Without skewers, the only way to cook rotisserie-style meats would be tossing them into a dryer along with a flaming log or pair of electric socks. Revel in rotary glow with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Peruvian fare and drinks from El Pollo Inka in Hermosa Beach. The scent of rotisserie chicken roasted over an open fire lures visitors into El Pollo Inka, setting a culinary trap to encourage tasting of a menu filled with traditional Peruvian fare. Organize your taste buds into a single file line to properly sample each flavor in the ceviche mixto appetizer, a mixed plate of fresh halibut, shrimp, and squid soaked with lime juice and served with lettuce, yams, and corn preserved in its natural cob state ($9.75). Though the menu includes beef and seafood, the rotisserie chicken, which is escorted by salad and french fries, shines the brightest, like the sun devouring a box of fireworks ($5.99 for 1/4 chicken). Pair poultry with a peruvian beer, such as Cusqueña, or a domestic draught.
El Pollo Inka
After the Inca Empire fell, waves of Spanish conquistadors, African slaves, Chinese workers, and Italian immigrants settled in Peru. Naturally, the country’s newfound cultural diversity manifested in one particularly noticeable way: the cuisine. Today, potatoes, chili peppers, and corn––as prepared by the Incas––share plate estate with beef, citrus fruits, soy sauce, and pasta to create the rich and unique cuisine found at El Pollo Inka.
Native Peruvians Rosa and Salomon Jaime opened the first El Pollo Inka in 1987, beginning their own culinary empire that today consists of six locations across California and one in Miami. The restaurant’s Peruvian-style chicken rotates on a rotisserie spit for hours to achieve the juiciness and tenderness that makes it the crown jewel of the menu. However, El Pollo Inka’s beef, seafood, and vegetarian dishes also vie for palate popularity with the help of cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and an all-star public relations team. The restaurant also matches bites with sips from a wine list that includes varietals from Chile.
1100 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Hermosa Beach, California 90254Get Directions