Recession Obsession: El Pollo 'Loco'
A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Mobile Japanese Burgers and an Indian Spot. Today we obsess...Remember: Go to the burger and get the chicken. Don't be afraid. Ignore the shady parking lot, the homeless guy asking for change, and the guy selling the pirated DVDs. Your stomach (and wallet) will thank you. Ignore the "B" rating, ignore the graffiti, and ignore the menu. You don't need it. Just ask for the chicken plate.
Dino's Burgers, on the corner of Pico and Berendo, is not known for the burgers (mediocre, nothing to write home about). No one really knows Dino's Burgers. It's always Dino's, Dino's Chicken, or Dino's chicken plate (tags to this post reflect that). Enough to the point that it's now called Dino's Chicken and Burgers. Not sure why "Burgers" are still mentioned.
"El pollo maniaco," the chicken plate (NOT a translation, I'm just describing the dish), is their signature dish. Greek in origin, Hispanic in execution. A true fusion of cultures (pre-Kogi), might have been influenced by Dino's proximity to Koreatown and the Byzantine Latino Quarter. 8 out of 10 people order it. This fiery orange chicken is bursting with flavor (to borrow a popular phrase from Yelp)! But really, it is. It's loaded with garlic and oregano, so if you forget your pack of gum/mints it will stay with you all day (in your breath and in your belly).