El Amerikano

100 S. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832


  • Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$
El Amerikano is a Mexican restaurant in Fullerton. Puffy seats outline the entire perimeter of the open floor plan that’s as no-nonsense as Kentro’s. As with its parent restaurant, El Amerikano resembles a modern gastropub--but a generic one, offering no clues as to what kind of food it serves. If it decides to stop offering enchiladas, nachos and tacos, no one would blink. Besides, you can’t get a rice-and-bean-combo plate here anyway, nor could you wash it down with a margarita; the place only holds a beer and wine license. And of the four beers on tap, none are Mexican. You have to resort to the bottles if you want a Negra Modelo, a Victoria or a Corona Light. But you’re not here for the alcohol; you’re here for the food, which is sort of Mexican -- if you squint. There’s the enchiladas, for instance; they're very good ones, broiled till the deep adobe of the salsa roja draped atop them looks almost chocolate-like. They’re then sprinkled herbs, but filled with portobello and served as a side dish if you get the skirt steak entrée. The tacos here are also faultless if you approach them the same way you would Panda Express’ Orange Chicken -- delicious if given some leeway for “authenticity.” Chimichurri is used instead of salsa, and they are stuffed with more portobello mushrooms and a skirt steak the place is careful to not call carne asada. But when you ask for some hot sauce, they’ll offer you Tabasco; there’s no Tapatío.

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