jose’s pollos / logan heights

On a very hot Sunday afternoon we headed over to Logan Heights to check out a “pollo al carbon” (grilled chicken) shop. I noticed it on Yelp and was interested in trying out some homemade grilled chicken.


One of the first things we noticed when pulling into the small lot was there was a lot going on for this one little corner. There was a car wash place to the right of the taco shop and a little fruiteria tucked into another spot (to the right of this wall you see above).

Exterior | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

And this was kind of a two-in-one restaurant. Jose’s Pollos were grilling it up outside while inside there was a taco shop serving the other kind of Mexican food you’re used to (tacos, burritos, toastadas, etc). 

Chicken and Ribs Menu | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

The menu for Jose’s Pollos is outside on the sidewalk. They offer chicken, ribs, and carne asada. Prices are different if you eat there or you can take it to go to save yourself a dollar. 

Counter Interior | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

When you go inside, there’s a sign that says “Pague Aqui Su Pollo” which means “Pay for your chicken here”. This is in the back, on the right side. To the left is the other taco shop we didn’t try. 

To Go Chicken Prices | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

There’s this list taped to the counter with to go prices for the chicken. It’s a tiny bit more if you stay to eat (I’m guessing they just add the taxes on).

There’s no English spoken here. Luckily Jake and I know enough to get by and we order a 1/2 marinated chicken (you can also opt for it “natural” style with no marinade) and a half rack of ribs. The ribs also have two different styles of sauce. One was “dulce” (or sweet) and I don’t remember what the other option was. I think it was a spicy version. We choose the sweet BBQ sauce. Both halves were $10 bucks each.

Outside Grill | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

After you pay, you bring your receipt outside and give it to one of the gentlemen here and they prepare your order.  

Bottles of Salsa | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

There were a few tables partially in the shade and there was a nice breeze going. The lady from inside brought out the sides and salsas for us. These are the two salsas they offer. I only tried the orange sauce which was pretty spicy but had a nice overall flavor.

Ribs and Grilled Onion | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

We were given our food in a styrofoam container with half of a grilled onion on top. These are the ribs.

Grilled Marinated Chicken | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

And here in the grilled, marinated chicken.

Half chicken and half ribs | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

I like that they separate it for you so the meats don’t touch. No sauce contamination! 

Rice and Beans | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

The rice and the beans. The rice was really flavorful – it was Spanish style rice but there was a little something else in it to give it an extra depth of flavor that we really enjoyed. I didn’t even try the beans, I dislike whole beans. The texture is too gross to me. Refried or nothing!

Corn Tortillas | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

Also included is a stack of corn tortillas.

Lunch | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

I assembled a little taco with grilled chicken and grilled onions with a little hot sauce and it was quite tasty. The grilled onion was nice and sweet. The dark meat of the chicken was very juicy and flavorful though the white breast meat was a little on the drier side. The marinade was good but I think I might rather just have it “al natural” in the future. Actually, what I would have really enjoyed the best would be the chicken with the sweet BBQ sauce from the pork ribs! I loved the sweet BBQ sauce so much but the ribs themselves were like these weird little chopped end pieces. It felt like we got BBQ “leftovers” instead of actual ribs. They tasted fine but the meat was too tough in some parts.

I also wished we could have had some cilantro on the side, but oh well. The grilled chicken was very good and I’d come back for that. I wonder if I can figure out how to ask in Spanish if I can get the sweet BBQ sauce with the chicken instead… hmm.

Whole chickens on the grill | Jose's Pollos - San Diego, CA

As we were leaving, Jake spied one of the cooks tending to a long, large grill near our parked car. He has the lid up and was adding new chickens to the grill. Jake politely asked in Spanish if I could take a photo and I snapped a quick shot. Those chickens were looking mighty tasty and smelled so good!

Be warned if you go on Sunday like we did you’ll get to listen to a musical showdown from the church across the street. They were really rockin’ it up over there! 

