I have not been this excited about a restaurant since Campfire opened. I highly (stress highly) you check this restaurant out.
El Chapin is a Guatemalan restaurant located at 3753 Mission Ave. in Oceanside. If you are driving east on Mission it is on the right in the last little strip mall before El Camino Real.
It is run by Fiances Dinora and Gabriel. The couple had a restaurant in Escondido for three years before moving to this location due to landlord troubles. While I wish they did not have to deal with that, I am so glad they chose Oceanside to be the home of their new location.
The interior is simple and clean with the blue walls mimicking the colors of the Guatemalan flag.
The menu is in Spanish (the official language of Guatemala) but Gabriel, who runs the front of the house will gladly go over dishes with you. If you have never had Guatemalan food it is similar to other Latin American cuisines. Dishes usually contain a starch, rice or potatoes depending on the country, vegetables, and beef, chicken, and seafood usually served with a sauce or in stews and soups.
Brocheta Mixita ~ Beef, chicken, and shrimp in red sauce served with sides of macaroni salad, rice, and fresh made to order tortillas.
This was delicious, all three proteins were cooked to perfection and full of flavor. The tortillas were some of the best I have had.
I want to go back and try their hen stew ( Gallo en chicha) made with fresh free-range chicken. This is one of the most popular dishes among their Guatemalan customers. They are in the process of attaining their liquor license and plan on carrying an array of South American beers.
Because everything is cooked to order and they can get busy do not expect a 5 min turn around (this is not a taco shop and they are not making carne asada burritos). Gabriel recommended calling ahead for take out or calling ahead and letting them know how big your party will be and if you know what you want they can start your order so your wait is shorter. This mainly for peak hours during lunch and dinner.
Gabriel is also a Chef and cooks Puerto Rican cuisine, his plan is to get this location up and running to a point where he can open a Puerto Rican restaurant along the coast in Oceanside. Another reason to check them out and support them, I really want a Puerto Rican restaurant in Oceanside.
3753 Mission Ave. Suite 121-A, Oceanside
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