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Nov 12, 2013 02:28 PM

El Cerrito: Oralia's Kitchen

I noticed a "Grand Opening" sign on this place on my way to Home Depot today, so I stopped in: they've been open since September. I tried papusas: one pork/cheese and one loroco/cheese. Both were great, and the curtido was nice and sour with a bit of bite. I also tried the coconut agua fresca: delicious, and a great deal at $2.50 for a large cup.

It's super bright and cheerful inside, and service was very friendly. I also appreciate the fact that the plates, cups, and salsa containers are all compostable.

The menu includes tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, tortas, and plates, as well as fried chicken (?). Next time I might try the fried chicken burrito, which sounds delicious and totally not good for me (maybe this is a burrito to split with a friend). I'm also curious about the Burrito Guanaco, which has fried plantains, black beans, cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Current hours are 8 am-8 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Oralia's Kitchen
11775 San Pablo Ave (former home of Happy Donuts)
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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  1. That's funny, was just looking at the menu for New Spot in the City and it lists a burrito Guanaco too including all of that plus eggs. So this made me look it up . . . Guanaco is slang for someone from El Salvador, so I guess it means a Salvadoran style burrito.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Good to know! It's also a cute animal, related to Llamas.

      The egg addition sounds good, I wonder if they'd put one in if you ask.

      1. re: Mola

        Gracias, I missed that completely! Since they're prized for their coat with no mention of edibility, I guess we won't be finding any guanaco meat in our burritos. :)

    2. Closed.

      It's going to be an L&L. Thank God. We don't have nearly enough.

      Too bad. They were nice people, and I liked their pupusas.

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      1. re: UglyPlate

        Moved to new location:

        Oralias Kitchen

        12889 San Pablo Ave
        Richmond, CA 94805

        I have always found Salvadorian food very bland compared to Mexican.... how was Oralias Kitchen?