El Chinaco

560 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Critics' Pick


  • Sun, Sat 9am-9:30pm, Mon-Fri 11am-9pm
  • $
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
El Chinaco is a Salvadoran restaurant in Costa Mesa. Owner Mirna Burciaga made a name for herself by publicly opposing Costa Mesa mayor Allan Mansoor's efforts to turn his city's police department into a mini-migra and selling one-dollar Minutemen tacos. But she's more comfortable patting out great pupusas, which distance themselves from the competition by their size-almost the width of an outstretched palm and as thick as an iPod, each centimeter composed of sweet crisped masa, salty cheese and the stuffing of your choice (squash and shredded pork are the most popular).

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