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Get that warm, fuzzy feeling from this Decatur restaurant’s chicken dinner

The family-style pollo a la brasa from Las Brasas in Decatur includes a Peruvian-spiced rotisserie-cooked chicken (center) with a house salad and a hearty serving of fries.
The family-style pollo a la brasa from Las Brasas in Decatur includes a Peruvian-spiced rotisserie-cooked chicken (center) with a house salad and a hearty serving of fries.

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Dish of the Week: Family-style pollo a la brasa at Las Brasas

In the time of COVID-19, many restaurants are selling “family meals,” obviously banking on the idea that their dinners will conjure warm, fuzzy feelings. At Las Brasas in Decatur, the family-style chicken dinner does exactly that. But, just like many real family dinners, our order wasn’t perfect.

On the plus side, the family-style dinner is a steal. For $36, we got a whole pollo a la brasa, a Peruvian-spiced rotisserie-cooked chicken that put your local grocery store version to shame, both in size and flavor. It also included an eye-popping amount of fries that smelled way too good not to sample on the drive home, plus a lush side salad topped with avocado and creamy cucumber dressing. On the whole, it was a delicious and relatively nutritious (in spite of the fries) meal, for a reasonable price.

As for the problems, we actually ordered the family-style fried chicken (pollo frito), but, instead, they gave us the roasted chicken (pollo a la brasa). Both are offered with the same sides. Also, we ordered the leche de tigre, a ceviche dish with a seasonal white fish (right now, it’s flounder). However, that dish was completely missing from our order — an oversight we didn’t discover until we got home.

However, after stuffing ourselves with the roasted chicken, fries and salad, I’m not sure I could have looked at any ceviche, much less eaten it. And, the kind employees with whom I spoke the next day refunded my payment for the leche de tigre ($14).

Even though our experience wasn’t perfect, I still have warm and fuzzy feelings for Las Brasas, and I’ll definitely be ordering that fried chicken and ceviche the next time.

Las Brasas. 614 Church St., Decatur. 404-377-9121, lasbrasasdecatur.com.

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