Local Eats: Pollo A La Brasa Western (Koreatown)

The stars of the story are this charbroiled chicken, french fries, and green sauce

Pollo A La Brasa Western has the best Peruvian chicken in Los Angeles. There’s a reason this place has been featured in publications like Infatuation LA and Los Angeles Magazine; it really lives up to the hype. I used to go to Pollo A La Brasa on Western all the time when I lived in Koreatown. The price has gone up over the past couple of years, but the food is consistently delicious, so it’s worth it.

This particular Peruvian restaurant is owned by an Asian family (I believe they are Korean, but I am not sure). The flavor on the charbroiled chicken is unmatched. There are tons of fire-grilled Latin chicken restaurants in LA, and Pollo A La Brasa’s is some the best I’ve ever had. The meat is so flavorful and tender that it falls off the bone. They cook it low and slow over wood for hours. 

pollo a la brasa charbroiled chicken

Their french fries are amazing too. They don’t salt them — for customer dietary considerations, I’m assuming — with some Lawry’s or sea salt, they are extra scrumptious. 

Honey Bear really likes their green dipping sauce, which is too hot for me, so that might mean its perfect for spicy food lovers. Their other sides (black beans, salad) aren’t much to blog about, nor are their rib-eye steaks, but a couple of whole chickens with fries on the side are enough to satisfy. 

French fries from pollo a la brasa

There are only two downside of going to Pollo A La Brasa on Western: 

  1. They are closed on Tuesdays, so make other plans if you think of going on that day of the week
  2.  The parking. This place has the tiniest, most awkwardly facing parking lot I’ve ever seen in my life. The restaurant exists on an island in the middle of the very busy intersection of Western and 7th. If you can’t park in the restaurant lot, good luck finding a metered spot or street parking in Koreatown. 

Pollo A La Brasa Western

764 S Western Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90005

Hours

Mon 11:00 am – 9:30 pm

Tue Closed

Wed 11:00 am – 9:30 pm

Thu 11:00 am – 9:30 pm

Fri 11:00 am – 9:30 pm

Sat 10:30 am – 9:30 pm

Sun 10:30 am – 9:30 pm

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