633 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, 970/249-0616
As if the name isn’t hint enough, Pollo Asado is all about chicken. Flame-grilled chicken, to be exact. So much so that its menu boasts it has the best chicken in town.
In Montrose, where there are plenty of places to procure great -tasting chicken, it seems like a tall order. But when you sink your teeth into a piece of Pollo Asado’s flame grilled chicken, with its crispy skin and flavorful seasoning, you’ll be quick to realize that something indeed special is going on with that chicken.
Chicken meals come in three sizes; quarter chicken ($5.99), half-chicken ($9.99) and whole ($16.99). When served, the chicken is flame-kissed, hot and full of flavor. Where many go wrong in cooking chicken, Pollo Asado goes above and beyond perfection. For instance, hard-to-cook chicken breasts, which often end up dry and bland on the grill, at Pollo Asado’s come full of moisture and flavor, almost as if you’d bitten into a rich piece of thigh meat. The rich dark meat on the thighs and legs is worth fighting for, as you might imagine, given the tender juiciness of the breast meat.
The chicken served at Pollo Asado comes bone-in and has a light yellow tinge that’s broken up with char marks from the grill. Perhaps the most sinful aspect of the chicken at Pollo Asado is the chicken skin. It’s crisp. It’s savory. It’s irresistible – and impossible to eat just one crispy piece of chicken skin.
On a recent weekday lunch hour, I asked the manager what the secret is to making Pollo Asado’s chicken. He replied that he could explain some of it to me, but other parts of the recipe, would be, well, kept a secret. Each chicken at Pollo Asado is marinated overnight in a blend of spices and citrus juices. From there, the chicken is grilled over an open flame and chopped to order. Seems simple, right? But if it were that simple, everyone would be making chicken like this at home.
Each chicken meal order is served with Spanish-style rice, pinto beans (made without fat or lard), and freshly made corn or flour tortillas. Add to that freshly grilled green onions, a grilled jalapeno and three signature sauces (the marinated onion salsa is popping with flavor) and you have a full meal spread that would make even Colonel Sanders blush.
Pollo Asado’s goal is to provide fresh and healthy food that’s affordable. Indeed, the whole chicken meal, with all sides included, feeds a family of four for under $20.
If chicken isn’t on your menu, there are plenty of other affordable meals to be had at Pollo Asado as well. Three smothered tamales with rice and beans ($6.99) are an easy go-to. So is the chile relleno plate ($6.99), also served with rice and beans.
For other plates, choose from carne asada, chicken, pork, shredded pork or green salsa pork skins. Three tacos with beans and rice are just $5.60, or you can get four taquitos with rice and beans for that same price.
Pollo Azado also serves up tortas served with fries for $5.60 as well. Naturally, on a busy weekday lunch hour, Pollo Asado’s cheeseburger and fries ($4.60) seem to be a big hit with the students venturing from the high school.
From burritos to quesadillas, Pollo Asado has an extensive and affordable menu to choose from. It is hard, however, to venture too far from its chicken meals. Once you’ve tasted Pollo Asado’s chicken, it’s hard to imagine eating chicken anywhere else at such a price. While I won’t come out and say that Pollo Asado serves the best chicken in town (we are not in the “best-of” business) I will say this:grilled chicken has never excited me as much as it did at Pollo Asado.
GRAB AND GO: The food served at Pollo Asado is served quick. If you’re looking for a full family meal on the go, stop in and order a full chicken meal. In no time, your family will be smacking its lips. It’s chicken bliss.
WEEKENDS AT POLLO ASADO: Stop in on Saturdays and Sundays for menudo. And, perhaps, some chicken.
Open daily from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.