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Viva El Guaton

Canchito (J. DiStefano) | Jul 28, 2002 11:55 AM

I'd read about this Chilean bakery/cafe/pizzeria (68-14 Roosevelt Ave.) on this board before and after passing it last weekend gave it a try yesterday. As best as I can tell El Guaton is a term of endearment for someone overweight. A picture of a pudgy chef sporting a toque and neck scarf adorns the takeout menu at this hole in the wall where a sign reads "Come in, try our delicious hot sandwiches." I'm quite certain that if I ate this food every day, I'd become a guaton!

I decided to go with the Churasco "Che Millico," a hearty sandwich of beef, fried eggs and fried onions on homemade pan amasado, a frightfuly good -- and filling -- deal at $5. Be sure to ask for the chimichurri-like hot sauce. I washed this feast down with a Chilean soda called Pap in a bright orange and yellow can. Hardly worth $1.50 for a "champagne" cola but when in Chile....

The menu includes a full complement of empanadas (beef, chicken and cheese) at $3. It also features the "completo" ($2.75) a Chilean hot dog, dressed with sauerkraut,tomatos,avocado and mayo and served in a bright yellow wooden brace. I'll have to get back for one of them someday soon.

Eat on,
Canchito

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