Pollo Campero, 1605 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, (213) 251-8594
I've been eating a lot chicken lately. But I just got around to Pollo Campero. I did stop by their new location in the Glendale Galleria a few ago but it wasn't open yet.
Pollo Campero's located on the North corner of Union and Olympic in a office building. They validate parking and the garage is in the rear.
The line was long, big family's feasting. So you have time to figure out what the menu says. J. Gold likens Pollo Campero to a Latin Popeye's and he's right. This place is fast-food fried chicken, from the uniforms, to the cartoon chickens to the long menu board above the registers with photos of value meals.
They have two kinds of fried chicken, traditional and extra crispy. Most people that day were eating traditional style. It's a darker red than the extra crispy, which comes out a more golden brown. My buddy and I tried both. We both preferred the traditional. We dug in and didnt talk for awhile.
We each had a super bonus meal or something like that. You get a drink and two sides. The coleslaw was the mayonnaisey relish variety and we didn't care for it much. They also had mashed potatoes and beans, which we didnt order. The fries were fine.
I took home a rotisserie chicken. I much preferred the fried chicken. The rotisseried bird was much to salty.
So was Pollo Campero amazing? No, not really. But would I choose it over KFC or Popeye's? Yes, definitely.