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Al Carbon Chicken

1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
+1 434-964-1052
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Al Carbon has been a favorite since my friend turned me on to it three years ago. Inexpensive yet delectable, it is not actually fast food because there is usually a wait. Customers order at a counter then wait for their order number to be...More

Thank TheCultureMaven
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of our favorite casual eateries. The chicken, as others have said, is the main event and the way to go. The mexican street corn is my favorite side but plantains are a close second.

Thank danricc7
Reviewed 1 week ago

No atmosphere expected, none delivered. Soft drink machine worked poorly. Chicken seemed no better than average.

Thank tombon2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The chicken was perfectly seasoned and the sides were all memorable, especially the sweet potato and the green rice. The atmosphere is homey and the staff very helpful concerning the different sauces.

Thank Allan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go for the chicken--it is their specialty! You cannot go wrong with any of the chicken dishes. The chicken is very well seasoned and cooked, very similar to the chicken they make in Guanajuato and Jalisco, Mexico. I do think the tacos are a bit...More

Thank Viajantesinrumbo0488
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Al Carbon Chicken a couple of times while visiting Charlottesville. The food is very well prepared and tasty. After ordering at the counter you sit down and you are called when the food is ready. It is very fast but the...More

Thank jogger2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent rotisserie-grilled chicken sandwich. I like the spicy version. Side order of fries is certainly big enough to share and very good. We’ve been several times. Great local, woman-owned business.

Thank Jono E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Terrific place, super nice people and the food is excellent. Service is fast - but doesn;t taste a thing like fast food!

Thank SaraMyh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great unpretentious lunch place for exceptional grilled chicken. Nice bare bones inside dining but most seem to do take out. Takes a little time for orders to come out - but well worth the wait. If you like roasted chicken this place is definitely worth...More

Thank Murphy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for takeout. Off the main drag little hidden away place. Haven't had a chance to try everything on the menu

Thank Nina C
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26 February 2016|
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Response from Bryan J | Reviewed this property |
yes, they do have fries, but no pizza.
Jamie Y
11 December 2015|
Response from Laura Z | Reviewed this property |
The tacos, flautas, and huaraches are made with corn tortillas instead of flour. They have soup (caldo tlalpeño), fried plantains, green salad, grilled veggies, several rice dishes, yucca fries, and nopal cactus-- these are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1871 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA 22901-1129
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-964-1052
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