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Sarasota: Peruvian Chicken?

Indy 67 | Jan 9, 201503:44 AM

Confusing experience yesterday. I needed to bring a whole rotisserie chicken over to a friend's house and I immediately thought of the Peruvian chicken take out/eat in places that are all over the Washington DC area. (Crisp and Juicy, El Pollo Rico, and Super Pollo are just three local chains that dot the metro DC area.) I thought it would be a slam dunk to find an equivalent place in the Sarasota area since the city is a hot bed of Peruvian cuisine. Wrong!

Only two names came up in an internet search: El Patio Latino and Peruvian Grill. Since the first option was closer, I went there. The chicken was acceptable, but the green sauce was not the version I'm used to. EPL's version is in the camp that includes generous additions of both mayonnaise and sour cream and minimizes the vinegar or lime juice. I'm used to a version which emphasizes lots of cilantro and vinegar with minimal mayonnaise/sour cream.

Confusing the issue even further is the fact that EPL serves its yellow sauce as the salad dressing whereas I'm used to a version of the yellow sauce that is a hotter alternative to the green. (Crisp and Juicy used to offer a red sauce that was hotter, still.)

After last night's experience, I have some questions:

How does the chicken at Peruvian Grill compare to the version at El Patio Latino?

Are those two places truly the only source for whole take out roast Peruvian chickens in the Sarasota area?

Thanks for the help.

El Patio Latino Peruvian Restaurant,
Peruvian Grill
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