84: Sanduche de Pollo at Chimborazo


Northeast's Central Avenue is like Netflix: The seemingly endless scroll of offerings -- Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern -- can be downright overwhelming. But because we, as humans, need sustenance a bit more than streaming movies (though not that much more), we cannot simply flick off the tube and read a book instead. A choice must be made, and we're here to make that process a little easier for you.

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Chimborazo, the Ecuadorian restaurant founded by Marcos Pinguil, is just a little bit north on Central, right before you start to wonder if you're in Columbia Heights or Fridley. This small unassuming restaurant with a warm atmosphere and friendly staff is always bustling and smells like a savory heaven. The most expensive entrée on the menu is $12, so queue up a feast of cheese empanadas, fried to order and dusted in powdered sugar; Hornado Con Papas with roast pork that melts in your mouth; and small potato and cheese-filled pancakes called llapingachos.

But don't fill up just yet. While it may seem overly simple, we find that the Sanduche de Pollo -- yes, you read that right, the chicken sandwich -- is our favorite menu item (and one of our favorite chicken sandwiches in the city). Something about a sandwich wrapped in paper suggests superior flavor is to follow. The sanduche is served warm, with a flattened chicken breast rolled around an unbeatable combination of cheese, mayonnaise, and aji criollo (a spicy green sauce you may also want to dip your fries in, so ask for extra).

To accompany the sandwich, Chimborazo offers a soup of the day; a green salad with cheese, onion, and tomato in a refreshingly tart lime dressing; or a mountain of fresh-cut fries. All of these options complement the Sanduche de Pollo well, so choose whatever you're in the mood for and you won't be disappointed -- and at $7.50 a pop, this delicious meal is totally worth choosing again and again.

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