Eat This Now: the grilled chicken at Poi-õ
Chef Carlos Mortera — he of the wonderful Mexican-Korean sandwich spot The Bite, in the City Market — has opened a new restaurant on the Westside, with his father, Carlos Mortera, Sr.
Poi-õ (1000 W. 25th Street) sells whole and half chickens grilled over wood fire, along with adobo-glazed ribs and a range of sides: kimchi fried rice, wood-fired carrots, and creamy elotes. While the ribs are pretty damn good, the chicken is at the heart of this small menu, and it’s exceptional — well worth driving across town for (and if you’re lucky enough to be in the neighborhood, picking up as often as possible). The birds are tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned, and served with warm tortillas, spicy pickled carrots, and a tangy cilantro chimichurri. And at $8.50 for a half chicken or $16 for a whole bird, this place is an absolute steal.
The Bite, 1000 W. 25th Street.