Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Pollos a la Brasa:
2161 Colorado Blvd.

Hidden in the back corner of a minimall next to Blockbuster, right across the street from Dave's Chillin & Grillin, is a Pollos a la Brasa! You can hardly make out the faded yellow signage during the day and the interior looks like some former Winchell's Donut house. However, unlike the other Pollos a la Brasa's I've been to like on Western in KoreaTown or on Vermont in Gardena, this joint doesn't look like some lumberyard or firewood store.

Still, the rotisserie oven here is wood fired, but I couldn't see where they store their wood. You can see the oven conveniently through the window so you can start salivating right away. This place isn't that big and was completely packed. Everybody had the Inka Cola pouring, devouring their food, and looked like they would be planted for a while, so I ordered my food to go.

I love Peruvian food, but rather than go for some Saltado de Pollo or Ceviche or some other dish, and making this trip solo, I tried out the Rotisserie Chicken. I went for a half chicken plate with rice and fries (under $10). Once I got home, I devoured it like food was going out of style! The chicken was tender, smoky, and the skin was flavorful. Tasty! The fries were all right - maybe because it got a little soggy in the take out container. But really, it's all about the chicken. The smoky, garlicky, peppery skin - dang, I can still taste it now.

I also couldn't help noticing the Peruvian desserts in the counter cases. I just pointed to something that looked good. This thing had some crunchy layers of filo dough and a layer of carmel and topped with powdered sugar. It was crunchy and pretty good. Sorry, I don't know the name of this thing.

I gotta go back to try some more dishes and postres. Now, which Pollo a la brasa do I like better - KTown or Eagle Rock? If I had to choose, I would go for the lumberyard hole in the wall in KTown but it's great to know that I don't need to make a trek to Ktown to get some wood-fired Peruvian Chicken.

Pollos a la Brasa
2161 Colorado Blvd, Suite 106-7, Eagle Rock CA 90041 (323) 255-6322
Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 9pm, Sun 9am - 9pm


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