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Friday 24 April 2020

El Sazon K-Tracho #2 Restaurant Familiar


EDITOR'S NOTE: An updated version of this article (19 January 2024) is available as part of the Historical section of our Substack page. Check that out here:
The Honduran flags will be the things that pull you into this nondescript storefront, as the sign is fading and/or rusting and barely legible. If you could read it, the "K-Tracho" will be recognizable by those that have traveled through the Central American country or have friends here. This is a stylized way of saying catracho, the slang used for talking about someone from Honduras.

Inside, the five year old restaurant is much larger than it seems after a renovation last year combined the neighboring space into one large open dining room. The kitchen and other service areas are in the back, so many choices for seating are available right when you walk in.

Semitas katrachas

Like its smaller sister (which opened first about ten years ago) over on Figueroa just south of Exposition Park, the TVs here are quite often tuned to football and the place gets really fun when important international matches are taking place.

What you may not be ready for when you walk in is the fact that this may be the only restaurant that serves the food of of either Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador or Nicaragua that is not painted entirely or mostly in blue. Instead, a friendly shade of dark coral welcomes customers and lets the food exclusively speak the language of the country.

The baleada is of course the flagship culinary creation of Honduras, a fluffy flour tortilla toasted up nice and wrapped around various ingredients. The baleada sencilla ($2.25, above) contains the essentials you see in any of them: beans, cream, and crumbled cheese. The aroma of the comal still lingers on the tortilla, while the beans and cream are those with specific tastes from Honduras and bring back vivid memories of being there.

These beauties have an eating culture very similar to what tacos have in Mรฉxico, find them sold by vendors on the street, out of front windows in restaurants, or sit down for them at lunch and dinner. Sometimes people will fill them with meats and make a more hearty meal, but if you have any plans of eating other plates, just grab the "simple" version and sample the baleada in its purest form.

Plates of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners usually come with a a few fresh tortillas like the one used for the baleada, making any of them a really filling and hearty meal.

A road construction crew working nearby spent their break here ordering breakfasts and replenishing their energy with these massive plates and amazing tortillas.

On the menu, breakfasts do not really have separate names, but instead just list the components. This breakfast ($11.99, above and below) was centered around carne asada and eggs, but also (and possibly more importantly) included all the components that every respectable Honduran breakfast should.

Given the fact that you also get three tortillas, the plate fills up two normal people (or one construction worker) quite well. Usually the cut of meat included in a dish like this is a bit of an afterthought, but the carne asada here was tender and tasty. The breakfast did not contain one wink link.

1483 W. Adams Blvd.

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