(Closed) El Pollo Locco Tacky?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I just tried el pollo loco last week and wasn’t impressed,  but I still love tacos,  so I’d be happy to see that at a recwption

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I love Mexican so would be so happy with it. I’m not in the US so i’m not familiar with that particular place but unless you think your guests are super judgey or expecting a formal event I don’t see a problem. Better than going into debt over food!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

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annabananabee :  the Salvi in me is like, DONT COMPARE CAMPERO WITH POLLOLOCO!! lol

though US pollo campero does not and will never compare to El Salvador’s. (food rant over lol)

 

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sdbride80 :  If you can, try a taco guy just like a PP said.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

It depends on the vibe you want. I will say fast food is better than the few brides that try to get away without serving a food at a 3 hour reception.

Post # 20
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3148 posts
Sugar bee

I’d love Mexican food, but I don’t like El Pollo Loco. And I know a lot of others that don’t like it either. I’d choose a better Mexican place!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

i think no matter what you do people will talk smack. i been to a wedding and a 15nera where they served el pollo loco or the local chicken joint place. sure it raised some brows but we all dug in the same. i could care less what people think, eat the chicken or go home

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

I’m finding it hard to believe a lot of Bees who have weighed in are familiar with the chain, which IS very definitely a fast food chain.

I’m curious to know if those who responded would encourage a bride to have Panda Express cater their reception, because they love Asian food. Or if they’d be in favor of KFC, because they love fried chicken.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee

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des- :  I agree. IMO El Pollo Loco is better than Taco Bell, but not by much. I love Mexican but wouldn’t eat at either chain, except maybe if I were on a roadtrip and there were nothing else around.

I think hiring a taco truck would be a way better budget alternative. Or having a locally owned Mexican place cater. Or at least springing for Chipotle. 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

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browneyedgirl24 :  Definitely! A taco truck could be delicious and fun.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee

I’ve never had El Pollo Loco, so I can’t comment on how it tastes. But I also avoid fast food for both dietary and food sensitivity reasons. It nearly always violently disagrees with my digestive system.  At the risk of being a bit indelicate, if any of your guests are like me, they’ll wind up spending the majority of the reception in the bathroom.  🙁

I think any party where the catering is fast food is going to be pretty casual by definition. Nothing wrong with that, assuming you want a very casual reception.

 

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

I went to a wedding last September and the couple had a Mexican buffet… it was one of the best food experiences I have had at a wedding (and I’ve been to a good amount of weddings, most with higher budgets and less tasty meals). I say GO FOR IT! The vibe is what you make of it and El Pollo Loco has really good quality meals, imho. Your wedding day will be so much more than the food and anyone who may think it’s tacky can take a hike. Your guests are there to show their love and support to you and your future husband, so I’m sure all will go well. As for appetizer ideas, you can include taquitos in addition to the quesadillas and nacho bar. A fresh salad would be nice too (I love their salads with the guacamole salsa dressing). 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I am a rare Mexican because I hate El Pollo Loco. That being said, if you and your Fiance love it and it matches a casual theme on your wedding, it might really be your best choice.

Honestly, I would ditch the pollo and go straight for the enchiladas. Enchiladas top pollo any time -at least for me.

Anyway, my only concers regarding El Pollo Loco would be:

→ Chicken getting cold fast! Especially near a place where there would be fresh wind (like the bay). Cold chicken tastes really bad.

→ Beans. Some people are more sensible to their, err, effects (ie. getting gassy). I might skip on beans for the sake of it.

→ Rice getting cold. Again, another food which is best served warm.

→ Tortillas getting cold. Not only are they harder to chew on, but they don’t taste the same.

→ Having to eat with my hands. Maybe in the US it is different, but where I am from Pollo Loco is usually eaten with our hands. I don’t know if I would risk getting all dirty during a wedding (then again, I am a messy eater).

→ Churros getting cold. Well, maybe some people like them, but I honestly hate cold churros. Don’t know if the El Pollo Loco people would have a way to keep them warm. 

→ Nachos…cheese. Cheese everywhere. I have had bad experiences with Nacho cheese, hehe.

 

Another option for cheap mexican appetizars could be: mini-flautas, guacamole, mini-quesadillas, and basically any fruit or peanut with chamoy or chile.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

People love el pollo loco so I don’t see an issue.  Save where you can.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been to many weddings and the food stood out at two places…one being an Old Chicago. No joke, food there was better than majority of traditional catered weddings I’ve been to, and I’m not even a chain restaurant person. It was a buffet of pizza, pasta, and salad, and 👍🏽

Point being – these places are popular for a reason, go for it

Post # 30
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Helper bee

I have never eaten El Pollo Loco, but I would be 100% fine attending a wedding with food catered from there. I have been to a casual wedding of a young couple without much money that did Boston Market catering (same thing, they delivered and set up a buffet) and the food was just fine. The reception was held at the same location as the ceremony in their church’s assembly room (and they had a kitchen available).

In fact the Boston Market was better food than a much “fancier” wedding we attended that same season that fiancé’s youngest brother had with a plated reception with open bar and champagne toast at a beachside NCO club. 

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