El Pollo Rey - Kansas City, Kansas
We are still learning about interesting locally owned restaurants. We learned of El Pollo Rey in the Armordale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas in 2015 while shopping at Krizman's House of Sausages in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood. We went there that very night and enjoyed some great chicken in the packed (then) 13 year old restaurant. At 6PM on a Saturday night, it was hard to get an empty table and many of the customers were getting their orders to go.
The man working behind the counter was friendly and helpful. I started to pay when we ordered, but he said to wait until we were through. Our order took about 30 minutes.
During our most recent visit in August 2020, there were many vacant socially distant tables and it took just a couple of minutes for our order to be ready.
El Pollo Rey serves only three dishes: a half chicken, a whole chicken or chicken wings. Served with tortillas, rice, salsa & beans, a half chicken meal is $8.75. The sides were OK, but the chicken was excellent. It is some of the best grilled chicken which I have had and I understand those people who say it is their favorite chicken anywhere.
A whole chicken with the same sides is $16.50. The sides are the same size as in the dinners and there isn't much rice or beans in an order to go.
We also tried the only other item on the menu, the chicken wings. The wings do not have a crispy skin, but the sauce is spicy and quite tasty, while not being too hot. I enjoy each wing more than the one before. The wings are served with tortillas for $8.
El Pollo Rey is just a few blocks from Bichelmeyer Meat Market.
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