Yes I tried two....one chicharron and the other bean and cheese. They were ok. Overall nothing really blew me away here but then again, at 11 dollars for a meal it isn't breaking the bank. It was interesting to see some of the differences vs the Mexican cuisine in Red Bank.
The chicken I had, "pollo a la brazza," was two quarters (leg/thigh) and a whole sausage link sliced lengthwise. The chicken had some nice grill marks and had some pretty tasty seasoning. They got this chicken cooked right....good crisp skin but not dried out. Overall I find the salvadoran food to be milder than some of the hopped up Mexican food, which I love. This seasoning wasn't spicy but had a good salt profile. I like my meat with some salt. The rice "pile" was tasty and quite large. I liked my beans too.... a lot. This is a pretty hearty meal and I didn't even finish it.
I wish they had a few more hot sauces and/or salsas. They have a spanish sauce and tobasco on the table.
Overall I had fun. The atmosphere is super laid back and quiet. There were about 5 Latino families eating.
I want to try the beef stew, whole fried fish and maybe Carne asada. I had a bite of the powder sugar dusted plantain empanadas and although I was stuffed, this bite was pretty good ....and I am not a dessert guy.
To be honest, I'd say the 7.50 linos half hickory bird platter would take this dish out but I'm giving the rice and beans (served separately on my dish) to fredy. Lino's gets the chicken award. On the chicken topic, for 13 bucks local smoke takes the cake for the tastiest bird around, dollar for dollar. 13 for a half with two sides is a decent deal. I've yet to try the surf BBQ bird. I hear it is great but 14 for a half bird with no sides is getting kind of steep. Call me cheap but I'll spend huge bucks on great food, it just needs to be worth it.
In a nut shell, I will be back to try a few more things. I'm hoping to find one awesome dish. I tend to find one meal and keep going back for more.
I don't mind blowing 11 bucks on a meal. It's when I waste 60 bucks on a shitty steak, that is when I get disgruntled. And yes, I did see your post Jr. I hope you can report back on the steak for me
A pic from fredy jeremy's