El Gallo Giro Brings Back its Awesome Agua de Plátano aka Banana Water

El Gallo Giro Brings Back its Awesome Agua de Plátano aka Banana Water

El Gallo Giro gets rightfully praised for their gargantuan tortas, their big tacos, their good made-in-store tortillas, massive panadería, and open-24-hours philosophy, but they get overlooked in the aguas fresca department. Not that the chain hides them: at their SanTana location, they have a full station serving as a bridge between the panadería and the bakery, with massive jugs of aguas frescas sweating with condensation, the actual drink frosty due to hosting a Bering Strait of ice cubes. Their horchata is fabulous, milky and redolent of cinnamon; the jamaica and tamarindo, great.

But where El Gallo Giro distinguishes itself from every other Mexican restaurant in la naranja is in the rare aguas frescas. A raspberry version is tarter than Clara Bow; a cactus drink sounds like a Mother's Market nightmare but is sweet and healthy; a agua de chia (made from chia seeds) has a surprising toastiness. But the most legendary of the chain's seasonal aguas frescas is agua de plátano, a drink made with sweetened milk, and honest-to-goodness chunks of banana sieved so that you get only the occasional strand.
, this is a column about food; yes, our Drink of the Week column is for beverages. But this agua de plátano is as hearty as a meal, almost as thick as a milkshake, but with a consistency closer to liquid than froth that makes it easy going down but filling once it's inside your panza. The flavor is unadulterated banana, all about a creamy, almost-Bananas Foster aftertaste. And since a small drink at El Gallo Giro is as large as a Big Gulp, you can drink this for lunch and stay satiated the rest of the day. Be warned, though: El Gallo Giro pulls its specialty aguas with little notice, just to keep you coming every day until it's gone--Mexican viral marketing.

Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook! And don't forget to download our free Best Of App here!

Use Current Location

Related Location

El Gallo Giro

1442 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704



Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >