El Porton Colombiano Restaurant

8863 Adams Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
El Porton Colombiano Restaurant

The Mexican


  • Open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • $$
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
El Portón Colombiano is a Colombian restaurant in Huntington Beach. The owners know the uphill battle to get customers in, so the menu is mostly a collection of tapas (Colombian appetizers made small and cheap for sharing) and arepas, those thick discs of masa that Colombians eat as though they were sopes. Dishes skip across Colombia, from savory green plantains to blood sausage to empanadas and more—all delicious. Almost everything comes with a side of hogao, a sauce that’s essentially onions sautéed into a jam—umami at its finest. Only a couple of main courses are currently on the menu: bandeja paisa (the combo plate of Colombia, chockablock with chorizo, chicharrones, yucca, more meat and still more meat), sancocho, and the glories of the cazuelita paisa, bean stew spiked with chicharrones and chorizo.

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  • El Portón Colombiano Has Paisa Power
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

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