El Guanaco Taqueria & Pupuseria - Hidden Central American Food Gem

4.81/5 stars Review Philosophy

El Guanaco Taqueria & Pupuseria Takeaway. El Grand Guanaco Delivers With The Baleada Especial. Oh my god, was that delicious. Chorizo, steak, chicken, queso, eggs, avocado, and cream. I mean, come on. Where has this been all my life? And only $7.99?!?!!?!? The $3 pupusa was heavy on the bread, and the sauce detracted from the flavor. It wasn't a table favorite. Chips were a 4.8/10 for me, but free. Excellent red salsa > green salsa.

Total hole in the wall on Page Ave. Barely enough parking for lunch.

Friendly, fast service.

No frills. No filler. Just totally amazing food. Currently in my top five best restaurants in St. Louis.

Table Of Contents: Experience | Food | Atmosphere | Receipt

El Guanaco baleada especial


  • 10633 Page Ave, St. Louis, MO 63132
  • (314) 274-8022
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  • Yelp - 4.8 stars - 28 ratings
  • TripAdvisor - 3.0 stars - 1 ratings
  • Google Maps - 4.3 stars - 251 ratings


Monday10 AM–9 PM
Tuesday10 AM–9 PM
Wednesday10 AM–9 PM
Thursday10 AM–9 PM
Friday10 AM–9 PM
Saturday10 AM–9 PM
Sunday10 AM–9 PM


El Guanaco Taqueria & Pupuseria Experience Summary

We debated where to go as a group all week. My buddy ended up taking us to the promised land in the form of El Guanaco.

Billed as "salvadoreña, hondureña, y mexicana", I had no idea what to expect.

And after reading the near-completely Spanish menu and the non-existent reviews on Yelp, I still had no idea what to order. So, I went with a fallback that never fails. "I'll have what the guy next to us had."

And man, oh man, did he know how to order!

El Guanaco menu inside

I ended up with the surprise hit of the month for me, the baleada especial. Holy moly. Listen to these ingredients inside a flour tortilla:

That's basically one heck of a hondureña burrito.

Probably the best single Mexican (and Mexican adjacent) dish I've had in St. Louis.

El Guanaco menu outside

I liked the overall experience at El Burro Loco a bit better, but this was cheaper by a mile and tasted better. This dish is also better but significantly different than the torta down the road at Durango.

As a baby tongue disclaimer, I'm a relative novice when it comes to Central American food. I'm excited to be continuously surprised by these holes in the walls.

El Guanaco signage

The Food At El Guanaco

The food at El Guanaco over delivered from whatever I was expecting.

I literally had no idea what I would get besides a pupusa, and half the menu wasn't in English. So I did my trusty fallback - "I'll have whatever the guy next to me just had."

And, oh boy, did it work.

After eating a lot of decent, but not great food the last couple of months, the Baleada Especial was a breath of fresh air.

El Guanaco baleada especial full

I had no idea what it was when the waitress pointed to it on the menu, but it ended up being what I would call a Honduran burrito. The chorizo and steak starred among an outstanding ensemble of chicken, egg, avocado, and queso duro. They had a not quite spicy but perfectly seasoned taste.

When I cut it in half and saw over medium eggs, it was like seeing presents under the tree for a three-year-old.

The baleada was incredibly filling and could stand alone as a meal for $7.99.

El Guanaco baleada especial

After that amazing find, the pupusa ($3) came out and was a bit of a letdown. It tasted overly mealy with a dipping sauce that actively subtracted from the flavor experience. The side of pickled cabbage and vegetables saved it from total ruin. And my buddy would later tell me that he thought his cheese and chicken one tasted considerably better.

El Guanaco chicharron pupusa

Rounding out the meal were the chips. A 4.8 / 10 on the chip scale, they weren't quite as good as Tositos, in my opinion. They were a little too hard and thick without adding enough salt and texture to warrant their space. However, the red salsa was top, top-notch. I'd pour that stuff on anything.

The quality of the salsa made the chip experience a net positive, and the fact that they were free couldn't be beaten.

El Guanaco chips

Everyone around us ordered the Carne Asada Con Tajadas ($16.99). That looked absolutely amazing, and the menu image doesn't do it justice. It's a giant platter of all the local cuisine in one.

El Guanaco Taqueria & Pupuseria Atmosphere And Miscellaneous

The service at El Guanaco was super friendly. They got us the main dish very quickly as they were still over 50% full at 1 pm on a Friday afternoon. The pupusa took a while to come out after the

El Guanaco seating

The waitress's English wasn't great, but that didn't take away from her helping me order. She pointed out what the guy at the table next to me had and recommended the especial version.

You walk into the checkout counter, a pair of giant refrigerators of drinks that doubles as storage, and a wide-open eating area. There were over a dozen plain-topped tables and booths with a TV playing in Spanish in the background. No over-the-top decorations like at El Burro or Ladue Taco.

El Guanaco interior

As a point of reference, we were the only white people at lunch for the 1.5 hours we spent there. A great sign of the food's authenticity and that El Guanaco is still a hidden gem in the area.

El Guanaco front El Guanaco drinks

Parking At El Guanaco

Parking was a bit tight at 50% restaurant capacity. I got a text warning from my bud that I might need to park in the auto body shop next door, but I found a spot. They have a dedicated lot they share off of Page, and there might have been more street parking behind it if it came to it.

I wouldn't recommend actually parking in the auto body lot for fear of being towed.

El Guanaco parking

El Guanaco Taqueria & Pupuseria Receipt

El Guanaco receipt

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