Cha Cha Chicken
1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405, PH: 310.581.1684
After last week, I can definitely advise you that the best days to have are the days when you have an accidental adventure, and end up at the beach. How did I accidently end up at the beach, you ask? Well, I received a ticket (in a car that has since stopped working 😦 ) that I needed to take care of, so I hoped on the bus, and headed to the courthouse. I’m not used to the public transportation systems in the Los Angeles area, I had no idea where I was going so I was irritated, annoyed, anxious, AND hungry, the entire way there! However, when I finally reached the stop I was advised to take, after an hour and a half trip, I hopped off the bus and immediately smelled the sweet aroma of…chicken.
I had a mini-pep-talk with myself in order to stay focused. I had traveled all that way to take care of my ticket…I could not be concerned with chicken. I walked down the street and took care of the ticket, which took all of five minutes, even though the bus ride out there took “FOR…EV…ER.” *in my Squints from Sandlot voice* 🙂
I headed back to the bus stop to head home, but the delicious smelling chicken invaded my sense of smell, and before I knew it, I was floating in the direction of the chicken. Low and behold, there it was…Cha Cha Chicken. I crossed the street to the restaurant, and just down the little hill from the restaurant was the beach. I thought, “I’m going to get some of this great smelling chicken, and then go walk on the beach!” That is exactly what I did.
Ambience: I was excited about this restaurant from the moment I laid eyes on it. Cha Cha Chicken’s beach cabana-like eating area, decorated with bright and vibrant colors, combined with the mix of salsa and Caribbean music thumping out calypso beats, made me want to shake my hips and dance from the moment I walked in; I knew this dining experience would be exactly what I needed. I walked up to the window, took a look at menu, and settled on the coconut-fried chicken, for $9.
Coconut-Fried Chicken– This delicious entree at Cha Cha’s is fried chicken, but instead of the fried chicken most of us are accustomed to, their crisp chicken is made with a coconut battered, and it is served with their sweet mango and jerk dipping sauces. Two tasty sides accompany their entrees (I chose the traditional dirty rice with black beans and plantains) as well as a small side salad, tossed in a slightly sweet and tart citrus dressing. This meal was the perfect medley of sweet and savory Caribbean flavors. It was definitely one of those meals where you eat it as slow as possible, taking the smallest, most delicate bites in an effort to “Make It Last Forever.” *in my Keith Sweat voice*
Overall: I loved everything about my meal at Cha Cha Chicken, and cannot wait to go back; especially to try their Jerk Chicken Enchiladas! Cha Cha Chicken is a great spot…the only thing that would enhance the overall experience is if the restaurant was actually on the beachside.
Ironically, there is a Cha Cha Chicken located in Northridge, close to where I used to live, and I never knew it. So whether you are in The Valley, or in the Los Angeles/Santa Monica area, Cha Cha Chicken is a place you must try.
After my meal, I walked down to the beach, and hung out for a bit, which granted me the extra relaxation and serenity needed for my long ride home. I even met the cutest couple on an afternoon date at the beach, and shot a few scenic pictures for them. On my way to the bus, I stopped back at the restaurant to get some of their agua fresca; their sandia (watermelon) drink was incredibly refreshing.
My accidental adventure to Cha Cha Chicken and the beach, made my entire week. When things seem to be a bit hectic in your life, or your feeling a bit irritated with life’s trials, forget roses, STOP AND SMELL THE CHICKEN…and take a walk on the beach; it will make your day. 😉