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Our Story


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Our Story


Our Story

In 1987, Rafael and Constanza Lopez took over a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant located in the heart of the historic Lemon Grove area named Pollo Charro. The signature dish was marinated open-flame broiled chicken. Opened in 1987 by Rafael and Constanza Lopez, EPG El Pollo Grill is a family-owned restaurant and catering company located in Lemon Grove, CA.

Rafael and Constanza slowly started converting the menu to recipes that have been in the Lopez and Garcia families for generations. Within five years they renamed the restaurant EPG El Pollo Grill.

 In 2002, having outgrown our small location, EPG El Pollo Grill along with our Catering services moved to the revitalized downtown area of Lemon Grove to a location with a larger dining area, an expanded kitchen and parking. With this move came rave reviews from ABC Channel 10, San Diego Union-Tribune, KUSI news and San Diego anchorman Jack White.

 

With this new location, local businesses, small and large, began calling us to cater food for their events. Soon, word of mouth opened the opportunity for EPG El Pollo Grill catering to serve all of San Diego.

Thinking outside the “tortilla”, we expanded our catering menu to include other cuisines including Italian, BBQ, fresh fish of the day and breakfast. In addition to catering for our current customers, we currently deliver to businesses, small and large, including Toyota, Cox, IDEA Fitness, Honda, Coca-Cola, Astrazeneca, Mount Miguel High School, to name a few.

In 2016 we opened a much requested new location in Bonita, CA to best serve our south bay clientele. The Bonita location is run by a member of our family, using the same recipes our customers know and love.  

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The Kitchen


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The Kitchen


Mexican food you'll love

From our famous broiled chicken, to delicious tacos and salads, there's something for every member of the family.

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community


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community


 

EPG El Pollo Grill in the community

Giving back to the city we love that has given our family so much

 
 
 

Have us host your fundraiser

Raise money for school, sports teams organizations people in need, any worthy causes are welcome. Call us at (619) 726-4844.

 
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Feeding those in need

We all go through some tough times. If you know anyone that’s in need that could use a break. Nominate them on our Facebook Page, where we give out free meals to those in need.