I never noticed they closed. I did notice the new sign for the fried chicken.
Same owner. Different staff. Slightly spiffed up. They no longer use lard.
The pollo campero (country chicken) is your choice of grilled or fried.
I got the fried which had an excellent soft spicy coating covering juicy chicken.There are three pieces of chicken. This order had a breast and two drumsticks. It came with casamiento (mixed rice & beans) topped with sour cream, cole slaw, french fries, pickled carrots and jalapenos, chips, salsa and two rolls ($5.99)
The casamiento was qute tasty. The coleslaw was good and creamy. The fries just ok and a bit limp. The chips are decent and there were two nice soft, yeasty rolls. House-made tortillas can be subbed for the rolls.
I asked if this was like the version of the Guatamalan chicken chain - El Pollo Campero. He said it was a similar style but the chain has special ovens to steam the chicken. I thought it was a lot better than the chain chicken I tried. It actually is one of the better fried chicken dinners in the area.
They have some soups and beef birria now that I didn't remember from my last visit. There was also a sign that they had Salvadoran tamales. They still sell pupusas.
Taqueria Las Americas
12929 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805