DonRocks Posted February 15, 2009 Share Posted February 15, 2009 While driving by the Takoma/Langley Crossroads strip mall today, I noticed a new restaurant - Pollo Rico (not El Pollo Rico). I was going to get some Pho 75 carryout, but thought I'd try this instead. It's a little take-out only counter which opened three weeks ago, and I ordered a Whole Chicken ($9.99). While I was waiting, I asked if this was related to El Pollo Rico in Wheaton, and to my surprise, the cashier told me (in imperfect English), "It's the same chicken." And after I raised my eyebrows, she added, "but a different owner." She was busy with the cash-register tape, and another customer was arriving, so I didn't want to take much of her time. But after I regrouped, I asked her, "Are you saying this is the exact same recipe as El Pollo Rico?" She said yes, adding something about there having been two owners, and one of them split off. But then she said something about "Chicken Rico," and I was uncertain if she was mixing English and Spanish, or was perhaps referring to the Chicken Rico right around the corner, or maybe the one in Greenbelt. I walked out with more questions than answers, but I also walked out with a very good chicken - a chicken heavily marked by cumin in the marinade, which is a trait I've always found at El Pollo Rico, but also found on my one-and-only visit to Chicken Rico in Greenbelt. Is it an ownership split-off of El Pollo Rico, or perhaps Chicken Rico? I'm not sure. Regardless, it appears to be an independent operation. Based on this one chicken, it's well-worth knowing about as a carryout option. Cheers, Rocks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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