Restaurant Show Suggestions - Pollo Lima

March 11, 2016

Wherever you go in this world you’ll find chicken on the menu. And every country has put its own unique stamp on the chicken it serves. In Italy you’ll find chicken cacciatore. The Chinese prepare it in a sweet and sour sauce, and the Thais grill it on bamboo skewers and serve it with peanut sauce. And there are lots of places in Denver where you can enjoy these and other chicken preparations from around the globe.

In Peru, they marinate whole chickens and grill them on an open-flame rotisserie to create some of the most flavorful chicken you can imagine. And while there are a lot of cities in this country where you can enjoy Peruvian chicken, it’s sadly under-represented in Denver. Which is why, when we hear of a local place doing this South American treat, we simply have to check it out.

The latest place preparing pollo a la brasa, or Peruvian chicken, in Denver is a spacious, bright and inviting restaurant in the Denver Tech Center called Pollo Lima. It’s tucked away in Greenwood Village Plaza, a sprawling strip center on the south side of Arapahoe Road just east of I-25, and can be a bit hard to spot the first time. But I guarantee you, once you try this chicken and the accompanying sides, you’ll be able to find your way back blindfolded.

Pollo Lima is a fast-casual concept, and there are lots of ways to enjoy this chicken either as part of a salad, tucked into a wrap, or rolled up in tortillas and served as burritos. And, while I’m sure they’re all great, I suggest, if it’s your first time, that you savor Peruvian chicken all by itself to get the full impact. Depending on how hungry you are, you can order a half chicken, or a quarter chicken choosing either a breast or a leg-thigh combination. At this point you’ll be faced with an even bigger decision, which is selecting two accompanying sides from traditional french fries, white rice, plantains, yucca, black beans and several others. After your dish is plated, you advance to the sauce bar, where you’ll find several flavorful sauces running the gamut from mild to hot. Try one or try them all, dipping small amounts into available plastic cups.

Finally, grab a seat and dig into one of the most incredible taste sensations ever. The spicing on both the chicken and on the sides is delicate and haunting. While I’m not a huge fan of plain white rice, at Pollo Lima I could have made a meal of nothing but the rice.

If you’re a fan of dessert, be sure to save room for their flan or the decadent Tres Leches cake. If the chicken doesn’t bring you back, I guarantee the dessert will.

Prices at Pollo Lima are modest. You can enjoy a quarter chicken with two sides for $6.99. A half chicken ups the ante to $10.99. And, they’ll cater any number of chickens with accompanying sides for your next dinner party. They’re open seven days for lunch and dinner, and offer lots of parking.

Pollo Lima
9614 E. Arapahoe Rd. just east of I-25