our little secret
Rose Reyes’ el pollo rico
730 W. Stassney Ln. (512) 445 7474 elpollorico.org
ollo Rico is no secret to my friends and family. After a long day at work, school or soccer practice, this funky Mexican chicken spot is a weekly stop for quick, delicious comfort food that everyone can agree on. I have been a South Austinite for over 20 years, and Mexican food joints can be found on every corner. We have so many favorites like lazy Saturday morning breakfasts at Arandas #4 or the warm empanadas de camote from La Mexicana Bakery…but Pollo Rico has the top spot in our heart, and I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t become an instant convert. We have chef and foodie friends who have asked us to bring some over for football watching, coworkers who request it for work meetings and guests who beg for the address of that Mexican chicken place. The word is out.
Although Pollo Rico has a number of other tasty items on the menu — we heart the tortas and quesadillas — the true star is the whole chicken combo. The juicy, charcoalgrilled chicken arrives with a steaming-hot stack of corn tortillas, amazing green and red sauces, beans, rice, a whole grilled onion, jalapeno and lime — all for $13! We often opt for picking up some Pollo (and some margarita fixings!) for a hassle-free, family-style party. The chicken comes wrapped in white butcher paper, and when we get home, we simply place it on a big platter with the paper underneath for easy cleanup. Friends with kids? Hungry musician friends? Ravenous teens? Pollo Rico is the perfect solution for an impromptu get together! I’m betting you will never go back to grocery store rotisserie chickens again. We mostly use the drive through, but Pollo Rico also has picnic tables out front if you want to enjoy your chicken on the spot. The intersection there is busy and the atmosphere is overflowing with local color — but sometimes, you just won’t want to wait. ROSE REYES Rose Reyes is the Director of Music Marketing for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also serves on the board of the Texas Music Hall of Fame and is an active volunteer with the SIMS Foundation and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. This year, Reyes will be co-chairing the Corporate Battle of the Bands for the organization. A mother of three, Reyes also interviews local musical talent for the blog, 20 Questions 4 Austin.
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