This restaurant has closed at this location. We hope that they will reopen soon in another location. For updates check their facebook page.
1664 N. High Street (on Chittenden ave).
Hours – Tues -Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 11am-9pm
Peruvian Rotisserie chicken or pollo a la brasa has been popular on the East Coast for some time and Fito’s, a family run restaurant, has finally brought this dish to Columbus. The restaurant opened in January 2011 and is located right by the OSU campus.
As soon as you open the door the amazing smell of the grilled meat hits you. The rotisserie is a huge indoor charcoal barbecue that can grill a whole a flock of chickens at one time and was imported especially from Peru.
The chicken is marinaded and then grilled for 1.5-2 hours. You can order a whole, half, or quarter chicken (quarter chicken combo is pictured below). If you order a quarter you are asked if you prefer light or dark meat. The combo includes french fries, Peruvian yellow chili sauce (aji amarillo) and a choice of salads: house, Greek or Caesar. The house salad (a little over dressed for my taste) includes radish and avocado.
The chicken skin was incredibly crispy, salty and a little spicy. The flesh underneath (I chose white meat) was moist and tender. The aji amarillo is garlicky with a kick at the end. They’re still working out how much spicy heat to add.
We were early for lunch and the chicken wasn’t quite ready. While we waited we tried another Peruvian specialty Causa. You can choose between chicken, tuna or vegetable Causa. We opted for chicken. A Causa is two layers of cold mashed potato filled with a spiced chicken salad, avocado and hard boiled egg. It was also served with aji amarillo (yellow chili sauce).
At first eating cold mashed potato seems a little strange (especially because we weren’t expecting it), but it’s a good balance to the chili sauce and overall the dish is creamy and flavorful.
Other menu offerings include a chorizo sandwich, a chicharron sandwich (roasted pork with sweet poatoes) and dog fries (salchipapa) french fries with cut up hot dogs. The owners have plans to expand the menu and include items such as ceviche and seafood when they are more established.
Sounds and looks delicious!
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Thanks so much for the review! My hubby and Î lived on roasted chicken in Peru. And Salchipapa! I’m so excited to go try this place out.
I know the family personally. They’re great people and deserve great success! Looking forward to frequenting this establishment!
This place makes the best chicken in Columbus!
It is highly recommened. My wife and I were heading to this restaurant yesterday and I could smell the aroma of that “Pollo a la brasa” from a block away and it is only going to get stronger.
Great place as well as the people there!
This place is awesome! It’s close to my job so I plan on going back often. Not only was the food great but I felt very welcome by the owners. Excited for something other than gyros, pizza and fast food on campus!
Exellent Rotisserie chicken, I lived in NY for a while and tried it there for the first time in a couple places, but Fito’s chicken has this combination of spices that is nothing like I’ve tasted before and the spicy sauce that accompanies the chicken and french fries is superb!
If you’re visiting Columbus Fito’s is a must stop place to have a great lunch!
Thank you for finding this place for me! Tried it last night and I am now in love with the aji amarillo! I got a chicken to go and while it was quite tasty, I would have liked one straight from the oven as this one was cooked earlier in the evening and had to be re-heated.
My boyfriend and I just moved to the Worthington area, so your blog has been insanely helpful in finding interesting little places to grab an interesting bite to eat. Hope to see more updates soon!
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Is it true that Fito’s has closed? 😦 Will they reopen somewhere else?
We have heard that they are planning to reopen in another location but no further update. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fitos-Peruvian-Rotisserie-Chicken/165949850112561