1960 Concord Ave. Concord, CA 94520 | 925.687.5000 | website
M-Sat 11 am to 10 pm • Sun 11 am to 8 pm | delivery offered within a certain radius.
Everytime we drove by, we never saw anyone in the restaurant and over time had decided that this had to be some sort of money laundering front or something clandestine. (I exaggerate, we did see someone in there once or twice…) Now that I have officially been working out in Coco County for a whole year, we finally stopped to check out this restaurant. While waiting for the elevator and throwing out ideas for lunch, Victor said junky chicken (meaning the evil colonel) and I said woohoo, we’re going to Wild Chicken! And so we found ourselves on an unusual trajectory… that’s the thing about working with a bunch of guys, you throw down the gauntlet and next thing you know, you’re out there in unknown territories.
As usual, the restaurant was empty, although there was someone in line before us, so we had time to look over the menu. The counter where you place your order has something of a gilded taqueria/bulletproof glass teller window feel about it. The dining room is dominated by this exuberant mural of a crowing rooster along with other poultry related memorabilia.
This is the Combo #1 ($6.99), which is a 1/4 chicken (you can specify dark or light meat) offered with four different marinades: herb, pepper, wild (spicy), or Peruvian. It includes two sides, a large soda and bread. I asked for dark meat and loved the fat juicy leg/thigh piece that was infused with a delectable marinade of paprika and garlic. The meat was succulent and easy to eat with the plastic utensils provided.
I was very happy with my side dishes, one was garlicky mashed potatoes with a tasty chicken gravy and the other was spicy yellow rice. The bread was a dry flatbread that couldn’t compete with my two side dishes and was largely ignored.
This is Chris’s Combo #1, with gravy mashers and a green salad, which looked very fresh and included slices of apple. They have a variety of salad dressings you can choose from.
Russell also got Combo #1 ($6.99), but with potato salad. He liked it all right, in fact we all stopped talking for a time once our plates arrived at the table. Notice the civic pride in the background…
Victor was hungry and ordered Combo #2 ($8.99), which is a half chicken. He asked that the dark meat be cooked wild style which had orange juice, vinegar and was spicy enough for one who likes it spicy. He said next time he’d try to get dark meat and definitely preferred the wild and spicy marinade.
Dustin got the Wild Chicken Quesadilla w/large soda combination for $5.49. it was a huge pile of food, filled with chicken, jalapenos and mounds of cheese, served with a big scoop of sour cream and a container of smoky tomato salsa. He couldn’t finish it…
Apparently, you have to watch out for the wild chickens…
It was better than we expected, a pleasant surprise for around here. I also must point out that there was a steady stream of customers, many of them take-out, during the course of our meal. This dispels my original misconception that no one was ever in here, and the food itself was all fresh tasting as if prepared that day. At last, a new addition to the lunchtime rotation.