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El Trebol Report

veebee | Mar 22, 200609:06 AM

Went last night. And I can say that nothing has changed in the 4 years since I’ve been there except that the skin of dusty grease on the walls is thicker and the woman owner seems to have drunk from the fountain of youth.

Same husband and wife, same décor, same everything except did they add the Peruvian dishes? I think there only used to be Nicaraguan & Mexican. Anyway, we stuck to the Nicaraguan.
We had:
1 pupusa with cheese
1 order of fried plantains, beans and crema
1 fried chicken with onions—comes with salad, beans, rice and tortillas
1 bean and egg soup
dos XX beers

Sorry rworange, no dragonfruit drink. They had horchata, a barley drink I’ve never heard of and tamarindo. We did not try them.

Pupusa--leaden and grainy. Not a good version, but edible

Fried plantains, beans and crema--as good as I’ve had anywhere

Chicken--a big plate of tasty food for $5. Can’t complain. The breast was a tiny bit dry.

Bean and egg soup-- interesting. Big fat tender beans in a thick broth. The broth wasn’t highly seasoned, but it tasted good and hearty and soulful. There were two whole eggs boiled in the soup. Nice idea, but I’d have liked them boiled a little less hard. Don’t know if they are always this way. You get a huge bowl for $3.50. Along with the tortillas and some of the chunky salsa they bring to the table-- a satisfying meal (or two). For cheap.

The same husband/wife team as always runs the show. He cooks everything from scratch to order in an impossibly small kitchen, half of which is devoted to the dish area. She waits tables and she’s very personable. It feels like someone’s living room. It does take awhile to get your food. There were 3 tables ahead of us and I think it took about 30 minutes, though I didn’t time it.

The room is a double-wide storefront with dark wood paneling and landscape paintings, giving it sort of a rumpus room charm and the ventilation system is not good so wear your Korean barbecue outfits.

Note of interest: There was a covered dish on the counter with two types of little homemade pies (chicken and pineapple) and also cheese turnovers. All versions came two to a zip lock bag for 1.75. I bought the cheese turnovers. They’re lightly sweet inside and sprinkled with sugar outside. The pastry is a little thick and a bit tough. Can’t tell what kind of cheese is inside. It’s dry, not like a cheese Danish. They’re ok. Maybe dipped in tea they’d be better. Wish I’d bought the chicken pie now.

El Trebol
3324 24th St @ Mission
Cash only
Open for lunch and Dinner
Closed Sunday

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