When Fiesta Chicken's chef and co-owner, Francisco Robles, created a chipotle farm that was dressing with flower, basil and other herbs, he did not fully understand the rich beast he had.
After the addiction condiment within the restaurant Frysta Burrito the restaurant a few years ago, he found Groupon's savior during hard hours. "That's why I'm in business, because of that sauce," says Robles. "Today, people come in and they want the burrito from the coupon."
His wife, Ana G. Alatorre, returned the idea for Chipotle Chicken Tacos with the dressing. The eyes were rolled back.
"I have customers who call those crack tacos," says Robles, 41, with a smile.
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In spring, this secret will be scattered in North Boise. After eight years at 10689 W. Ustick Road, Robles is planning the second Chicken Fiesta restaurant and drive. The site will be larger in the old Wendy building at 1450 S. Orchard St. – With luck, about April.
Last week, I had my first Fiesta Chicken taco. And chicken thigh. State reader, Kade Porter, twice doubled me about this "concealed limb". Biaie was self-proclaimed, he wanted me to join him for lunch. "The food is incredible," Porter insisted, 46, "I'd like to say that I eat average on average per week."
Finding out is a hole in the wall with a counter service. Minimal repair, a couple of tables. But filled the mouth smell of marinated chicken, charbroiled the space. Suitable customers sat and placed on boxes, enchiladas and semi-birds with inquiries and smiles.
OK, it's the chicken killer.
"It's very valuable," says Porter. "And it's amazing. … Whatever it makes the chicken before cooking it should be a controlled substance. I am eating there for at least six years now, and it does not get old. "
California transplants agree. Check the reviews on Google or Yelp. The Chicken Loco catches a chicken fiesta to hunger, a Mexican grilled chicken chain that is common in the West.
"It's part of the concept," says Robles, who moved to Boise from Fresno, Calif. "(But) you will not find the same taste you get here. At El Pollo Loco, you can see things that the premium is already.
"Tortillas is the only thing we do not do here. But we're selling enough of tortillas we have been doing manually. "
The community's success, Boire, El Pollo Loco. It's good, he says, but not the same. "Surely different taste, taste different."
Chicken Fiesta is different from most Mexican restaurants in Boise, Porter offers.
"When I go to a place like (enter the American Idaho chain called here), the food is right," he says. "But I'm going to walk away because it's too heavy and too much case, & # 39; Uh. & # 39; Fiesta Chicken has everything super fresh and done that day. "
Like the funeral's friends, Dustin Aldrich. It drives that Fiesta Chicken – just back from Five Mile Road – has been posted in downtown Boise about four times a week.
"The reason I'm driving is that I can go somewhere else and it will be less food, more expensive, and it's not going good too," says Aldrich, 45.
His wife sees his debit card balance filled with Fiesta Chicken charges. At least he knows he is not alone.
"I see the same efforts together," says Aldrich. "I know the only person who shows me here for flippin lunch!"
For a long time, both friends were locked at the Grilled Fiesta Burrito ($ 6.09). Aldrich warns about raising the Fiesta chicken rod ($ 6.60), which is twisted with skin sides, chipotle survives.
"That's the burrito," says Aldrich, "it's two pounds, and it's all meat."
My favorite game shows the California Combos menu, including costumes and drinks in the price. For just over six charges, you can get Chipotle Chicken Tacos and Pepsi cold. "Without plenty of food," says Porter.
It is. They do not have street tacos. They are significant. But for $ 1 more, you will also find two sides. It may be inexpensive to order mac and cheese in a Mexican restaurant, but do not hesitate. I want to repeat that side, as well as the brote, delicious salad.
Ultimately, however, Fiesta Chicken has two things: "The chicken and the sauce," says Aldrich, "I mean coming back."
Friendly sheep are only secret about marinade. "There are orange juice there," he says, talking. "That's the biggest thing you're getting out of me."
Perhaps it is best not to ask questions. As customers notice, the Hole Polos are vague with the Fiesta Chicken signal. Remember "Bad Disruption"?
If Robots were only more scarier. It seems too nice to be a chef. Born in Los Angeles and was born in Mexico, he returned to California at 16 and got a job to pick grapes. "I never had a school here," he says. "My school is only working in different kitchens."
He picked up his cooking skills working on his way up at the Sheraton Hotel and the Food Market. "They used to do everything by the beginning," he says.
The new Orchard site is more happy about the kitchen. The restaurant will also have 96 people, about three times the size of the Ustick Road space. Prices will not go up. "People look around the Glen, everything is more expensive," says Robles. "As long as people do not stop coming through that door, I can not raise them (for a while)."
The Fiesta Chicken will continue as a family business. Her daughter, Jacqueline, 17, and her son, Francisco, 13, are working in the restaurant on Saturdays.
With testimonies from patrons, the expanded family of Fiesta Chicken keeps growing. Porter says he can not help himself.
"With all the attention of how Idaho and Meridian are a great place to live – all of the Californians are coming here – it's a bit of conflict," admits Porter. "I like," Oh, I do not want everyone to eat there. "But honestly, it gives me a lot of joy. I refer to everyone I know to go there.
"It's amazing that it does not take one time, one visit, for people. And then many times, they are worried about introducing them because they understand again the next day."
▪ Chiesta Fiesta is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (208) 321-7520.
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