Restaurants & Bars 6

Polla a la brasa in Bethesda

milnerjo | May 21, 2003 12:13 PM

As I was walking around downtown bethesda last night, I stumbled onto something which was not there last time I walked around - a new 'Rotisseria.' I can't remember the exact name, but it a new peruvian chicken place has opened on St. Elmo Ave., across the street from Napa Thai, and next to the big parking garage. I immediately rushed in to pick up a half a bird for dinner. The first good sign was that they have two side by side brick ovens, burning actual wood. From my many visits to El Pollo Rico (the standard by which I judge all rotisserie chicken places), I was encouraged.

The chicken was good. Not as good as Pollo, but better than Edy's or Crisp and Juicy. The dipping sauces were also good, but again, not as good as pollo. While my fries were overcooked (an since they were made solely for me,a little disappointing) but were still very very good. My wife enjoyed the black beans (you get two side dishes with each chicken), but I found them strangely too sweet.

While it was a little more expensive than i'm used to paying ($4.99 for a 1/4 chicken, add $.50 for white meat, $6.99 for 1/2, $10.99 for whole bird with Fries), I still would recommend it to anyone wanting their pollo fix in Bethesda, and not having the time/energy to drive to Wheaton for Pollo.

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