Restaurants & Bars Minneapolis-St. Paul

Pollo Campero

foreverhungry | | Dec 17, 2010 10:09 AM

A Pollo Campero just opened on Robert Street in St. Paul. It's a chain, so some MSP Chowhounders might be turned off, but it's an interesting place. As the name suggests, they do chicken - chicken burrito, chicken sandwiches, fried chicken, and 1/4 and 1/2 roasted chickens. Went with GF for lunch. I ordered the 1/4 roasted chicken (dark meat) with Campero rice and Campero beans. The rice was a seasoned rice, very good. The beans were excellent - pinto beans with bacon, chorizo, and couple other additions. Excellent. The chicken was very good - great spicing to it, flavorful, very tender. $6. Can't beat it.

GF ordered the grilled chicken sandwich...The place opened 4 days ago, and apparently their sandwich making operation isn't perfected. It took a while. But the staff was very apologetic, to the point where the manager came out, apologized profusely, comped the sandwich, brought out a 1/4 grilled chicken with sides for my girlfriend, and then had the sandwich ready for us when we left. We didn't ask for anything, only asked where the sandwich was after about a 5 minute wait - their staff took it from there, alerting the manager there was a holdup. We were perfectly content with just getting something else so she could eat, so comping the sandwich, getting a 1/4 grilled chicken, AND getting the sandwich was way above the call.

I'll be back. The staff was great, the food was tasty, and at that price point, it's a great deal. Beans, rice, chicken, et al. all appeared to be made in store (and that's what the manager said). While perhaps it's international chain status might turn some folks off, I think it's a nice addition to the Robert St. area.

For what it's worth, after eating there today, I thought it tasted familiar. So I looked at their website, and saw they had multiple outlets in Costa Rica, and realized that I had eaten Pollo Campero there, where it's very popular. I thought it was an interesting spin on things where I had had a chain's food years ago outside the US first, and then to have it in the US.

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