A Quesadilla is Not a Quesadilla at El Guanaco
|A Salvadoran quesadilla isn't a tortilla filled with cheese; it's like a pancake.|
"Those are quesadillas. Basically rice flour, cheese, and a little fresh crema," Ardon told me. "In El Salvador, we eat this like Americans eat donuts."
These quesadillas were pretty different from what we typically expect when we hear the word. Instead of being tortillas stuffed with cheese, they're more like pancakes with cheese in the batter. Really, that's not such a strange concept. If you've ever had a ricotta pancake, you know how creamy and delicious they can be. This is sort of the same thing.
Ardon's quesadillas cost just $3, so I took one to go. At her suggestion, I ate half of it with coffee for breakfast this morning. I warmed the quesadilla in the oven first, then took a bite. It definitely tasted like a fluffy, well-griddled pancake -- there were crispy bits along the edges and everything. It was sweet, but you could taste the tanginess of the cheese and crema. Some sesame seeds on top added a nutty, smoky flavor that went great with coffee, just like Ardon suggested.
|Oakland Park made El Guanaco remove this mural.|
In the mean time, get over to El Guanaco and get your quesadilla on.
El Guanaco Taqueria y Antojitos
331 NE 44th St., Oakland Park