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El Pollo Loco

30 Jun

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El Pollo Loco

Rating: ★★★☆☆
2100 88th St, North Bergen, NJ 07047
Website
(201) 868-0500
Price: $$
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Chicken marinated and flame broiled to perfection, decent burritos and tacos, and always fresh salsas

El Pollo Loco, which translates to “The Crazy Chicken“ is mostly a west coast restaurant chain with new locations recently popping up on the east. They specializes in flame-grilling marinated chicken and is regarded as a healthier alternative to traditional fast food chains. They have over 300 restaurants across the country, I visited their newly open location in North Bergen, New Jersey.

I had their BBQ Slider sandwich ($1-1.50) and eight piece special ($6.99), which includes wings, thighs, and drumsticks. Their slider sandwiches are decent, cheap, and incredibly small; you can literally finish it in less than 2 bites. Their flame-grilled chicken is exceptionally good, the skin is crispy and the meat has good herbal flavoring. Their chicken is also not as greasy as your average chicken fast food chain (ie. KFC). You can purchase meals in 2, 3, 4, 8, 12 piece sets. All meals come with sides (there’s 8 to choose from) and a drink.

In addition to chicken, they also serve burritos, bowls, tacos, and a few specialties. I tried their Bean, Rice and Cheese Burrito (BRC) ($1.69) and there’s no comparison to Toco Bell and the like, they use solid pinto beans and real Spanish rice instead of that mushy refried junk you see in fast food chains. Their Toco al Carbon ($1), which is a chicken taco with diced cilantro and onions is also good, but is extremely small portioned. There fresh salsa bar is also a crowd favorite and it includes toppings such as avocado salsa and guacamole, which is free to all customers.

Overall, I recommend the majority of El Pollo Loco’s offerings, especially their flame-boiled chicken. They’re not the best I’ve had, but at their prices you’re definitely getting a value meal (good quality and descent portions at a fair price).

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco
Salsa Bar

El Pollo Loco
8pc Chicken Meal (Legs & Thighs) – $6.99

El Pollo Loco
BBQ Slider – $0.99

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

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Where’s the Grill in KFC?

6 May

kfcgrillLast month, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) introduced a new product line called Kentucky Grilled Chicken. It’s their answer to health-conscious consumers who have dropped fried chicken from their diets, or cut back on indulging. The Grilled Chicken recipe has half the sodium of their original fried chicken recipe, but 600 milligrams for a breast is not exactly what I call healthy. It’s being tested in six cities (Indianapolis, Colorado Springs, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Fla., and Austin, Texas) at the moment and a national rollout is planned for early next year.

Oprah is also getting in on the action and is giving away their new Grilled Chicken Two-Piece Combo Meal for FREE. The combo includes two pieces of grilled chicken, two individual sides (mash potatoes and cole slaw) and a biscuit. Coupons for the deal can be found at unthinkfc.com or on the Cheapskat site. Some restrictions apply, see the KFC site for more details.

Update: Apparently the Kentucky Grill Chicken line has expanded beyond the six test cities mentioned above. I’m based in New York City and I had the FREE two piece combo last night. I enjoyed their grill chicken a lot more than their fried recipe, but it’s not good enough to convert me into a paying customer.

Where's the Grill in KFC?

Boom Boom Chicken

1 Mar

Boom Boom Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
553 Main Street, Fort Lee NJ 07024
(201) 592-9700
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Sun 11 am – 9 pm
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Having previously tried two Korean Fired Chicken joints (Bon Chon & Kyedong), I found Boom Boom to be the best out of the three. Boom Boom, formally a Bon Chon, has similar fresh, never frozen wings and drumsticks, a 20-minute turn around time and similar choice of sauces. Like Kyedong, it also offers whole fired chickens that is sure to please customers who like breasts and/or thighs. The restaurant has a total of three tables that can seat six. The staff is extremely friendly and can speak both English and Korean. The restaurant is located on a street that has very limited parking, so be prepared to circle a bit.

When visiting Boom Boom the only decisions you will need to make are:
– Large ($20) or Small ($12)
– Drumsticks, Wings, Mixed, or Whole Chicken
– Soy Garlic, Spicy, or Mixed

All orders come with a can of soda and and a cup of Korean daikon radishes. If your taking away, your food will be neatly packed; if your eating in, you will be provided with wooden bowls to eat from. Similar to other Korean fried chicken joints, I recommend you phone in 20 minutes prior to pick up or dinning.

We got a small order of wings and drumsticks with half soy and half spicy sauce. Like its counterparts, the skin was very crispy and the meat was very juicy; however, Boom Boom’s soy garlic was a lot more bold and the spicy was not overly spicy. With that said, if you really enjoy the overly spicy taste (and I know a lot of Koreans do) Boom Boom wont do it for, hit up a Bon Chon instead.

