Yesterday I had a conversation about Peruvian food with a couple of people whose opinions about food and (especially) wine I trust. We began talking about Juliana's Kitchen, (they had more suggestions about which menu items to avoid than which to order) but they both told me that if I wanted to try really good Peruvian food locally, and if didn't mind a nondescript storefront with formica tables, hidden back in a strip mall, to try the Chicken House on Capitol Trail (Rt. 2) in Newark. It was getting toward dinner time, so I decided to take a detour on my way home from Wilmington and do takeout from there for dinner. I ordered what had been recommended, and I couldn't have been more pleased -- or more surprised at how good it was. What I had was the "Pollo a la brasa con arroz amarillo y ensalata" which is charcoal grilled chicken that came with yellow rice and a house salad. I also got an order of yuca fries -- an interesting accompaniment. But it's the chicken -- and their wonderful yellow "Aji" sauce that I'm raving about. The chicken was tender and juicy and very flavorful. And the aji sauce -- I don't know what goes into it (besides aji peppers), but it was mild and spicy all at once, and, at least to my palate, quite unique. The rice was good, too, but not extraordinary, but the addition of some aji sauce on the rice worked well.
This place is definitely off my "beaten path," but worth a trip back if I happen to be anywhere nearby. And I'll probably forgo the salad and rice next time, and stick with the main dishes.
The Chicken House
1224 Capitol Trl, Newark, DE 19711
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