Cheap Eats: Kokoriko

MIAMI (CBS4) – There’s a fun, fast and fresh casual dining spot on Brickell that’s sure to have poultry lovers positively squawking in delight! Welcome to Kokoriko, Colombia’s widely successful restaurant chain specializing in all natural, antibiotic free rotisserie style chicken dishes.

Veteran restaurateur and chef Richard Sandoval partnered with Kokoriko’s original owners to open its first restaurant in the U.S.. here on Brickell.

“We thought it was a great place to try this new restaurant,” said Sandoval. “There’s a huge Latin community here and this restaurant goes with what’s happening in Miami.”

Chef Richard cooked up a Kokoriko special: arroz aon pollo. It’s veggies, chicken ,white rice, and crispy skin, along with a special tomato based sofrito sauce, garlic butter and a fried egg.

The finished product is plated in a traditional clay pot from Colombia called a Chamba.

The vibe of restaurant is rustic yet modern. It’s a cool and relaxed spot where diners can feel free to share family style or take out.

“What we tried is to bring the flavor of Latin America,” said Chef Richard. “We are using reclaimed woods; t’s hip. The menu is re-done. We are taking their traditional recipes and they are modernized by me.”

And for the Brickell area, it’s a bargain.

“Everything is under 12 bucks so it’s very approachable very affordable that’s what we’re trying to do here” said Sandoval.

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