In a strip mall on Adams Ave., between a vitamin shop and the Huntington Beach YMCA, lies a hidden gem of a restaurant. Only a few months old, El Porton Colombiano is gaining a bit of buzz for it’s deliciously authentic Colombian cuisine and excellent service.
An array of tapas is a great culinary sampler of Colombian food. My favorites are the savory Beef Empanadas, Arepitas con Hogao (fried corn cakes with hogao sauce) and the sweet aborrajado (deep fried plantains staffed with cheese). The entrees like pollo a la plancha and milanesa de res are tasty too. But if you really want a treat, come on Sunday for the Mondongo (pork and beef tripe soup) served with rice and avocado. They have live music on weekends sometimes too!
El Porton Colombiano is located at 8863 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92646. You can call for takeout too! Their number is 714.968.6611