Even more delicious than Taco Tuesday, our weekly segment showcases the best doses of vitamina T, or vitamin T, Mexico’s street slang for the most coveted comfort foods that begin with the letter T. This would have been great on Sesame Street, but we beat them to the punch—here’s this week’s taste of vitamin T from the streets of L.A.
You won’t see many Mexican-style pollos rostizados, or rotisserie chicken restaurants in your neighborhood. You’re more likely to find grilled chicken here in L.A., probably (and unfortunately) in the form of a branch of the popular Mexican fast food chain Pollo Loco.
This is surprising since rotisserie chicken is more popular throughout Mexico than grilled chicken, which is really only a northern specialty. Angelenos are more acquainted with the Peruvian version thanks to the success of Western Avenue’s shrine to wood-fired rotisserie chicken: Pollo a La Brasa.
But allow me to direct you to Lennox Pollo. Located below the thundering, underbelly of frequent jet landings at LAX is a Guerrero, Mexico-style chicken specialist that’s worth the trip. The tender birds are fire roasted here with an herbed, achiote marinade. A half-chicken plate ($4.99) comes with mild tomato salsa and tortillas for making tacos. It’s a little over $8 for a whole chicken, and you can get two whole birds with all the fixings for around $14.
The chicken is so moist that you can use a tear of tortilla to tug at the meat and watch it shred off the bone. The skin is well-seasoned and crisp.
But go for the comida especial. You'll want the sides of beans and rice to raise the level of comfort in your take-out package. After all, there’s no place to sit here, so hop in your car and land this delicious bird.
Lennox Pollo, 10822 S. Inglewood Ave., Inglewood, (310) 672-4850