If Fresa's haters were hoping that cheap charcoaled chicken chain El Pollo Rico would woo critic-about-town Mike "Fed Man Walking" with its delicious and affordable authenticity in his ongoing "Rotisserie League" review series, they are about to be real disappointed. Because Mike Sutter thinks El Pollo Rico tastes like somebody dropped it on the ground, the fact that it's half the price of Fresa's $24 meals be damned. He writes:
This is chicken under duress, rangy, thin and dry, like it had lived a desperate life. It tasted like it’d been dropped in the backyard after it came off the grill, an idea planted when I saw how dirty the store was.He couldn't even bring himself to eat the potentially redeeming charro beans, with "hard wads of mystery meat flotsam in the turbid stew." After just two rounds, Fresa's is in the lead. Sutter's next stop: HEB Mi Tienda.
El Pollo Rico at Rundberg and I-35, one of six Austin locations. [Photo: El Pollo Rico/Facebook]