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Simply Delicious: Kiss Pollos

Maybe it’s a dish’s aroma, so strong it can only capture your imagination. A flawed built place by a man’s creativity, strength and passion. To make a better way not only for his family but everyone around him! Cooks and services pouring heart and soul into a restaurant menu. To make it stand about the rest or maybe it’s when you finish a dish, lean back in your chair, rub your belly and say “Simply Delicious.”

Kiss Pollos 306 W Yavapai St Phoenix, AZ 85003 IG @Kiss_pollos_es


  1. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 five star Yelp Award

  2. 2016 PHX News Times Top 5 dish

  3. 2018 PHX News Times Best pollo asado winner

  4. EAT24 top rated

Where did Kiss Pollos come from?

Came from mixing Los Angeles flavor with Sinaloa culture.

How did you come up with the name Kiss Pollos?

I’ve always been a picky eater, kiss means keep it simple stupid. All we do is chicken but we do it well.

At what age did you start cooking?

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been helping my mom mixing pots and creating seasonings and salsas.

What made you move to Arizona?

I sold a 2 unit property and due to cost of living I made a choice to move to Phx, invest my equity into Kiss Pollos.

What were your feelings like when Kiss Pollos was first recognized as an award winning restaurant?

I was humbled, honored, and proud. I truly believe our food is quality and consistent.

Has there been any item that doesn’t work for you?

Yes, we’re always being creative with our brand. Trying to make traditional dishes with only chicken. We filtered what didn’t work and kept the crowd pleasing.

What in your mind sets you apart from everyone else?

The fact that our formula is unique sets us apart. We make seasonings and salsas passionately, in-house which gives us a flavor like no other.”

Has covid-19 Affected Kiss Pollos?

Yes it has, it’s been educating us everyday. Having to close our doors for almost 2 months came with challenges. We’re all grateful how the community supported us once we reopened.

What measures is Kiss Pollos taking now?

Every employee must wear gloves and masks at all times, including customers with an exemption when they’re eating. We sanitize consistently and encourage all customers to wear gloves provided when using utensils.

Has there now or ever been a moment when you thought you weren’t going to make it?

Yes, almost 2 years after opening Kiss Pollos, I wasn’t seeing the return on investment and I couldn’t fund the restaurant for much longer. At the perfect time social media, Yelp and other avenues, played a big role in increasing our traffic flow and helping us to survive.

If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would that be?

I would tell my younger self to stop spending too much time with the wrong people, start to think like an entrepreneur and creator. I would encourage myself to find mentors in the field of business as well, and always have your money right.

What’s new for 2020?

Growth, in looking to franchise and expand with a partnership.

What is your lifetime goal or purpose?

I’m a Product of the community for the community. I will create a perpetual system to give back to those communities. We are in all while the communities in need.

Adam Maya aka “The HoMiE ToE” is one half of the Arizona music group “HoMe GrOwN”. Within the Arizona group, ToE is the manager, event planner, promoter, beat producer, etc. The co-host and co-founder of HoMe MaDe GeNiUs Podcast – a podcast that provides a networking platform for Arizona. He is a loving father and dedicates his life to his children. ToE also spends time volunteering at a youth sports organization called Rep it Sports, where he is a coach, event organizer, counselor, and mentor. ToE is cannabis friendly and believes in working hard, staying loyal and just loving living life. All smiles Arizona native.


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