El Pollo Picante was started by Cal Kepner in early 2020 as a "pop-up" restaurant at his Mexican taqueria. Shortly after launching the pop up, it began to gain traction and in the midst of the pandemic, the decision was made to temporarily close the taqueria and have the beloved spicy fried chicken take over the brick and mortar location. In the spring of 2021, the business hours were extended and shortly thereafter was recognized by Yelp amongst the "Top 50 fried chicken sandwiches in California". El Pollo Picante prides itself in serving fresh, top quality ingredients with large portions so our customers always leave full and satisfied! Thank you for the continued support from day one, and we look forward to serving the Bay Area for many years to come!
Our restaurant is available for private events: business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We cater events of all sizes and would love to discuss how we can be a part of your next event!
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