Years ago, I had discovered a place with the best chicken at fast food prices. I didn’t mind at all treking over to Roswell to get my Pollo Tropical on, it was just that tasty. So, I was heartbroken when Pollo Tropical closed its doors. Last fall, I received news that they would open a new location in Lawrenceville and was pleased that earlier this month, Pollo Tropical added another location on Cobb Parkway.
Pollo Tropical is a Miami-based chain that opened in 1988.The restaurant now has nearly 90 restaurants open in the United States. Known for their “fresh, never frozen” grilled chicken, the restaurant serves other dishes like soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, Mojo Pork and Guava ribs and Caribbean sides.
What is unique about Pollo Tropical is that they serve quality food at fast food prices with a no-tipping policy. Guests order and have food brought to their table. Food is served on real plates with real silverware. Oh, they also serve beer, wine and Sangria.
I was invited to attend a media luncheon earlier this month and we were treated to Pollo Tropical’s delicious goodies. We basically sampled the entire menu. While I loved the Guava Riblets and wings, I just don’t stray very much from the original grilled chicken. So juicy and flavorful, it is my favorite.
For sides, get the yellow rice and vegetables and Balsamic Tomatoes. My only quibble is that my two favorite “sides” aren’t offered as sides at all, but starters. The Sweet Plantains and Yuca fries must be ordered separately. No matter, I’ll happily order these separately and share with my peeps.
OMG – and don’t even get me started talking about those sauces! The cilantro-garlic is the perfect dipping sauce for the yuca fries. And the curry mustard is wonderful drizzled on top of the grilled chicken. But if you are craving spicy, try the Poyo-Poyo sauce.
Besides the incredible food, the pricing super cheap! You can get a meal for under five bucks. And for lunch, get a wrap or sandwich combo (with side and drink) for five bucks. You can even get what is called a Tropi-Chop (customize-it-yourself-bowl shown above) with choice of meat, starch and topping for around the same price. I just ate with Mr. ARB at Wendys and the two of us sharing a small coke and small fries with two chicken sandwiches was around $13. Family meals for four, are only $12 at Pollo Tropical.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert. The Guava cheesecake is my personal favorite, but the Flan is a close second. It is not heavily advertised, but they have these Guava bars (see above) that are only 99 cents, but super tasty.
2955 Cobb Parkway