El Gavilan
A friendly Salvadoran cantina with generous portions and strong margaritas.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 12, 2006
El Gavilan
Address: 8805 Flower Ave., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20901
Phone: 301-587-4197
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Salvadoran
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 10:45, Friday and Saturday 11 to midnight, and Sunday 11 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tacos al carbon; taquitos; fried yucca with chicharron; chicken tacos; beef fajitas; pork tamales; cheese pupusas; quesadillas; shrimp soup; tripe soup; pork ribs; guacamole.

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

Whether it's tacos al carbon or a pungent bowl of tripe soup that you crave, this Salvadoran cantina will take care of you. Color-splashed walls and vivid paintings dress up this intimate space; Central American bands play on the tiny stage on weekends. Familiar Tex-Mex fare includes first-rate deep-fried taquitos, soft or crispy chicken tacos, and beef fajitas.

The best of the Salvadoran offerings are custardy steamed tamales filled with pork, pupusas spilling cheese, and soups like the tripe and the even headier shrimp with bits of hard-cooked egg bobbing in the briny broth. Quesadillas and pork ribs have their fans, too. Order a round of fresh guacamole--it's much better than the dabs that show up on the combo platters.
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