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Monday, March 26, 2007

El Rincon Chilango - Review #1

El Rincon Chilango
1133 W 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 836-5096

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Here is our first guest review by longtime reader Alex (aka "kare_raisu"):

El Rincon Chilango has to be the most colorful restaurant I have ever seen. You cannot miss it driving down 17th St. Stripes and every color in the rainbow.

But what stopped me dead in my tracks was a sign advertising "Tlacoyos." This has been the first time I have ever seen these on a menu. I had first read about them in A Kennedy book - I forget which. Apparently it is a specialty of Mexico City and considered an Antojito Chilango.

It is a long oval shaped masa snack that is cooked with a filling inside and a salsa is poured over with some salty cheese and cilantro and minced onion.

I had never had flor de calabaza or squash blossom before (next time Im trying the haba) so I ordered that.

There is an indoor seating area on one half side of the restaurant with table service. Every table was filled with families eating together on Sunday - eyes affixed to TV Azteca playing up above.

After a bit of a wait, sipping on my horchata, the plate arrived. It's a pretty unique dish. The masa was made from Maseca but it was crisp and warm. The salsa verde was one of the best I have had - extremely bright and flavorful, interspersed with salty queso fresco. The flor was likely from a can - just ok.

This may be one of the only Mexico City style restaurants in the area and has some unique dishes I plan to work my way through, esp. tacos de canasta and the borrego the guy next to me had.

El Rincon Chilango -

El Rincon Chilango - Menu

El Rincon Chilango - Tlacoyos

Thanks for the review, Alex.

UPDATE (June 8, 2010): Here's pictures of when I went myself a couple days ago:







Anonymous said...

el rincon chilango is one of the best retaurants i have ever been to. im from mexico city, and its delicious food reminds me of the one that i used to eat in my lovely country. es la mejor comida de california!!!

Anonymous said...

Service is really bad! Sit there for at least 20 min before somebody come say " will take your order soon" no greeting. Two diners only at te time. Menu have several authentic Mexican recepies like no other place.. But a hungry family. Is just not good

ChristianZ said...

I remember the service being a little slow too but maybe not as bas as you had it.

David said...

Service is great! What takes long is the order. Everything is prepared after the order is placed. Their menu products do not sit waiting for someone to show-up. Freshly prepared is always better. If it is crowded, you may wait a long time even for the simplest order. I have experienced the wait many times. The staff also prepares orders place by phone and fax. Thus, depending when you show up determines your wait.

ChristianZ said...

Always good to hear different angles.

Anonymous said...

Yo llame y ni me hicieron mi comida esta malo este restauranth no sirve