Only a block away from Pio Pio Rico, on 46th street, there is a non-chain and more upscale Peruvian restaurant – Los Pollos. Went there for the first time ever for dinner tonight. The battery in my camera unfortunately died immediately after I took a picture of the exterior, so I apologize for the poor quality photos (which I had to take with my Droid X cellphone).
Here are some of those corn kernel things they give out as a complementary snack at most Peruvian places. I know there is a specific name for this dish, which Alex and/or Pete once told me, but I forgot (I’m a terrible food blogger)- I’ll update this post when I find out again. Unlike at Pio Pio, they don’t come with any sauce.
I was quite pleased with these $3 sweet plantains. Plenty for two people, and very tasty, although I wish they had cut them a bit thinner.
This blurry photograph depicts fried brown rice with shrimp ($14). It was good, but not anything special. The shrimp were large, but a bit bland. There also isn’t much mixed in with the rice – just scallions and a bit of fried eggs pretty much. I wish there were some more greens. It’s a pretty enormous dish though, and I couldn’t finish it all (but I did eat all the shrimps!)
This is the classic grilled chicken dish, and I must say the restaurant lives up to its name. This is the best plain slab of chicken I’ve eat in quite a while. Usually “grilled chicken” is a bland piece of generic white meat, but this was one was much more than that. There was a distinct smoky taste, and it was very flavorful. The large assortment of greens, including avocados, was a pleasant surprise.