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Le Coco Rico (Bailey's Crossroads)

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Le Coco Rico (Bailey's Crossroads)

MikeR | Feb 1, 2008 03:17 AM

The chicken place in the former Bailey's location of Joe's Pizza and Pasta seems to be getting their act together. I was there shortly after they opened and posted a "so-so" report, mostly based on lunch being not as good a value as other chicken places. They've re-arranged the menu and it's now easier on the wallet for some tasty rotisserie chicken.

Spicing is more Mediterranean than Bolivian/Peruvian so the general flavor is a little different than Super Checking, Pollo Rico, Crisp & Juicy, etc. The skin is the crispiest I've had, without being burned - almost like eating chips. Yucca is crisp on the outside and tender and not stringy on the inside.

The 1/4 chicken lunch special now includes one side (yucca, fries, or rice) plus a small salad, mostly lettuce and shredded carrots, with a nice vinegarette dressing. It used to come with two sides (exceptions only by argument) which was a little too much for me to eat, but not enough to take home. They also dropped the price by a buck - $5.75 - so it's no longer out of line for a cheap lunch.

There's a lot of other things on the menu - Merguez sausage, gyro (mystery meat or chicken) salmon, steak, and couscous with lamb or chicken on Fridays. And they use real plates and metalware, not plastic forks and styrofoam.

This isn't a "must go" place, but worth a try if you're in the area and are tired of the other chicken places.

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