El Pollo Inka – Peruvian Dining

El Pollo Inka Sign

El Pollo Inka Sign

El Pollo Inka Torrance resides along the West side of Hawthorne Blvd near the Torrance Airport. From the outside it looks a little plain but inside you’ll find a comfortable sit down restaurant complete with large booths and padded bench seating. The restaurant has a bit of a dark vibe to it but it isn’t noticeably dark. The wait to be seated was a short 3-4 minutes and the host was courteous and got us in quickly.

El Pollo Inka Col Pollo No Rice

El Pollo Inka Col Pollo No Rice

CARL: El Pollo Inka occupies a building near and dear to my heart – the site of my childhood favorite place – Farrell’s Restaurant. For those unfamiliar, Farrell’s was the most amazing ice cream restaurant serving up creations like The Zoo and The Trough for those ambitions enough to tackle ice cream by the pound. Anyway, back to El Pollo Inka……. I used to be a regular at their Hermosa Beach location back when my office was in that neighborhood. I enjoyed their “Saltado de Pollo” a plate full of chicken, sauteed with onions and tomatoes poured over both rice and fries. I’m watching the carbs these days so today I picked the “Col de Pollo” which has some similarities with the chicken, onions, tomatoes and cabbage. As you can see in the picture, I opted to skip the rice. The Col de Pollo was just $7 and included dinner rolls and a salad. An excellent deal. My usual Diet Coke was a tad pricey at $2.85 but combined we are still under $10 before tax and tip. I gotta give these guys props. 4.5 Pigs! 

picante de pollo

Picante de Pollo

Oliver: This was my first time at El Polla Inka and I was not sure what to expect. Located along restaurant row in Torrance there is ample parking and ease of access, two big points for me. The dining area was large and open and you can see everyone in the restaurant. Our waiter was friendly and offered help in navigating the menu. This blog is all about lunch specials and El Pollo Inka really knocks it out of the park.

For starters they serve a basket of bread to hold you over till your soup or salad arrives. With a healthy en-tree size you will not be going away hungry nor broke. This veritable feast cost only $7.00!

I ordered the Picante de Pollo. It is Chicken over Potatoes in a spicy cream sauce with rice. I wouldn’t say it was very spicy, but your mileage may vary. There was a lot of chicken and they did not skimp for the lunch special on anything.  The Diet coke was not flat and refills are free. Like Carl said, $2.85 is pretty steep, but they more than make up for it.

The basket of bread and soup or salad combined with a great selection of lunch specials all under $8 give El Pollo Inka a full 5 pigs! 

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