Fresno, CA

My review of some good juicy chicken at El Pollo Loco

Mark-John Clifford
El Pollo LocoPhoto byEl Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco is not what I usually think of when I want chicken. It's typically a host of others like Vons, Save Mart, Popeye's, and KFC.

When our son and his girlfriend called me the other day and asked if I wanted something to eat, I said "Yes" and then, "Where are you going?"

They told me El Pollo Loco, and I asked what I could get. They gave me a good rundown on the menu items and side dishes, and I gave them my order.

What Showed Up

So I got a nice size chicken breast, a wing, mac and cheese, and corn as sides. It all looked great and was enough for lunch.

The chicken breast was grilled and looked great. Once I bit into it, I found out how great it was. It was tender, juicy, and tasted fantastic.

I couldn't believe how juicy the breast was since breasts are hard to cook especially grilled. This one was perfect, and I was excited to try the wing hoping it was just as juicy.
Full Chicken MealPhoto byYelp

I bit into the breast, and to my surprise, it was just as juicy and tender as the breast, so I figured the sides had to be good, right!

The Sides

The corn tasted great but wasn't hot enough for me. Other than temp the corn as good, they gave a good amount on the side.
Mac and CheesePhoto byEl Pollo Loco

The mac and cheese was very hot. Actually, it was extremely hot, too hot to eat. I let it cook down, and it was most likely the best mac and cheese side I've had from a food vendor besides making it homemade.

The Location

El Pollo Loco has many locations, but our son and his girlfriend seem to like the site on Willow and Herndon in the Target shopping center. I don't know how the others are, but they say they've tried other locations and still like this one best. I've heard good things about other sites, so it's up to the eater which one is best for them.
Check This OutPhoto byEl Pollo Loco


Get out there and give them a try. Maybe not all of them, but the locations you like, and let us know how they are so we can check them out and write a review on each site. Patti and I are trying to check out restaurants with multiple locations in Fresno, Clovis, and the valley to write reviews about, so we're asking for your help.

Buon Appetito!

Mark & Patti

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Patti, my wife, and I write about life here in Fresno, California, and the Central Valley. We especially enjoy writing reviews about restaurants we've dined at, along with the food that is served. From time to time, we also write about and share recipes that we are fond of and hope you'll try them and let us know your thoughts. We are not traditional food critics. We don't have to worry about restaurants making unique dishes for us. We're just the average customer going in to dine, and then we write reviews.

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