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Bites Nearby: Pollo Wow!

Takoma Park boasts a diverse selection of culinary offerings, but how do you know which places are really worth visiting? You could search the internet and trust a stranger’s review, or you can just get patched in to the best restaurants in town through o

Charbroiled/Peruvian/charcoal/rotisserie-style chicken restaurants have popped up at a steady pace in the area over the last few years. Of course, they generally feature the word “pollo” and some really have interesting names. My favorite has to be POLLO WOW, located on New Hampshire Avenue both for its name and its chicken!

Unlike many others that I have visited, Pollo Wow has a bright and clean interior, but still has that wafting aroma that brings in many Takoma Parkers like so many Pavlov’s dogs.

Pollo Wow sticks to the traditional offerings – quarter, half or whole chicken with sauces and sides. The mild yellow sauce is tasty, especially if you mix in a bit of the verde sauce for a little kick. The fried yucca beats the French fries that many other similar restaurants offer as a side, and the plantains are on par with others I’ve tried.

The seating is very limited (three tables), but you can always grab a whole chicken and some sides to take home to your family!  

7643 New Hampshire Avenue. 301-408-4707 Mon-Thu, 11am-9pm; Fri, Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm

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