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Izalco Restaurant

Map & Directions 300 W. 5th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted
  • Garage, Street


OC Weekly's Description

Izalco and its chef Fernando Vallardes’ pupusas are fat, cheesy, perfectly crispy, and even his curtido is memorable, spicier than the norm and arriving in large jars. This is a kid with chops: a simple sample plate comes out carefully placed like a bento box; a simple order of camarones a la diabla features a complex sauce equal parts spicy, cheesy, gritty, and smooth. He obviously has ambitions, and the talent to match it—he even has a pastry chef on his team, who whips up Salvadoran favorites like tres leches cake and a quesadilla (not the Mexican tortilla with cheese but a sort of cornbread mixed with cheese—toasty, earthy, wonderful).

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  • OC Weekly on 09/25/13

    Must try their Papusas! Probably the best papusas in Orange County plus all around delicious food!

  • Luis M. on 09/15/13

    Fernando, the staff member who "greets" you is very rude and makes more of an effort to make you feel unwelcomed. Never coming back. Ever.

  • Mr X. on 06/17/12

    Pupusas are Good, but the staff seem like they dont wanna be here.

  • Malcolm M. on 09/24/13

    Food was decent, service was okay

  • Philip D. on 09/20/13

    Good food, but service is very slow!! They drop off your food, and never come back!

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