La Plan­cha

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

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.

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