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Dueling Chickens

Aaron D | Jan 26, 2004 09:50 AM

Or perhaps it's cockfighting?

In any case, the long-awaited (by me anyway) opening of the Montrose branch of Mr. Pollo came to pass last week. Now Brasa Roja and Mr. Pollo are separated by a mere four or five blocks. I was alerted to the opening (tucked rather inconspicuously in what looks like maybe a quarter of a strip mall on Montrose just a bit east of Sacramento) by a man in a large yellow smock standing in the cold on Saturday in the middle of Montrose waving a sign advertising a 1/4 chicken with two sides for $4.99. I availed myself of this offer on Sunday on our way home from church, and was rather pleased with the results. Quick verdict: I like Brasa Roja's chicken a little bit better, especially the crisper skin--I think it may rotate closer to the coals. But Mr. Pollo's oddly-colored green chimichurri/salsa packed some nice heat and was really delicious. I like Brasa Roja's more traditionally colored table sauce too, but Mr. Pollo's stands out a bit more, I think, as Vital Information has pointed out numerous times.

Incidentally the other store served by this parking lot is a small grocery that I noticed for the first time advertised a list of Ecuadoran specialties sold inside. They also make carnitas on weekends, for which I stopped in some time ago, but with which I was not overly impressed.

Mr. Pollo
3000 W. Belmont Avenue
773-509-1208

Mr. Pollo
2937 W. Montrose
773-509-1222

Brasa Roja
3125 W. Montrose
773-866-2252

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