Jose’s Pollos | Yelp
2802 Ocean View Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92113
Cash Only

Jose's Pollos on Urbanspoon

Since it was crazy hot and we didn’t want to go home yet, we decided to get some ice cream to cool us down a little. We initially tried to go to a place off Market Street but the place was packed to the brim! We ended up going out to San Carlos to find a yogurt shop that didn’t seem to exist anymore and not wanting to strike out again, we ended up going to Rite Aid for some Thrifty Ice Cream.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream | Thirty Ice Cream

They didn’t have my preferred Thrifty ice cream flavor (chocolate malted crunch) and I opted for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. They have a pink ice cream with animal circus cookies in it which I tried but it tasted way too sweet, so I opted for this stand by flavor. 

Strawberry Cheesecake Thrifty Ice Cream

Jake got a scoop of Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream and I thought his flavor was the best. It was slightly tangy with bits of tasty strawberry in it.

Blueberry Cheesecake Sorbet

T got the Blueberry Cheesecake sorbet which I thought was a little too much on the icy side but it had a good flavor. It was a cheap way to cool down and enjoy a little treat during the dumb heat wave we had a couple of weeks ago.

Rite Aid | Multiple Locations
8694 Lake Murray Blvd
San Diego, CA 92119

12 thoughts on “jose’s pollos / logan heights

    1. Yessss. I agree, I hardly ever order chicken out unless it’s like fried chicken since fried chicken is annoying to make. I always figure I can make my own chicken but sometimes the shortcut way is preferred 🙂

  1. Did the price include the sides b/c those chicken prices seemed kinda steep! I dislike beans as well. Do you ever prefer flour tortilla? I agree that cilantro makes ANY dish better.

    I was just talking to someone about Thrifty’s the other day. You can TOTALLY tell how old someone is when they say ‘oh yeah it’s still about .60c/scoop at Thrifty’s’. I laughed and told him ‘no, it’s about $1.80 per scoop now’. And can I tell you how much I wanna high five ya right now b/c you prefer Chocolate Malted Crunch. I’ve never known anyone else that prefers that flavor except for me. High fye (Borat accent)…..

    1. Hi Faye – Yes, the price includes all the sides, salsas and tortillas. It’s a whole meal! I do like flour tortillas, they could have asked us corn or flour but I wasn’t paying attention. Once Jake started to speak to the lady in Spanish, she started talking faster and I couldn’t catch what she was saying, haha. Chocolate Malted Crunch HI-FIVE! I love the little crispy malty bits! I was so sad they didn’t have it that day. Thrifty’s is still cheap at least. I don’t remember what the price was for the scoops that day but it was about 1.80 or so a scoop.

  2. Holy macaroni, that looks yummy. This is right up my alley. Are the ribs pork baby backs or are they beef?

  3. I was trying to comment earlier when my computer crashed. Anyways, I love chocolate malted crunch too. That was totally one of the flavors I always got. I haven’t had Thrifty’s ice cream in so long. Maybe it’s time to go get some soon. I remember the good old days of hopping on my bike to go down the street for some good old Thrifty’s ice cream with my allowance or breaking open the piggy bank.

    1. Hi Miss Kim – I actually bought some Chocolate Malted Crunch this week and I had it last night, haha. It was pretty yummy. Tasted exactly the same! I hadn’t had their ice cream in years before this trip so it was fun to come back and have it again. They seem to have lots more flavors now.

  4. I am pretty old, haha. I remember when it was a QUARTER a scoop. We would splurge and get thee scoops sometimes. The cylindrical scoops were cool. And yes, our favorite flavor (me and my siblings) was the chocolate malted crunch. I haven’t had ice cream in Thrifty/CVS or whatever they call it now in Decades! I don’t like whole beans either. Or beans all that much in any shape or form.

    Maybe this might work next time you go:
    “Por favor, pueden darme la salsa dulce con mi pollo?”

    Omg, my Spanish skills are like a child, haha.

    1. Hi CC – I did always love the cylindrical and very even looking scoops at Thrifty’s, haha. Yes! More Chocolate Malted Crunch lovers! I feel like we should start a club or something. They have the ice cream at Rite Aid, not CVS.

      Hey, my Spanish skills are practically useless, as in, I barely have any skills left. I can understand what they’re saying most of the time, but sometimes they talk SO FAST!

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