El Guanaco Taqueria y Antojitos restaurant in Oakland Park is still cranking out tasty tacos and pupusas and other Mexican and Salvadorian cuisine specialties after five years. If I was of Latin descent, I would absolutely consider this comfort food.
In a modest stand alone store in Oakland Park, there is no doubt that this is a Mom & Pop restaurant at its finest when you walk in. It’s a small place with some counter seating along with a good number of tables with white table cloths. It’s nicely decorated and has a welcoming feel especially with the warm greeting we received when we walked in. We grabbed a seat at one of the counter stools and looked over the menu.
They have single tacos and pupusas as well as full entrees. This was actually an impulse stop for us as we were driving by and we just wanted to see if the tacos were as good as we remembered. I ordered a chorizo taco, Jeff ordered the pork taco and we had to get a cheese and bean pupusa. Our server brought us over some homemade tortilla chips and salsa to munch in while we waited. Warm, fresh and not too greasy we ate them quickly. The salsa had a nice balance of heat to sweetness.
The kitchen always amazes me here. They made everything by hand and you can watch the whole show. The pupusas are really interesting to watch being made. They are a thick corn tortilla stiffed with some kind of filling. Ours had cheese and retried beans. They take the dough, make a ball and make a well for the stuffing. They close the stuffing in then flatten it out and grill it. You would never know the stuffing is in there most of the time until you cut it open.
Our food took about 10-15 minutes and looked great when she set it down. The tacos were stuffed and tooth meats were coasted with a spicy blend that we liked. Squeeze some lime on it and it was perfect. They held together too which I never seem to be able to do when I make them at home. The pupusa was the star here. It’s served with a light pickled cabbage that you put on top and add on the green chili sauce. How can something that looks so simple taste so good?
It was slightly crisp for the grill and the cheese was meaty and creamy which went perfectly with the beans. The cabbage and sauce gave it another layer of flavor that made it a completely different dish than if eaten plain. I probably liked the pupusa better than the tacos and I could have eaten a few more with ease.
They are so nice here and years ago they even have us some samples of a few items while we waited for our food. The service is still as warm and nice and the food quality hasn’t missed a beat either. We were glad to see that while many things change around Broward, El Guanaco Taqueria y Antojitos is still as good as ever.
El Guanaco restaurant is located at 331 NE 44th St Oakland Park FL.