Is There an S.F. Underground Network for Pollo Campero Chicken?
We jumped for joy at rumors that Guatemalan chicken chain Pollo Campero was coming to San Francisco. Hugely popular in El Salvador and Central America, Pollo Campero has more than 300 restaurants worldwide, including L.A. and New York City. But after doing some fact checking we're sad to report that those rumors are false.
Lolia S./Yelp Pollo Campero box in the fridge at Rico Pan.
We did receive the tip that a bakery in Bernal was taking orders for spicy fried chicken from Pollo Campero, whose nearest outlet is in Southern California. Once the bakery received enough orders, someone would make the trek down Interstate 5 to an L.A. franchise and load up. Oscar Escobar, manager of Salvadoran bakery Rico Pan (3717 Mission at Leese), told us that on two occasions he has taken orders for fried chicken, but only, he says, for friends. Recently, however, Yelper Lolia S. spotted a Pollo Campero box in the fridge at Rico Pan, which makes us wonder. And there are rumors that at least one courier service in the Mission makes Pollo Campero runs to Southern California.
So even though we're convinced that a Pollo Campero franchise isn't imminent here, we still have a hunch that there's a distribution network somewhere in the Mission. Anybody know anything we've missed?
Lauren Smiley contributed to this report. Follow us on Twitter: @SFoodie