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Izalco Restaurant

300 W. 5th St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 | Santa Ana | 714-973-0554

Location 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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  • Cuisine(s): Central American, South American
  • Hours: Daily 11am-9pm
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Garage, Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Free Wifi

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