The contestants: Chicken on the Run and Don Pollo
The similarities: Both places share co-owner Carlos Ramirez and use the same beer-based brine and
spiced marinade for their chickens.
The differences: Chicken on the Run turns its birds in a brick oven; Don Pollo uses a stainless steel oven.
Don Pollo is newer and bigger with better parking, and is slightly more expensive.
The results: In a breast-to-breast, leg-to-leg, wing-to-wing comparison, the Chicken on the Run parts had a
noticeably stronger kick, with moister meat and more flavorful skin. Don Pollo cooks a perfectly acceptable bird,
but it just shows how the same recipes can turn out differently, depending on who’s making them and where.
PERUVIAN TASTE TEST
Peruvian chicken places have popped up everywhere in our area, but when buying the birds
in Bethesda, these two popular options are often compared. We tasted them side by side.
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