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Flying Chicken Restaurant
Posted by K Celis on 02/15/2013
Food is great and is also very affordable. The restaurant is very comfortable and the staff is super nice.
Posted by thewolley on 07/18/2008
Amo el Pollo Volador! Er...I love the Flying Chicken! A couple years ago I worked just down the way on Ravenswood and would come in for the 'especial de cuarto' which included a quarter chicken (dark or white, your choice), half a roasted potato, a cup of red beans and a cup of rice. All for $5.49. I prefer the chicken here to that of other popular Latin grills, as the flavour is subtler and more complex. It's also far less salty, which scores huge points for me. Oversalted food makes me sad (and puffy). There are various chicken meals on the menu but don't miss the steaks, which are also very good. And if you're seriously into meat, try the 'Picada Colombiane' which is a heaping platter of grilled pork, spare ribs, chorizo, fried casava (yucca), roasted potatoes, plantains and a couple of arepa (corn cakes). You'd be wise to bring reinforcements or Tupperware. There are a few seafood items which sound good, but which I've not sampled. OK, all those offerings are good enough but you mustn't MUST NOT pass up the empanadas. There are beef or chicken empanadas only, but the unusual thing (to me, at least) is that the shells are made from cornmeal. They are deep-fried, super crispy, crunchy even, and not greasy. Also, the beef filling is shredded, not ground. Drizzle these with the cilantro sauce they bring to the table and try not to wet yourself from crunchy joy. The other thing that must be had is the 'jugo naturales de mora' (blackberry tropical shake). I don't think these are made from fresh blackberries (no pips) but they are absotively, posilutely fantastaphoric. For some reason, FC has never drawn a crowd. I've seen many people walk by, look at the menu in the window and keep walking. Well, too bad. People, you didn't know what you had when you had it! NOTE: the Flying Chicken will close their Lincoln Avenue doors permanently on Monday, 21 July 2008. The good news is that they are decamping to 3402 West Montrose in Albany Park, where I hope (and feel) they will get a much warmer reception despite plenty of nearby competition. And that warm reception will be well-deserved because the owners serve up some delicious food, and they do it with a smile. How could we not love that? There used to be live music and dancing on Saturday nights. Maybe that will continue at the new location. The FC is set to reopen for business 'sometime in August' the manager didn't have a specific date. Keep your eyes open. And then your mouth.