About a year or more ago a sign went up on a storefront along the 79th Street Causeway, just east of the Food Giant, for "Edy's Chicken & Steak". Then it seemed like nothing happened for several months. Several weeks ago I noticed that, lo and behold, the place seemed to have actually opened up, yet the name still was not exactly luring me in. Chicken? and Steak? Umm, Ok...
Finally curiosity got the best of me and I peeked in and grabbed a menu. Well, this isn't just any "chicken & steak," but it's Peruvian style rotisserie charcoal broiled chicken - and even better, it's "famous from Falls Church, Virginia" according to the menu! After a little checking on another board, I learned that Edy's is indeed reasonably well known in the DC area for its chicken, and even more so for the accompanying green sauce. Of course, I had to try it.
We got a whole chicken with a side of Peruvian potato salad (can also get french fries or yuca), which also came with a couple small green salads, for $16.
The chicken was indeed good stuff - crispy well-seasoned skin, meat was hot but still tender and moist. But indeed the star was the sauce - a spicy green chili sauce (aji) which just really perks up your taste buds. Another white sauce (which the server could only describe to me as "white sauce") was also good, some sort of mayo / aioli type thing. The potato salad was made with some exotic Peruvian potatoes (some with a pink hue to them) but a wee bit bland.
Menu also had a few steaks, a mixed grill w/ chicken, steak, pork chop and chorizo, and several different sandwich options. They also had several cakes in a display case and Peruvian ice creams (incl. lucuma flavored).
The place itself is basically a fast-food joint and doesn't hold much appeal other than that it's clean and well-lit, but I can definitely see the chicken finding a regular spot on our take-out rotation. Next time you have roast chicken on the brain, maybe give it a shot.
Edy's Chicken & Steak
1624 79th St. Causeway
North Bay Village, FL
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