Last month we had the chance to visit Pollo Tropical and try out their delicious food. We live in the farthest corner of Gwinnett county, and the closest Pollo Tropicals to us are either Lawrenceville or Cumming. Both require a bit of a drive, but we found out it was well worth the trip to Lawrenceville. The decor is Caribbean, very light and sunny. The service was great, too. You place your order, then get a card for your table, and a server brings your food. Ours checked back throughout the meal to refill drinks, bring napkins, etc.
Caribbean food is the specialty at Pollo Tropical. I've never really tried anything like that before but obviously, I've been missing out - it's delicious! We ordered the Family Meal on our first visit, which came with a whole grilled chicken, rolls, fried plantains and sides. We chose Caribbean Corn Souffle - it was amazing! and Macaroni and Cheese (for the kiddo). You can also choose from beans, brown, white or yellow rice, yuca and other dishes.
We also added two grilled boneless chicken breasts for my son and I. Everything was so tasty! The chicken is marinated in tropical fruit juices and spices and then grilled. Really moist and delish. The sides were great, and they had a variety of sauces and salsas to add to your meal. My favorite is the pineapple rum, which was zesty and fresh. David likes their curry mustard which definitely had some heat to it. If you are counting calories, check out their Tropical Lite menu. There is something for everyone at Pollo Tropical!
The second time we visited, we used the drive through. We had just spent the morning at the park and were hot and tired. So we went a little out of our way so we could hit up PT on the way home. This time David got a kids meal (mac and cheese bowl with a drink and a guava bar) and I had the pineapple chicken wrap with a yummy sauce and grilled pineapple plus that delicious chicken. Everything we've had there has been fresh and tasty!
The Lawrenceville location always seems crazy busy when we've passed by, and the two times we visited it was packed! I was really excited to find out that we are getting a new Pollo Tropical location right here in North Gwinnett, by the Mall of Georgia! It opens later this summer. It's hard to find fresh, healthy options when you are eating out, but you can't beat the grilled chicken at Pollo Tropical. We will definitely eat there once it opens. Next visit I will be trying their new Chicken Avocado Club Tropichop - yum! They've just added fresh avocado to the menu since it is in season, and also Cheezy Yuca bites!