El Pollo Loco offers carnitas-style, margin-friendlier specials

COSTA MESA Calif. El Pollo Loco, the 411-unit, flame-grilled-chicken chain, is using “carnitas”-style dark-meat chicken, which is typically less costly than white meat, in four new limited-time menu items.

The company, based here, said Thursday that the meat is seasoned and roasted to El Pollo Loco specifications by a supplier before being delivered to the chain's restaurants. The cubed meat product is then finished off in fryers in the restaurants to add a

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