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Restaurant Spotlight: Super Chicken

Super Chicken in Falls Church might appear to be a hole-in-the-wall cafeteria-style joint, but don’t judge this book by its cover. The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken with its fall-off-the-bone meat is so super that customers have been coming back for 10 years now.spotlight

Super Chicken in Falls Church might appear to be a hole-in-the-wall cafeteria-style joint, but don’t judge this book by its cover. The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken with its fall-off-the-bone meat is so super that customers have been coming back for 10 years now.

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Super Chicken (News-Press)

The interior of the place has an earthy quality; the pale yellow walls are a neutral complement to the gold-brown tile work and the ceiling, checkered with white and olive green. The dining area is quite small, but be not discouraged; Super Chicken provides a carryout service, so guests can grab their tasty birds and run. Patrons who make an order of $13 or more also receive free delivery.

To be honest, it won’t be the warm earth tones or the tight seating area that diners will notice first. They’ll be too hypnotized by the succulent whole chickens that rotate slowly in a stainless steel rotisserie oven. The mammoth oven is fed bags and bags of charcoal, so each chicken emerges with crispy skin on the outside and robust flavor within. The chicken marinade, however, remains under top secret wraps.

For single diners, Super Chicken offers the ultimate steal: the 1/4 Chicken Combo ($6.49) with french fries, a salad and a can of soda. From all the different sides, including salad, rice, beans, fries and cole slaw, this writer recommends a heaping mound of Yuca ($2.69), a starchy root indigenous to the tropical regions of South America.

A peeled and cooked yuca root resembles a potato, but compared to the french fry, yuca has a slightly firmer texture and sweeter taste. Because the yuca root is so starchy, a couple of yuca fries are much more filling than french fries. And instead of dipping the Yuca in ketchup, the secret is to dunk the yuca fries into Super Chicken’s to-die-for mayo-mustard mix – light, creamy and seasoned with black pepper.

Diners with larger appetites can pick up the Super Chicken Platter ($8.99), which includes a half chicken, plus any three side orders and a can of soda. Even better, on-the-run families can pick up a quick dinner with the Family Special ($18.49) that comes with either a whole chicken, 2 side orders and a 6 pack of soda or a whole chicken with rice, beans, yuca and fries.

In addition to chicken, Super Chicken also serves up 8” subs, including a Chicken Sub ($5.79), Steak & Cheese ($5.79), Tuna Melt ($5.79) and the Cajun Fish ($5.90), just to name a few. All subs come with a pickle and chips.

Not just turning poultry, Super Chicken also flips burgers. Try the Hamburger ($4.50) or the Cheeseburger ($4.99), both made with ground sirloin and served with french fries.

Guests can pair their meals with Chicha Morada ($1.99), a unique drink made by boiling purple corn, fruit, cinnamon and cloves. The result is a sharp-tasting pick-me-up with a fruity, yet spicy, kick. Finish everything off with Alfajor ($1.59), a South American mini cake-like confection that consists of two round biscuits joined together with a sweet filling and topped with powdered sugar.

So, there’s really no excuse not to head on over to Super Chicken, where there’s something for everyone and for affordable prices, too. Super Chicken is also a venue option for office parties and special events; just call in advance.

Super Chicken

422 S. Washington Street

Falls Church, VA • 703-538-5550

Hours:

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

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