Okay, now that the splainin’ is out of the way, let’s talk Pollo Campero!
|The design is appropriately clean and fresh for modern sensibilities – perhaps you’ll forget you’re ordering
We received the horchata we ordered right away – with no straw – and waited a long time for the rest of the food. While we were waiting, we watched employees take half chickens in and out of the broiler – no chicken by-products were spotted, which was nice.
|Rice pudding in liquid form. Teh noms.|
I enjoyed the horchata. It was more like my first one at Taqueria Michoacan; like a liquid version of rice pudding, with strong hints of cinnamon and cream, and less like the one I had at Tijuana’s, which was more rice-water-ish and had an overall flatter flavor. Makes me wonder what real horchata tastes like, since fast food is pretty much a pale shadow of what any meal would be cooked at home. Oh and like three times the calories, of course.
|Trying to be patient.|
We ordered the grilled chicken burrito ($4.99), grilled chicken bowl ($4.99), yuca fries ($1.99), and the aforementioned horchata ($1.99).
|The goods in travel mode.|
The burrito was fine, but just fine. The bowl – which was essentially just the burrito innards in a bowl – was surprisingly much more satisfying to eat. It might have had slightly different spices than the burrito, I suppose.
|Gnawed burrito… I was to excited about the bowl to snap a pic.|
The yuca fries were a toss-up – I thought they were delicious, while Adam found them to be a bit boring.
|Yuca fries. They were fry-tastically delicious, IMO.|
At the end of the day, we give it 3 stars.
Usually our criterion for 3 stars is that we’d go back again if we were nearby, but wouldn’t necessarily go out of our way to get there, or be over the moon about it. I think I can safely say that we’ll not ever be going back to Pollo Campero, but that is more due to the fact that we don’t do fast food, and less a statement about Pollo Campero as compared to other fast food joints. Pollo Campero seems to us to be a less greasy, latino version of KFC, and for that it gets 3 stars (KFC gets 1.5 stars from us, by the way).
3389 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30329