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El Amerikano Celebrates Classic American Dishes With Latin Flair

We dined as a guest of El Amerikano

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Last Tuesday evening Chef Konstantine Marougas hosted an event sharing several new dishes at El Amerikano with several local food bloggers and writers. Located next to sister restaurant, Kentro Greek Kitchen in the popular dining and bar area of Downtown Fullerton, El Amerikano, celebrates classic American dishes with a rustic Latin flair. Owner Visili Kotsiovos offers, “The menu is influenced by California’s vibrant and diversified Latin landscape – a blending of cultures and flavors, on a plate.”

We were invited to sample a cross section of items from the menu, and the common thread running through each is the use of a variety of ingredients, many of them house-made, melded to create texture, interesting flavors and eye-catching dishes.

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Chef Konstantine, a graduate of L.A.’s Art Institute, shares “I’m passionate about creating dishes that give guests sensations of both comfort and excitement. This duality can be seen in my new dishes, which tend to deliver a sense of contentment, but also evoke the pleasure and enjoyment.”

Among the dishes we tried:

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Cucumber Cevice. This salad offers a light refreshing start to your meal with cucumber, avocado, almonds, tomato, shallots, and goat cheese as well as roasted corn lending a smoky rustic note.

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Warm Mushroom Salad. This salad is a visual and textural delight with shredded cabbage, eggplant, goat cheese, pepitas, sweet peppers, chili pepper, onion, and garlic.

IMG_2465Mole Eggplant. Though I’m not personally a fan of the texture of eggplant, the deep flavor in this dish more than compensates. Accented with two dried chiles and guajillo, cotija cheese, and chives along with shredded crispy corn tortillas. This is another dish with contrasting texture.

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Brussels Sprouts. Easily one of my two favorites this evening, this flavor explosion features chorizo with almonds, cotija cheese, and jalepeno sprinkled in. Crema fresca rounds out the pronounced spicy and savory flavors.

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Al Pastor Chop. This pork chop, stars Chef Konstantine’s house-made al pastor glaze and a bed of spicy farro salad with corn, and a house-made jalapeno vinaigrette with poblano chilies and sweet peppers.

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And the final dish, Chef Konstantine’s signature Asada Brava char grilled rib eye featuring his own house-made Latin rub. Perfectly grilled, this tender, juicy, smoky rib-eye is served with creamed corn with poblano, nuts, cumin, oregano, and cheese.

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The atmosphere in the moderately priced El Amerikano is casual and inviting and includes an outdoor patio area strung with lights. Wines by the glass, carafe and bottle are served along with a selection of bottled and draft beers.

El Amerikano is located at 100 South Harbor Blvd in Downtown Fullerton near the train station and is open daily 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen.

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