Our Passion

At El Pollo Loco, pronounced “L Po-yo Lo-co” and Spanish for “The Crazy Chicken,” we go to crazy lengths for our signature citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken. First, we marinate fresh, whole chickens in a special recipe of herbs, spices, fruit juices and garlic. The whole chickens are then fire-grilled, hand-cut, and served with our chicken meals, burritos, salads, soups, tacos and quesadillas. And if that’s not enough, we apply that same passion to our handmade guacamole, salsas and dressings every day. Some say the lengths we go to are crazy. We say it’s Crazy You Can Taste.

Our Dedication

We’re dedicated to serving healthful, freshly prepared food hot off our open-flame grills from the skilled hands of our Grill Masters. But we’re not just dedicated to our delicious, authentic food. We’re dedicated to our customers—from our grill masters, who compete annually for the honor of being the best, to our cashiers, who want to make every customer experience count. We’re dedicated to our communities, too, whether it means volunteering in our local neighborhoods, running Fire-Grilled Fundraisers, or supporting those in need through our EPL Charities partnerships. And, of course, we’re dedicated to serving perfectly fire-grilled chicken every single day. Some say the lengths we go to are crazy. We say it’s Crazy You Can Taste.

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Our History

It all began in Guasave, Mexico in 1975. El Pollo Loco was originally a roadside chicken stand. Its signature menu item? “Pollo,” of course: fresh chicken marinated in a special recipe of herbs, spices and fruit juices. Needless to say, El Pollo Loco quickly became a local favorite.

By 1980, the very first American El Pollo Loco opened on Alvarado Street in Los Angeles. The rest is history.

While a lot has happened over the past few decades, El Pollo Loco’s commitment to fresh, authentic food has not. And we’re just getting started because with each day that passes, we grow more and more passionate about our food. Some say it’s crazy. We say it’s Crazy You Can Taste.

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El Pollo Loco, Inc.
3535 Harbor Blvd., Suite 100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 599-5000

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