El Guanaco a Ft. Lauderdale restaurant review   Leave a comment

El Guanaco Collage

I have never, that I know of, had Salvadoran food so when I saw a groupon for this restaurant I decided to give it a try.

The servers were busy and without hesitation the busboy sat us, gave us menus, took our drink order and brought them. We were served chips and salsa at which time the server came over.

If I had been in the mood for Mexican I would have tried one of their fajitas as I usually judge a Mexican restaurant by that dish and Allen ordered the Seafood Fajita ($15) and it did look good. Glancing over the menu I decided to ask the server, Carmen, for a suggestion  for a guy who wasn’t familiar with Salvadoran food  and she said the Salvadoran Combo appetizer ($14) which I did order and with a choice of steak, pork or chicken chunks, I chose the chicken. The plate consisted of 2 Chicken tacos, Pupusa which I had never heard of, fried Yuca (as spelled on the take out menu) with pickled cabbage, Salvadoran cream and cheese, red sauce and salsa verde.

I can only judge a restaurant by what I am served and it really hurts me to say the only good thing on the plate was the Chicken tacos. The chunks, Pupusa and Yuca was over-fried and beyond crispy and the salsa, red sauce and Salvadoran cream added nothing to the rest. The pickled cabbage was interesting in that it seemed to be between a slaw made with vinegar and sauerkraut.

Allen had the coconut flan for dessert ($3.50), which he said was one of the best he ever had, along with an iced tea (($2.50) while I had (a strong) American coffee ($1.50)

The restaurant looks like a mom and pop operation with 4 booths and about 5 tables plus a counter with about 5 seats with the tables having all black or white tablecloths. There were 6 people working and they were working constantly! And too small a place for two televisions!

Our check came to $38.69 before the groupon’s $20 discount which brought it down to $18.69. 

They do have what looks and reads a good children’s menu.


I don’t know if this will make sense to you but I was disappointed in being disappointed at El Guanaco.


Posted June 26, 2017 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, Uncategorized

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