Hopefully I’m not overlooking another November thread. Please chime in if you know of other new places.
Pollo Club has opened on Moody Street in Waltham. It was mentioned in the October thread, but is recent enough that I thought I’d include it in November. For a variety of reasons, we got takeout from there twice and I must say the food was quite good. We sampled the chicken sandwich, whole bird with four biscuits ($30), deviled eggs, broccoli slaw with goat cheese fritters, hush puppies and mac and cheese. The chicken was crispy and juicy with a nicely seasoned crust and there is a nice selection of sauces to pick from to accompany the whole bird. Biscuits were tender and tasty. Deviled eggs were simple and classic. Broccoli slaw had a nice sesame flavor and the fritters were crispy and creamy. Mac and cheese was classic and had a decent gruyere flavor. Hush puppies were small in size with a fairly coarse corn meal batter, again a simple but flavorful preparation, served with a sweetish honey butter dipping sauce. Oh, and we tried the two vegetarian sandwich options: a halloumi sandwich and a tofu “banh mi”, which was banh mi ingredients on a small-medium sized roll. Both were flavorful and interesting but small enough to need a couple of sides to fill out the meal.
There was a wait of an hour and twenty minutes Saturday night and the place was packed. Despite the crush, takeout was surprisingly quick. I’m not sure if they’re taking phone takeout orders yet (they weren’t earlier in the week) as they slowly ramp up operations, but service (Alex Hage?) was really warm and gracious. It was somewhat loud, which is to be expected with a crowd in a small space, but it felt fun and pleasant. It sure looks as though they are going to do well.