Pollo Campero from Guatemala
It might seem odd to hit up a fast food chain when there was so much else to eat here in LA. But I came here for a specific reason: this was a fried chicken chain from Guatemala that apparently was so strong that it kept KFC from being successful there. And it has since expanded to a number of overseas locations, including Southern California. I wanted to see what it was all about.
At first glance, there was some resemblance to El Pollo Loco, with the black plastic plates, salsa bar, and corn tortillas in a bag. But these guys did both fried and grilled versions of chicken, and they were both much saltier than I was expecting. Perhaps that is not surprising given how salt is sometimes even added to things like candy and beer in parts of Latin America.
Well, it was tasty and tender nonetheless. Interestingly, Pollo Campero has expanded to Indonesia and China as well, which I suppose makes sense considering Asia's affinity for fried chicken. I just wish that El Pollo Loco would come out to Asia, as I'm a bigger fan of theirs.