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Pollo Tropical--Patchogue LI


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Pollo Tropical--Patchogue LI

Hal S. | Jan 30, 2005 11:52 AM

This Colombian rotisserie chicken place was mentioned on Tristate about a week and a half ago. Four of us tried it this past Thurs nite. Business was kind of slow, one other table and some takeout going on, but it was an extremely cold evening. I have seen them busier when driving by on Fridays and at lunch.

Two of us ordered what was called a native platter which consisted of a 1/4 chicken, a piece of grilled thin steak, rice, beans, sweet plantain, pork rind and a fried egg placed atop the rice; I believe that was about $13.75 for a lot of food. They do a great job with chicken here and the small piece of beef was very tasty. A nice slightly spicy avocado sauce was served on the side. An order of grilled chicken quesadilla contained very delicious, moist meat. We also had a whole chicken which was $7 with no accompaniments and also very good, even the leftovers the next day. A grilled pork loin that was lightly marinated and advertised as "heart healthy" was also excellent. It came with rice, beans, plantain and salad for around $10.00.
They have a homemade 5-milk flan which I really enjoyed. We also ordered a dish of figs with carmel spread. They had just opened the container of carmel spread which was imported from Colombia. I would suspect things like the flan, carmel spread and pork rinds are real killers for your cholesterol levels, but on the other hand there were about a half dozen or more items advertised as being heart healthy on the menu which mentioned being a member of Mather Hospital's Heart Healthy program.

The Colombian coffee was excellent and they also have several Colombian and Equadoran beers. I noticed a menu for lunch specials that ran about $5-$8.

I would recommend giving this place a try. The food is good, the staff friendly and it looks like they could use the business.

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