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“Great chicken, fast, friendly and done right!”
Review of El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco
Ranked #198 of 341 Restaurants in Carlsbad
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Carlsbad, California
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73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great chicken, fast, friendly and done right!”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

This is our favorite "go-to" chicken restaurant. In fact, it has become so much of a habit that we eat here or take out at least several times a week. The chicken is always cooked perfectly, and seasoned with a blend of spices and marinade that gives it a distinctive flavor. Flame broiled so none of that fatty, greasy taste or texture you get from other restaurants. Healthier, in my opinion, too. Many sides to choose from, including the usual rice and beans among others. The cole slaw is outstanding and my favorite. Not runny or over seasoned, just right.

A favorite for take out is the 3 Course Family Meal consisting of either 8 or 12 pieces of chicken, corn or flour tortillas, two large sides, a choice of huge Mexican salads, and 4 Churros for desert. If you are taking this meal home, you can take as much salsa and toppings as desired in small plastic containers to make your meal as spicy and individual as you wish.

The management and employees here are always super pleasant and helpful. They make every visit a trip worth while and we'll be going back as long as they keep cooking that fabulous chicken.

Oh, they have so many good things on the menu...a stuffed quesadilla is out of this world with bacon and avocado. My spouse brought me one when I was in the hospital after two days with no food! That's all I wanted! That's how good this food is!

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Carlsbad, California
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93 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Consistent quality and value”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

For a quick meal or take-out, this is our go to establishment on a regular basis. Fast, friendly service in addition to flavorful offerings makes this establishment a welcome staple in south Carlsbad.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Diane M
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