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

28 Feb

Bon Chon Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
346 Broad Ave, Leonia, NJ 07605
bonchon@bonchon.com
Website
(201) 461-1212
Price: $$
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Bon Chon Chicken serves Korean style fried chicken that is amazingly good. They have a number of location in the tri-state area and some over on the west coast (CA). I ate at the Bon Chon on Lemoine Ave and found the service to be exceptionally good. The staff speaks both English and Korean and are very friendly. The restaurant has amble amount of seating. Parking in front of the store is limited, but if you circle around you should be able to find a spot in no more than 10 min. Furthermore, there’s a parking lot around the corner that is free for shoppers (limited to 2 hours).

Both the spicy (contains vitamins A & C) and soy garlic are very crispy, juicy and not very greasy. According to Bon Chon, they use a proprietary sauce that stays on the chicken and not on your fingers, which is totally true. The soy garlic is exceptionally sweet and the spicy is very spicy compared to their competitors (Boom Boom & Kyedong). You can choose from a number of combination: wings drumsticks, soy garlic, spicy, or a mixture of both. An order of large goes for $20 and the medium is $12 (tax included). As of Oct 2008, the Leonia location no longer provides a free soda with each order, not sure about other Bon Chon locations. Do remember to pre-order 20 minutes prior to pick-up or dinning because the chicken is made to order and will take sometime to prepare.

I had a medium drumstick and wings with a mixture of both spicy and soy garlic, which also came with a cup of Korean daikon radish. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more as they were both very good!

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Kyedong Chicken – Palisades Park

28 Feb

Kyedong Chicken

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
133 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $$

Kyedong Chicken is Korean Fried Chicken house that has two locations; one, on Northern Blvd, NY (718-358-8300) and another on Broad Ave in Palisades Park, NJ. My review is based on the Palisades Park branch, which has no seating and is strictly for takeout only. The shop is located behind a bus stop and maybe hard to find since the shop’s sign is entirely in Korean and is co-located with New York Meat Market, a Korean butcher shop. Parking in this area is limited, so be prepared to circle a bit.

Kyedong Chicken, like their competitors (Boom Boom), offers wings, drumsticks, a combination of both, or whole chicken in either soy or hot sauce. You can also get a combination of sauces in any order, medium ($14) or large ($20) size. All orders come with a side of Korean daikon radish and a choice of soda. Remember to pre-order prior to pickup because it can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to prepare.

I had a medium order of wings and drumsticks with a mixture of half soy and half spicy. The skin was crispy and had good texture, but there’s nothing good I could say about the meat itself. It was very bland and lacked taste. For the price I paid, I would have been better off going to Boom Boom or Bon Chon, which is significantly better! I have however, heard that the Northern Blvd branch of Kyedong is worlds better and cheaper for that matter. If you really want to try Kyedong Chicken, I would suggest you skip the Palisades Park branch and head straight to Flushing.

Kyedong Chicken

BBQ Chicken

25 Feb

BBQ Chicken

Rating: ★★★☆☆
10 E Edsall Blvd, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
info@bbdotqusa.com
Website
(201) 461-0201
Price: $$
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BBQ Chicken is strictly for takeout only . There are no tables, just a waiting area. Everything is made to order and could take as long as 20-30 minutes to prepare, so call in a head with your order.

BBQ Chicken is a Korean style fried chicken joint. They have an international presence with over 3500 locations in 37 countries. There are a number of locations in NYC, but I happen to stubble upon the one in Palisades NJ.

The people that work Pal Park location are nice and friendly and although there English may not be the best, they will go out of their way to try to help you. (ie. explain the difference between the style of chicken they serve).

I tried the original, sweet and spicy, chicken nuggets, and waffle fries. Being a fan of white meat, my favorite of the bunch are the chicken nugget, which are more like chicken strips. They come in one size (16 pieces), are all white meat with crispy corn flake breading, and topped out with honey mustered or BBQ dipping sauce. The sweet and spicy is basically the original with a small amount of injected spicy and drowned in their creation of sweet and spicy sauce. Having been drowned in all that sauce, the sweet and spicy was still surprisingly crispy. The waffle fries are nothing special, however the portions are huge.

For first time goers, I would suggest you try the original which like sweet and spicy comes in 2 sizes, half chicken (5 piece) or whole chicken (10 pieces). The original is a good starting point and provides a good bases to see if you enjoy the EVOO cooking process.

From my experience, I felt that EVOO cooking process does make a difference. They market the chicken as being healthier and having compared BBQ Chicken to KFC I don’t see any major difference in the calories and total fat; however, I don’t get that disgusting felling of having eaten fried food after BBQ Chicken like I do with KFC.

I don’t enjoy fast food often, but BBQ Chicken is a great place to indulge in once in a while.

Update: the chicken nuggets are NOT all white meat. It just so happens that every piece that I had the first time around were white meat. I also forgot to mention that all chicken orders come with cold radish cubes, which eases that nasty felling you have after having fried foods.

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken