El Pollo Loco
Best In Its Class: El Pollo Loco
While many establishments defy classifications, there is a clear distinction between 'fast casual' and 'fast food.'
It's pretty hard to ensure quality when your price point is under $4.00 and you're trying to keep track of over 100 locations.
El Pollo Loco, congratulations for being the best at mass producing food I would rather not eat.
The Guacamole Hemorrhage
This El Pollo Loco meal was rated: .
Welcome To El Pollo Loco
They only serve chicken. Crazy chicken.
Translated as, "The crazy chicken," it...[I struggle to come up with some mad cow joke here but can't. Email me if you've got a good one.]
Self proclaimed as the
leading quick-service restaurant chain specializing in marinated, flame-broiled chickenthey've got 320 locations, some of which are franchised, in an unknown number of US states. After playing around with Google Maps and El Pollo Loco's own restaurant locator, they have restaurants open in California, Arizona, and Nevada, but possibly others, too.
The history of El Pollo Loco was equally laborious to research. They opened in 1975 in Mexico. At one point, they were part of the publicly owned organization that runs Denny's. They were sold in the end of 1999 to American Securities Capital Partners, a private investment partnership. In November of 2005, they were sold again to Trimaran Capital Partners.