Restaurants & Bars 3

Guanaquito (PHX)

ipsedixit | Apr 29, 200802:29 PM

I think I might have just found my favorite hole-in-the-wall joint in Phoenix ... Guanaquito.

Guanaquito is a Salvadorian place -- which means if you go you'll get treated to papusas, tortas, and all things yuca, including terrific yuca fries.

I've been to Guanaquito two times in the last 4 days -- once for lunch and another time for dinner. Both have been excellent.

Our most recent visit was for lunch (be warned, we had to fight the crowds to get a seat). We tried a bevy of papusas. A straight pork, a bean and cheese, and a cheese and loroco papusa. The loroco papusa might have been the star of the meal, the loroco's bitter pungent flavor really worked well with the richness of the cheese. Sort of reminded me of eating a goat cheese and tomato sandwich. We also shared a plate of yuca frita, which was served hot and crisp. These definitely weren't left sitting under a heat lamp like some places do it -- these came straight from the frying pan and were fabulous. We ate these the "gringo" way ... with Heinz ketchup!

We topped off our meal with the Banana Burrito -- basically a deep-fried tortilla wrapped banana garnished with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream. For the price ($3.50), I think it might be better than the goat's milk churros at Barrior Cafe down the street.

It's a small place (with limited parking in the back), and during lunch it can get crowded -- it has only about 10 tables -- so expect a bit of a wait.

I've got to get there for breakfast sometime ... I spied a fried plaintain dish on the breakfast menu, as well as some interesting egg dishes with Salvadorean sausage.

(Word to the wise ... get there on the weekend and you can get some cow feet soup! Beats the legs off of a big bowl of menudo any day.)

1434 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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