Sunday, July 18, 2010

El Caracol

~Our 20th Anniversary of El Caracol~

           Hello dear followers. I’m Ryo, and this is my first blog post. I normally just take the pictures, but this post is a very special one. You see, 20 years ago, a year before my dear sister was born, our father was walking around downtown Vacaville when he came across a small hole-in-the-wall El Salvadorian restaurant named El Caracol. He ordered a burrito, and they made him the biggest burrito he had ever seen. He of course, being a man, ate the whole damn thing. When he trekked back home, he realized that the enormous burrito he had just devoured was actually the best pile of grub he had eaten. Needless to say, El Caracol was an instant hit. We grew up eating El Caracol on special occasions, and it became our favorite restaurant. Even when it moved from downtown Cowtown to the backstreets of Alamo, we kept eating there. 
            Usually when we were young, my sister and I ordered bean and cheese burritos because that was the only thing we liked (or cared to try). But, as we grew older, we tried other things, like sopes (a delicious El Salvadorian dish), enchiladas, chile rellenos, quesadillas, tostadas, flautas, garlic shrimp, spicy shrimp, and burritos with everything.
We were celebrating our dad’s birthday today, so we decided to eat at El Caracol. Today I ordered a large chicken burrito (large = the size of a football) and a shredded beef enchilada. Sydney got a chicken burrito with beans and rice on the side. They were both amazing. 
El Caracol is a family-owned restaurant that serves great food. The service is slow, but it's well worth the wait! If you're in the mood for a gigantic burrito or some delicious garlic shrimp, head over to 3081 Alamo Drive. Also, be prepared to bring home some leftovers!

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