Perhaps you're stuck in some remote part of Guatemala and haven't had anything resembling Gringo food for days or weeks. Or maybe you've heard about Pollo Campero from friends or family who've visited Guatemala. Or maybe good chicken places seek you out and tempt you! You're in the right place.
Pollo Campero is a family-style fast food restaurant serving fried chicken with a Latin flavor. It was founded in 1971 in Guatemala by the Gutierrez family. It has maintained a friendly, high quality atmosphere that keeps me coming back! The year after it opened, operations expanded into El Salvador, and now there are more than 200 Pollo Campero locations in Central America, North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
Pollo Campero Menu
Though Pollo Campero doesn't advertise itself this way, the first few times I visited Guatemala, I was glad to get to a restaurant that reminded me a little bit of Gringo food. No, it's not the same as American chains such as KFC or others, but it is a nice (and safe!) change from worrying about whether the vegetables are safe or the water's clean. I've been living in Guatemala for a while now, and in the many times we've eaten at Pollo Campero (my daughter loves the playground), I've never had any *ahem* digestive troubles.
Pollo Campero has a nice range of food for everyone. The menu is a little bit different in every country, but let's talk about the Guatemalan Pollo Campero menu.
First, of course, is pollo (chicken). Pollo tradicional (traditional) is what has made the chain famous, but they also have pollo extra crispy (yes, in English!), pollo a la parilla (grilled chicken), alitas (wings), camperitos (breaded chunks of breast meat), pechuguitas (strips of breast meat), and nuggets (I don't think that one needs a translation).
Pollo Campero offers three kinds of sandwiches: Sandwich de Pollo Tropical Spice (lemon-lime seasoning with grilled chicken), Sandwich de Pollo Extra Crispy (crispy chicken sandwich), and Hamburguesa de Pollo (chicken patty).
Desayunos - Many restaurants offer breakfasts: Desayuno Super Típico, Huevos a la Ranchera, Huevos Divorciados, Panqueques y Tostadas a la Francesa, Omelettes, and Croissants.
Salads available are Mediterranea, De La Casa, and Latina.
Acompañamientos (side items) that are generally included with many plates are papas fritas (french fries), ensalada de repollo (coleslaw), puré de papas (mashed potatoes with gravy), and pan bollo (roll).
As part of their Telepizza offerings, Pollo Campero has pastas and pizza - though I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of these.
Don't forget postre (dessert)! - Try the Yogurt con Granola, Flan, Cubiletes (Muffins), or Helado Suave (soft-serve ice cream cones).