‘We just kept going’: Chicken Bodega opens new location in Belmont Shore

Just four days since opening a location in Long Beach, chef and owner of The Chicken Bodega, Rob White, is hard at work during a lunch rush. With a small staff of four, White pivots between taking orders, training employees, slathering sauce on lightly toasted ciabatta rolls and tending the grill.

The chicken strips are breaded by hand and double brined, the legs, fire grilled to perfection, the Bodega Chicken Sandwich, is a crispy, fried delight, with red cabbage coleslaw, garlic aioli and pickles layered on top. It’s all pretty simple and delicious.

The Chicken Bodega owner and chef, Rob White, stands inside his recently opened second location on Second Street in Belmont Shore. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris

In 2019, White opened his first location in Whittier with a former business partner he’d met on a flight home from New York. After eight years in the industry, White had been waiting for the opportunity to open up his own establishment.

Since his partner left the biz, White has worked on building out the menu even more and, quite recently, found another opportunity in Long Beach. Originally from Seal Beach, White has spent many an evening strolling Second Street with friends in search of good food and seized the opportunity to open a second The Chicken Bodega in Belmont Shore.

With constant customer traffic on a Tuesday afternoon, we’re guessing the locals are already digging the new spot, but don’t take our word for it, try it yourself (or watch the video).

The Chicken Bodega is located at 5327 E. Second St. For more info, visit thechickenbodega.com. The restaurant will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and reopen Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.