Maybe you’ve seen it. Driving up Western at 8th street, you get a whiff of burning pine wood, your eyes follow the billowing smoke over to a small beat up shack next to a decrepit car wash. Little do you know, the best Peruvian chicken in town is being roasted in a molten hot stove, spinning endlessly over a hot fire being fed from the huge stack of wood from outside. The Japanese owners are from Brazil, serve Peruvian roasted chicken, and can be heard speaking Spanish with their customers. The crispy skinned chicken is packed full of spices and flavor that the wood burning logs sear into the bird.
Their fries are thick cut, and some of the best in town. Their green aji sauce is atomic hot, be forewarned and use sparingly. It’s about $8 for half a chicken and fries, or order it with black beans and white rice. Eat it in the tiny dining room. Even though it’s dirty, smokey, and loud. After all, that’s part of the experience.
Pollo a la Brasa
764 S. Western Ave.
L.A. CA 90005