Pollo Express

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Pollo Express

When it comes to truth in advertising, this 18th Street counter-service spot is 50% on target. Pollo: check. Express: well, that’s debatable. However lackadaisical the service, it’s serious about the first part: The roasted bird is the only main available, in half or whole size, plain or adobado (the latter, spiced version is the way to go). Legs and thighs are moist, and the drier rest is easily spruced up with fresh, warm tortillas, fluffy rice, porky beans and pickled onions.

Venue name: Pollo Express
Address: 1315 W 18th St

Cross street: between Throop St and Blue Island Ave
Opening hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Pink to 18th. Bus: 9, 18, 60, 168.
Price: Average main course: $7
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