Monday, June 20, 2005

El Gallo Giro's Tortilla Chips - Santa Ana

This isn't a sissy's chip.

Made from unsold corn tortillas that El Gallo Giro's sweaty staff makes from scratch, these chips are deep fried in a big vat of hot grease, salted, and bagged before selling.

You can tell immediately: these aren't good for you.

The small beads of oil clinging on the inside of the bag should be your first clue of this fact. But then there's the actual written warning that these buggers are also perishable. It says right on the bag, "Refrigerate after opening". You should read this as "This chip was fried in grease and is still dripping in it."

Well, at least you aren't putting any unnecessary preservatives into your body, just fat and good ol' cholesterol.

And think of it, for only $1.69, you will make your doctor gainfully employed for some time to come.

At first, I was afraid of the chip. Taking the first one out of the bag, I wasn't ready for how greasy it was. It looked like it had suntan lotion on it! Seriously, all it needed was a pair of speedos and a cheap pair of sunglasses, and it'll be ready to go lounge by the swimming pool and ogle the girls. It was that kind of chip.

Then there was the thickness. It's dense and rigid, not unlike a slab of ceramic tile. When I finally took a bite, that's when the jarring force of the chip hit me. The crunch reverberated through my teeth and amplified in my skull. Inside my head, it sounded like a mack truck was running over a pile of wooden palettes.

Foley artists, take note: this chip should be a tool of your trade if you ever need the sound of bones being crushed.

After a few more chips, jaw fatigue set in. I licked my greasy fingers, put some chips on a plate and piled grated cheddar on top. Then I nuked it to do impromptu nachos.

Somewhere out there, a heart surgeon buys a new Mercedes.

El Gallo Giro
(714) 549-2011
1442 S Bristol St
Santa Ana, CA 92704


At 12:06 AM, Blogger Xericx said...

Sounds great! I've always heard about this place.....I've got to check it this the place that has Agua frescas in the store of various flavours?

At 7:09 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Yup, it's one and the same. Ginormous plastic jugs with ice cold agua frescas. Got the horchata once, and it was delicious...and filling!

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Xericx said...

Awesome...i love Michochan in Tijuana for their Agua Frescas....awesome.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Diamond Dog said...


You totally have to try Carinitas Los Reyes on the corner of Tustin and Palmyra in the city of Orange. Better Tacos, much better salsa, same greasy chips and I am pretty certain they are fried in lard so they have that extra "pig" taste that is awesome. They are also free!

They do not have the aqua frescas though.

But I think the Tacos are $1.10 each and they are the BIG torillas and not the small ones you get at some places.

El Gall Giro is rad though. I love how they are open 24 hours.

At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another awesome carniceria is El Toro on the corner of Bristol and First St. Good food and very inexpensive. Best carnitas IMO.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger elmomonster said...

Thanks for the tip Anon!

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this place it is great clean the food is delicious and the service is great.
this place is like be in Mexico.


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