Best Central American Import San Francisco 2013 - Pollo Campero
Before Pollo Campero opened in San Francisco in late 2012, the closest outlet of the massively popular Guatemalan chicken chain was in Southern California, and rumors abounded of an underground fried chicken importing and distribution network. Thankfully, now all would-be bootleggers need to do is head to the new sit-down restaurant on Mission Street. The secret to Pollo Campero's cult status is the fried chicken, which has been marinated in a proprietary herb, garlic, and citrus mix for 12 hours for an addictive final product that tastes fresh and refreshingly non-greasy. Grilled chicken, yucca fries, empanadas, flan, and other Central American favorites round out the menu, but the lines out the door around dinnertime every night are for the signature bird.