El Comal serves Mexican, El Salvadorian and American dishes
Rosa, is one of the waitresses, and has been with them since El Comal first opened. Rosa always has a lovely smiling face to greet customers, too.
This is a smaller place, that originally was a sort of “Truck Stop” type place for many years. A few years ago the owner of the previous café had illness in her family, and she was also getting on in years. So she sold the business to the family who now runs it.
El Comal is located on Mission Trail about half a mile south of Malaga and the Albertson’s Market Shopping center.
Actually, the area with the lime green frame, is the kitchen. The darker green wall separates the dining room from an area that is for preparation of coffee, toast, etc.
All walls in El Comal are distinctly Latin in design, and very colorful. Both English as well as Spanish is spoken, and as you may well know, a good sign you are getting authentic Latin food, is how many people of Latin origin eat there.
Let me tell you, there are probably an equal number of both cultures who eat at El Comal now that everyone knows how good the food is.
As in most establishments that serve Latin food, El Comal has Menudo and/or Posole every Saturday, and Sunday. Yes, they also serve beer, both Mexican as well as the usual American varieties. They also serve “Aguas, ” popular fruit and flower drinks such as Jamiaca, and Orchata in addition to the usual soft drinks, coffee, and tea.
Pardon the striping across the sign to your right, as those are shadows from overhead power lines.
You will find a rather extensive menu, especially for this size place, but it is all fresh and delicious.
El Comal also serves seafood. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Just out of camera range is my order of fresh tortillas. You have a choice between flour or corn, all handmade here at El Comal.
You may notice that I have already sprinkled my meal with ground black pepper, as I am allergic to peppers, so have to improvise since I had to eliminate them from my diet.
For those who don’t eat chile peppers, or hot salsa, just ask for “Picadillo.” It is just the same, without the jalapeños. Personally, I like to add some lemon juice to my picadillo for a little zest, even when I could eat the hot version.
Lights were off here as I got these shots before other diners had arrived. You will notice more paintings and wall hangings depicting Latin lifestyles.
For any who are not familiar with what a Michilada is, it is a beer based mixed drink that also contains tomato juice, or Clamato. It is usually served with a sate rim like a Margarita, and with a wedge of lime or lemon.
Since this was my drink, I had ordered it without salt, and actually drank half of it before I remembered to take the photograph. I had already squeezed the lemon into my mug, and discarded the rest.