Truth be told, you can't technically eat lunch atEliana's Authentic Salvadoran Cuisine
for under $10. Not if you order an entree. But we know from experience that the entrees at Eliana's are enough for lunchand
We figured we'd be fine with the appetizer menu -- and we were more than right.
Just a notch above "hole in the wall," Eliana's is spacious and clean, if a little spare, with tchotchkes on the walls and hot sauce on the tables.
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We tried two of the tamales, described as Salvadorean-style chicken tamales with vegetables, and a side of rice. The meal was also accompanied, gratis, by a nice-sized portion of spicy cabbage salad.
The rice and cabbage were a little too salty, but the tamales were super -- moister than any tamale we've ever tried, with big hunks of chicken, carrots and potatoes. (Warning: We did find a bone.)
Along with a 16 ounce bottle of icy cold Diet Coke, the bill came to $7.83, not including tip.
Not bad, though we were left with a craving for dinner -- the $8.95 pollo encebollado (chicken & onions) beckons.