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Santa Monica: Cha Cha Chicken

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The Skinny:  Cha Cha Chicken is a restaurant that was featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate…” for it’s Coconut Fried Chicken.  I didn’t know that at the time I was there and just ordered the Jerk Combo.  The plate comes with a Jerk Chicken Enchilada, Jerk Chicken Tostada, some Fried Plantains, and Dirty Rice with Red Beans.  I also got a cup of Agua de Watermelon and sat in the outdoor area, which is nice on a warm sunny day by the beach.

The Good:  Everything tasted fine and the ingredients all seemed fresh to order.   The Jerk part of the Chicken components had a sweetness that reminded me of Pineapples.  I did especially like the Dirty Rice for some reason and the cold Watermelon Water was refreshing and not overly sweet.

The Bad:  When I think of Jerk something, I think of spicy food that kicks your butt.  So I was expecting the Cha Cha Jerk sauce to have some heat, but the stuff was hardly mild.  I do think they use pineapple in the sauce and while it tasted fine, it was a little bit too sweet for me.  I just wanted a little more savory and some heat to balance things out.

Would you come back again?  Yup!  They do have a large menu and I want to try their other stuff.

More Info: Cha Cha Chicken – 1906 Ocean Avenue – Santa Monica, CA

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