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Forget about the burgers, Dino’s Chicken and Burgers (2575 W. Pico 90006) is about the chicken. Demetrios Pantazia, the owner of this joint, really got it right drawing from a family recipe and coming up with this tasty tandoori-red poultry special, a meal that reflects the surrounding Byzantine-Latino Quarter with its mix of Greek and Latino influences. The grill is constantly in use here cooking this dish; a smoky scent pervades the entire block. And everyone seems to be a regular, no one even looks at the faded wall menu while a constant stream of styrofoam containers filled with the house chicken special, “El Pollo Maniaco,” spill forth.
For $5.50, you get half of a chicken, served on a pile of freshly cut and cooked fries which have been doused with a spicy, vinegary sauce. Coleslaw and tortillas top off the meal. They don’t skimp on portions or flavor here; one serving can feed two people with moderate appetite. And it is a treat for your taste buds, especially if you like tangy, malt vinegar type tastes. By the time you finish you will be contentedly sated and your fingers will be dyed red from the seasoning.
A value like this has universal appeal and this place often draws a crowd. When ordering maybe keep it simple: most of the staff speak English but if not “un pollo para aqui” or “un pollo para llevar” is sufficient to hook yourself up with this yummy and bountiful meal.
[Please note this restaurant accepts cash only]