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Delicious chicken from a drive-thru take-out? You bet! Austin’s El Pollo Rico is not your typical fast food. Perfectly seasoned charbroiled chicken is wrapped with a grilled onion to go in butcher paper. The Pollo Entero Combo — an entire chicken, rice, beans, a lime, eight corn tortillas and two kinds of incredible salsa — is only $11.99.

The chicken is tender and flavorful. The beans have big chunks of onions and sausage. Yum. And I could devote an entire page to the salsa. The green sauce is a mystery – I tasted jalapenos and cilantro. Whatever it is that has been added to the sauce has all been blended to a smooth creamy green consistency. The red salsa is spicy and delicious.

If you’ve never tried the chicken from El Pollo Rico, you have no idea what deliciousness awaits beneath the butcher paper, plastic and foil.

Pollo Rico meal, wrapped in foil

There are five locations in Austin. This one in Round Rock is not a drive-thru and has tables inside if you want to eat and watch TV. There are also other items on the menu besides the chicken, however, I have yet to find anyone who has tried anything other than the chicken.

Front of Pollor Rico restaurant in Round Rock

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