El Tamarindo Coal Fired Pizza (Hallandale)
El Tamarindo Coal Fired Pizza recently opened in Hallandale near the dog track. This is a weird combo, Salvadoran food and coal fired pizza. It should be noted that they are related to El Tamarindo on state road 84 in Ft. Lauderdale (never been there)
I've heard of pupusas but that is the extent of my familiarity with Salvadoran food. Regardless, it was the coal fired pizza that was calling my name. I went with their specialty pie which was broccoli rabe and sausage. I thought it was on the border of good to very good. Very similar to Anthony's but not burnt (which some may prefer). The broccoli rabe was very good and so was the sausage. The cheese, sauce and dough were also very good. My main gripe is that the pizza was overloaded with the toppings. I know that may be a positive to most people but I enjoy tasting the cheese and sauce and I felt that both were overpowered. That being said, it was still very enjoyable and I'm looking forward to going back and trying some other combinations.
They also serve coal fired chicken wings which were almost indentical to Anthony's. (topped with grilled onions) That is a good thing since they are a favorite of mine. Only difference is that the wings were much smaller. Tasted great though.
Of course, I had to try something Salvadoran and went with a corn tamale with cream (light and on side). This was great. Really wish I tried some other items but will be back. I did not see pupusas on the menu but they do serve baleadas, tamales, tacos, churracso (looked great), fried whole seabass and red snapper and other steak and seafood items.
This place appears to be a winner and I'm looking forward to heading back soon and trying some of the Salvadoran dishes.
I've been back a couple more times and it appears that they changed the pizza. The most recent one had a thinner crust than the first one I tried. Not sure if they made a change or if the broccoli rabe pizza is different. I went with mushroom this time and it was a little too salty and didn't have enough sauce. Still good but not great.
I also tried their carne asada which was very good as was a baleada, a tortilla filled with steak, refried beans and a small amount of sour cream. Enjoyed another corn tamale too. I neglected to mention in prior posts that this is a small, casual spot with very reasonable prices and are open for lunch and dinner.
Stopped by here last week after reading review here. Everything we sampled was terrific and the prices are very good. We shared pizza, which was thin, crisp and tasty, as well as several entrees including the chicken and steak taco salads. I will simply just say if you are in the area and looking for a great meal, try this place, I guarantee you will be glad you did.