Hours: Lunch & Dinner (daily)
Hidden away in a strip mall just outside I-526 on Dorchester road, Pollo Loko serves up a mix of Peruvian and Mexican with other South American offerings. When you pull into the parking lot, you can smell the charcoal smoke of their signature dish — Peruvian charcoal grilled chicken with crispy skin, smoky flavor, and perfectly tender meat. Served up with a tart vinegar cabbage and soft red rice, it’s a reasonably priced treat. Popular dishes like the Colombian meat buffet on a plate bandeja paisa and Peruvian stir-fry lomo saltado offer other tasty options. If more traditional Mexican is what you’re after, Pollo Loko has a full selection of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and other dishes from more directly south of the border cuisine. Fried and grilled tilapia and shrimp round out the menu, and you can pair anything with sides like fried plantains and yucca or a tall cool vanilla spiked horchata. —Robert Donovan (Dish, Winter 2019)
Cripsy char-grilled chickens, great beans and rice, and a hole-in-the-wall setting.