Washington, DC


Those of you who have been diligently following my tenure here at PoP (and I know there are sooo many of you) will know that my first two posts have been about Mount Pleasant establishments I had never been to before. This week I will highlight a place I have been to many many times.

As a wee child, my family would find great amusement in my tendency to dance in my seat and sing to myself when I was eating something I really liked. Much to my chagrin, I still find myself doing this sometimes. I always find myself doing this when I eat at Pollo Sabroso.

Pollo Sabroso is located at 3153 Mount Pleasant Street (there’s another one on Park Rd between 14th and 16th.) It’s not much to look at, but as my dear friend Rodney would say, this place is The Heat! I don’t know what they put on that chicken (maybe crack??!) but it is freaking delicious. And cheap! For six dollars and change you can get yourself a quarter chicken, a side (yucca, fries, rice or plaintains), a salad, and a drink – which you will need after you try the spicy green sauce.

I always get the same thing, but not for lack of choices. It seems that most people go for the chicken, but they have a pretty extensive menu, and everything I’ve seen come over the counter (including the whole roasted fish) looks awesome. The other night I dragged my roommate along with me, and she got the Mexican Torte which was really good, and enormous! I even took my mom and dad the last time they were in town. They loved it, and my mom said it was the best meal she’s had in DC. Take that for what you will, but in my book, this – coming from a woman who I have only ever heard give such praise to extravagant chocolate desserts – is a pretty serious endorsement.

I’ve heard people say that there are better, more delicious Peruvian Chicken restaurants in the area. I don’t know if I buy it. A friend took me to Crisp and Juicy in Rockville last week. It’s good, but I can’t walk there, there are no cute little kids manning the counter (they are almost always there, I guess it’s a family operation), and it was more expensive. And so it is, Pollo Sabroso has won my heart, and my belly! Check out the scrumptious photos of Tina’s Dinner After the Jump.




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