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Izalco - something we missed on the Allnightathon


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Izalco - something we missed on the Allnightathon

Shannon Clark | Dec 7, 2003 11:14 AM

So, last night I was in Andersonville heading back towards the city to meet up with my girlfriend after dinner... which meant I needed to find someplace to get a quick bite to eat...

I was on Clark, walking south and hit the intersection of Clark and Lawerence. During the Allnightathon we had tried the taquaria (and ice cream parlor) on the corner, to somewhat mixed results my taco al pastor was in fact quite good, but everything else was not and service was slow...

But I was tempted to give them another try, when I noticed that across Clark on Lawerence was a more interesting looking place, Izalco Resaurante which advertised "Salvadorean Cuisine".

Not ever having had Salvadorean Cuisine in a restaurant before, I decided to give it a try. It is a very large place, three full storefronts, the first having some lounge chairs as well as various small tables, clearly a place to hang out as much as a restaurant.

I looked over the menu, spoke with the very friendly women at the counter and decided to try two papusas, one of their tamala and their Horchata.

My verdict, extremely good, flavorful, fresh, and definitely worth many return visits. They have a buffet which I am sure is quite a deal, but the papusa's especially benefited from being freshly made.

Papusa, at least as I had it last night, are almost quesidilla like, but stuffed, I had two corn quesa n chicarron (pork) which were both very tasty, especially with the slaw that they serve to go with them which was tasty but with a nice little kick.

The tamale was very large and generous, and quite good.

The horchata was sweet and tasty and did not have any of the aftertaste or chemical flavor all too common.

Would have made a good stop on the Allnightathon!

As well, there is an African "root" restaurant on Clark just north of Lawerence which looks well worth a visit to try and explore.


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