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El Sunzal

642 Calles
Austin, 78702
512/474-7749
Hours: Daily, 8:30am-10pm
This cozy, comfortable place serves Mexican and Salvadoran specialties. We recommend the fried plantains, banana-leaf tamales, and pupusas.

First Plates Awards

Restaurant Poll Awards

  • 2009: Critics Best Caribbean Basin Delights
  • 2008: Critics The Consummate Salvadoran Plate
  • 2007: Critics Best Pork Carnitas and Fried Yucca With a Crock of Curtido
  • 2006: Critics Best Non-Mexican Latino Food
  • 2005: Critics Best Salvadoran (Take a Dictionary or a Native Spanish Speaker)
  • 2004: Critics Other Ethnic

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