El Gallo Pinto

5559 N. Azusa Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702


  • Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
El Gallo Pinto may not seem like much, but some Nicaraguans drive 100 miles on weekends for the tripe stew mondongo, the plain beef-and-tuber casserole called baho, or the Indio Viejo, a mild yet undeniably exotic stew of the sort you might use to fortify yourself on a cool mountain night. And everybody eats the gallo pinto, Nicaraguan rice and beans served in big mounds shaped like family-size cans of tuna, slightly oily, seasoned simply, with an intense, chocolate-like flavor from the sautáed beans. “This food is not fancy,” says owner Jose “Chepe” Cabrales, “but we Nicaraguans feel it in our bones.”

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