Torres Gimenez, 27, became partners with the owner of Mr. Pollo four months ago, and started transforming the place into a market-driven Colombian eatery. Torres Gimenez spent time in the kitchens at Quince and Coi, where his job included butchering. He's doing the same thing at Mr. Pollo. "I buy whole lambs, whole goats and butcher them myself," he said.Tropical music, passion fruit juice, and rich and toasty-melted arepas with faintly sweet fried exteriors add to the dough-laden good times. "We're trying to clean (it) up here, make it look more professional," a staff member on duty with Torres Gimenez told us yesterday. He added that there were plans to upgrade kitchen equipment, too.
Staff takes a break from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily, so plan your feasting accordingly.
Mr. Pollo 2823 Mission (at 24th Street), 375-1185; cash only