7 Caliente Road, La Tienda retail complex,
466-2060 Breakfast 8-11 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,
dinner 5-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; breakfast & lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Beer & wine Takeout available Vegetarian options Credit cards, local checks Handicapped-accessible Noise level: very quiet to lively
The Short Order
The restaurant business along the U.S. 285 corridor is tough. Since 2006, the “anchor” space at the La Tienda shopping center in Eldorado has had revolving doors. The latest contender is La Plancha, a “casual Latin grill” that opened in July. Chef-owner Juan Carlos Pineda, a native of El Salvador, serves creative, appealing, well-prepared food — from pancakes,
burritos, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and grilled steak and fish to New Mexican requisites and Salvadoran specialties. Recommended: pambazo sandwich, smothered breakfast burrito, chicken mole, and salmon tacos.
Ratings range from 0 to 4 chiles. This reflects the reviewer’s experience with regard to food and drink, atmosphere, service, and value.