I was originally going to title this review "Machaca N Eggs, the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast (or lunch, or dinner)" because I think El Gringo has some of the best Machaca anywhere (and this is coming from someone who's sampled Machaca everywhere from the finest restuarants in Cuernavaca to the gulliest stands in LA, from the Taqueria's of Guadalajara, to the fishing camps of Baja, from the ... well, you get the picture). But I changed the title, because I didn't want the title to ignore what most people know, that El Gringo is a great Mexican restaurant with a lot of excellent items to choose from. While I rarely stray away from the Machaca, when I do, I'm always satisfied.
In addition to the Machaca, I'm a big fan of their Xcholti (pronounced "Soul-chee"), a soup with chicken, avacado, tomato and rice. But like I said, I think everything is good, right down to the fresh salsa.
As far as my title referencing El Gringo being the most fun Mexican Food in the South Bay, I'll probably get some commetns from propronents of Panchos and some other spots, and, while the Manhattan Beach branch isn't very fun (its located in a strip mall and I really only use it for take out), the Hermosa Beach branch is extremely fun. Kinda dingy/divy, but in an atmospheric way. I've spent many a Fourth of July on its roof top deck with a Pacifico and pitcher of Sangria. Good times.
The restaurants: They have a few locations, but i prefer the original in Hermosa Beach on 26th street or so. This was our 4th of July tradition for 8 years in a row. When i'm craving some chips and spicy salsa and a beer, El Gringo is my go to. It's low key and very casual, but the food is great. Machaca and Eggs is my favorite #13 on the menu. It's the best Machaca and Eggs I've ever had, and i've sampled quite … more
El Gringo is authentic Mexican food served in a home town environment. It was established in Hermosa Beach, California in 1986. Local restaurateur Bill Graw had a vision when he saw the Hermosa Beach landmark El Gringo for sale in 2001. Authentic Mexican food and good service, along with a home town environment is what people want, he thought. Since then, El Gringo Mexican Restaurant has become wildly popular with locals and visitors alike.