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Chicken Joe's

Chicken Joe's

Destination: Santa Teresa

Peruvian-spiced rotisserie chicken, local fish tacos, habanero-seasoned ceviche, and decadent homemade desserts — all crafted inside Chicken Joe's unassuming roadside shack. Peruvian Owner, Yada Cruz, and her U.S., private chef husband, Billy Crescenzo, joined forces in 2009 to bring Santa Teresa a taste of Peru with their own unique flare.

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Yada works her magic in the kitchen, taking great pride in her Peruvian ceviche, $11, seasoned with lime, habanero, cilantro, garlic, celery, red onion, red pepper; and crispy fish tacos, $8, corn tortillas, cabbage slaw, roasted tomato salsa and sour cream.

Signature rotisserie chicken, marinated in Yada's special garlic-ginger sauce, rotates under high-heat for two hours, and comes in three sizes: quarter, $7, half, $12, or whole, $30.  All chicken meals include two Latin-America-inspired sides: white rice, black beans, plantain chips, yucca fries, potato salad, corn tortillas, and cabbage or green salad with citrus-ginger vinaigrette.

Garden-grown habanero and aji amarillo (Peruvian yellow chili peppers) get smashed into Chicken Joe's hot sauce - bottled and sold for $4. They also blend their own chipotle ketchup, roasted garlic mayo, jalapeno barbeque, pineapple barbeque, and chimichurri.

The homemade desserts taste even better than they look; flourless chocolate torte, passion fruit cheesecake and banana cream pie, $4, with cookie crust, local bananas, vanilla pudding and whipped cream.


Some people approach the counter peering inside the tiny kitchen, others place orders from the small wooden tables in front; it's super casual either way.


Precision takes time, but pays off in the presentation.


Entrees $4-$12; Family meals $30-$40; Desserts $4


Noon – 9 p.m.; closed Tuesday

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