I'm on a gradual quest to try every restaurant on 24th Street (at least between Mission and Potrero) and tonight I went to El Farolito for the first time. I started walking down 24th Street at 8:30 PM...Tonayense had one person in it, El Delfin was closing, other places were empty...but I got to El Farolito and there was a line of 6 people, and 28 people (I counted) were in the restaurant. Good sign I guess, though I think part of the attraction was the soccer game on TV.
I ordered a torta al pastor, a side of chips (which cost 50 cents), and a strawberry agua fresca. The strawberry juice was good and somewhat pulpy, good deal at 1 dollar. Chips were not very good, not a good deal since chips at other places are free and better. Salsas were all good but nothing special.
I waited more than 10 minutes for my torta due to the line, and when it came, it looked awesome. Really big, overflowing with pork. Tastewise though, it was only OK.
Pork (al pastor) was not very flavorful at all. The refried beans on the sandwich were bland too. On the plus side, the cheese was nice and melty and the bread was very good. But overall the sandwich just didn't taste like much. I ordered the sandwich w/ out chili sauce, so when I put some salsa verde on it, that helped. But not enough to really merit ever ordering a torta here again.
It's clear that people on this board (not to mention the crowd of people tonight) like El Farolito for something....maybe just for the big TV? If I go there again, should I try something else?