ate:

Adobado Chicken (with 2 sides)

This is some of the fastest food you will ever get!  But when I say fast, that doesn't sacrifice quality... The chicken has mexican spices throughout and is grilled till the skin has a nice char on it.  It is served with mexican rice, refried beans, tortillas, and pickled onions.  The pickled onions are incredible... adding the much needed acidity to the meat rather than covering every bite with salsa.  It is such a great deal that customers keep coming back for more.  The beans are simple... but the consistency is perfect for spreading on the tortillas.  My brothers and I will definitely be back.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
-Order out on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays - I believe - are Buy One Chicken Get 1/2 Chicken Free!
-If you eat there... just have a seat and someone will come over to you.  Not much on the menu so just order a whole chicken and two sides (for 2 people).  You won't be disappointed!

- Don't wear your "Sundays Best" here... your clothes will most likely smell like a grill (smokey and charred) when you leave!

How far would I walk for this place?

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