Spotted on Williams Boulevard in Kenner: POLLO CAMPERO!! The banner out front says “Opening Soon”, so get your tastebuds ready. Squeezed between the Contempra Inn (home to an ever-changing holiday inflatable decor display) and a gigantic gas station, this is the Guatemalan fried chicken chain’s first Louisiana location.
Unfamiliar with Pollo Campero? Founded in 1971, it now has more more than 300 locations from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras to Bahrain to Indonesia. Think of it as the Popeye’s Chicken of Central America, only filtered through a Latin lens: fried and grilled chicken, yuca fries, sweet plantains, beans, rice, two different kinds of horchata…..the food inspires fanatical devotion and endless longing in those unfortunate enough to move far from home or one of its many worldwide outlets. Pollo Campero chicken is stashed in the carryon bags of many returning from Central America—so many that some airlines forbid it unless it is stored in airtight packaging.
According to the Pollo Campero Facebook page, the Kenner location will open in mid-January. Past Pollo Campero openings have drawn huge crowds across the U.S. I’ll bet this one is no different.