The rest of the menu ranged from traditional Salvadoran breakfasts (scrambled eggs with chorizo, etc.) to seafood dishes. I sampled a lovely chile relleno, cloaked in the lightest veil of egg batter, and ate way too much of the carne asada, served with grilled scallions and a grilled jalapeño. Both entrees came with a simple salad of iceberg, tomato, and radish, but each was paired with different rice — buttery, veggie-studded white rice with the chile relleno, and a flavorful mix of rice with black beans for the steak.

To wash it all down, I was happy with two homemade aguas frescas. Cinnamon-tinged horchata had that distinctive flavor of ground morro seed. And I knew the tamarindo was fresh because the foreign object floating at the bottom at my glass soon revealed itself to be an actual tamarind pod. No wonder it was so tasty.

I think that's the secret of all these Salvadoran restaurants. From the pupusas to the pasteles, everything has the simple, undeniable goodness of homemade food.

Eliana's owner Jose Rosales serves Salvadoran specialties, including the tasty appetizer combo (foreground) with a pupusa, pastele, and tamale.
Jackie Mercandetti
Eliana's owner Jose Rosales serves Salvadoran specialties, including the tasty appetizer combo (foreground) with a pupusa, pastele, and tamale.

Location Info

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Eliana's

1627 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Category: Restaurant > Salvadoran

Region: East Phoenix

Guanaquito

1434 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Category: Restaurant > Salvadoran

Region: Central Phoenix

Restaurante Salvadoreno

303 E. Southern Ave., #113
Mesa, AZ 85210

Category: Restaurant > Salvadoran

Region: Mesa

Details

Eliana's
602-225-2925
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Guanaquito
602-257-9053
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Restaurante Salvadoreño #1
480-964-5577
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Eliana's
1627 North 24th Street
Guanaquito
1434 East McDowell Road
Restaurante Salvadoreño #1
303 East Southern Avenue, Mesa

The fact that you can feast on it for a song only makes it that much more appealing.

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Cheap flights to Quito
Cheap flights to Quito

For me, boviscopophobia (=the morbid fear of being seen as bovine) is an even stronger motive than semi-agoraphobia for staying on the ship when we're in port.

ApolonioCaceres
ApolonioCaceres

Eliana's has been the pioneer of Salvadorean Food in Phoenix, always managed by the owners and children, in a very oriented customer care.

Sum_Ergo_Edo
Sum_Ergo_Edo

Eliana's is always high on our list. Outstanding food & service. We haven't tried the other two places, but the day may not be far off...

David SB
David SB

Nice write-up of the local pupusa options. I can't get enough of them. Now, if only we had more local options for arepas, pupusas' cousins from Venezuela and Colombia.

 
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