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Apr 19, 2011

Review: El Pollo Loco - Flame-Grilled Corn

El Pollo Loco's new Flame-Grilled Corn features sweet, fire-roasted corn-off-the-cob seasoned with chipotle en adobo and a squeeze of lime. It's one of three new premium sides at El Pollo Loco.

It's priced at $1.79 for a small cup, $3.99 for a large family-sized side.

I normally don't think of corn as a premium side but I guess flame-grilling and seasoning make it so? It still comes out of a warming bin though. I would have been more impressed if they had cobs roasting over their grill and slice off and season the corn to order. Now that would be premium.

Because of the adobo sauce, the corn strangely smelled a bit like meat to me. There's a smoky, overly-seasoned but not too salty flavor with just a hint of lime that's not unpleasant. I would have like more subtlety to highlight the corn a bit more though. Be forewarned that there's a a fair amount of chipotle heat; enough to make my nose run.

At the end of the day, I thought El Pollo Loco's Flame-Grilled Corn was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be but just too heavily seasoned.

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Nutritional Info - Flame-Grilled Corn - Small (1oz)
Calories - 33 (from Fat - 10)
Fat - 1.5g (Saturated Fat - 1g)
Sodium - 81mg
Carbs - 5g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 1g


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1 comment :

  1. I'm a vegetarian, but from the looks of the corn it was calling my name, I decided to get it but I did think that it smelled like meat. I went up to ask the manager and she said that they put bacon bits in it?!? Now I'm really curious because I didn't think that el pollo even served pork dishes :/

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