Wow, I really have had my nose in a book. Heading up Armenia today, I came across a Pollo Campero south of MLK. Pollo Campero is Guatemala's answer to KFC. That may sound like a strike or two against it, but it's actually pretty good. I swerved off the road and into the restaurant at about 3:00, not an auspicious time to eat fried food that's sitting there waiting for me. Surprisingly, the chicken was hot and juicy even though it had nestled into in the warmer. I ordered the yucca fries as my side and it came with two tortillas. There is a small salsa bar with salsas that far exceeded my expectations for a chain. The chicken also comes with some sort of golfo/thousand island sauce. I am a fool for fried chicken so my experience was twofold. I totally enjoyed the chicken and loved the latin KFC vibe. It tickles me that people from other cultures like fried chicken as much as I do. On the other hand, I wouldn't say it was the best chicken I ever had, nor do I think you will. Still, there is a lot to be said for a new neighborhood chicken joint. Even with the viral spread of chicken and waffles throughout the region, it still seems to me that there is a dearth of fried chicken places. I am glad that gap is starting to get filled in with Pollo Campero and Love's/Artifacts.
P.S. There were a bunch of other new places on Armenia and Waters. New Chifa, Cuban/Dominican, Chinese/Vietnamese, Argentinian places. Perhaps we should tackle all of these joints at once.
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