La Esperanza Restaurant

22832 S Western Ave, Torrance
(310) 626-6578
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#Breakfast | #Appetizers | #Soups | #Salads | #Tamales | #Salvadorean Specialties | #Salvadorean Plates | #Classic Plates | #Meats | #Seafood | #Mexican Food | #Kids' Menu | #Desserts

Breakfast

All breakfast plates come with fried plantains, fresh cheese, central American sour cream, salvadorian chorizo (longaniza), your choice of beans or casamiento (rice and bean mix) and your choice of bread or handmade tortilla (pancakes, chilaquiles, and typical salvadorian excluded, please read description).
Pancakes$8.5
Three buttermilk pancakes, your choice of plain pancakes or topped with strawberry, bananas, whipped cream, and strawberry sauce.
Chilaquiles$13.99
Mexican style sliced chips cooked with your choice of green or red salsa. Accompanied with two eggs any style, rice, beans, and salvadorian chorizo (longaniza).
Desayuno Chapin$12.99
2 eggs any style.
Tipico Salvadoreno$9.99
Fried plantains accompanied with central American sour cream and guatemalan black beans.
Ranchero Breakfast$12.99
2 eggs topped with guatemalan ranchera sauce.
Huevos Divorciados$12.99
2 eggs topped with green sauce and red sauce, divided equally in the middle.
Esperanza Breakfast$17.99
6 oz. steak and two eggs any style with a side of guatemalan ranchera sauce.

Appetizers

Our sauces are not spicy.
Garnachas (8)$15.99
Mini fried corn tortillas topped with guatemalan slaw, ground beef, guatemalan sauce, and fresh cheese. Served with a side of our homemade hot sauce.
Tostadas$2.99
Fried corn tortillas topped with one of your favorite toppings. Guatemalan salsa, black beans or guacamole.
Pan con Frijoles$3.75
French roll stuffed with beans and cheese.
Enchiladas Guatemaltecas$5.75
Corn tostada topped with lettuce, cabbage, pacaya, beets, and carrots cooked in a beet sauce. Topped with ground beef, a flow of guatemalan tomato sauce, cheese, and a slice of hard-boiled eggs.
Pan con Chile Relleno$7.5
French roll stuffed with a guatemalan style Chile relleno.
Chicken Fries$9.99
Cheddar cheese sauce, tomato, onions, cilantro, avocado slices, cotija cheese and central-American cream.
Steak Fries$9.99
Cheddar cheese sauce, tomato, onions, cilantro, avocado slices, cotija cheese and central-American cream.
Schuco$4.5
A guatemalan style hot dog sandwich. Grilled hot dog slices sitting on a bed of steamed cabbage and guacamole, topped with ketchup, mayo, and mustard.
Boquitas Chapinas$15.99
Platter of different appetizers, including grilled longaniza, fried chicharrón chunks, cooked hot dogs, fresh cheese, and three hand made tortillas: one topped with beans, one with salsa and the last with guacamole.
Nachos Supreme$12.99
Tortilla chips, Chile meat, cheddar cheese sauce, pico de gallo, jalapeño and central-American cream.
Plato Típico Chapín$24.99
A chapín platter to share, two beef empanadas, 2 guatemalan Chile rellenos, an enchilada guatemalteca and three tostadas: one with guacamole, one with beans and the last with guatemalan style tomato sauce.
Guatemalan Taco$10.5
4 hard shell guatemalan taquitos filled with ground beef, potato, and carrots, topped with guatemalan style slaw, tomato sauce, grated cheese, parsley leaves and guacamole.

Soups

Served with three handmade tortillas.
Caldo de ½ Gallina$8.99
½ hen soup just a portion with mixed veggies and hen meat and feet. Served with three handmade tortillas.
Caldo de Res$15.99
Beef soup, mixed with yuca (cassava) cabbage mixed veggies and corn. Served with three handmade tortillas.
Caldo de Gallina$16.99
Central American hen soup, comes with a bowl of chicken broth soup with mixed veggies, and separate plate with marinated grilled hen, garden salad, and rice. Served with three handmade tortillas.
7 Mares$19.99
7 seas soup. A mixture of fish, octopus, shrimp, crab legs, oysters, clams and scallops. Served with three handmade tortillas.
Chicken Soup$14.99
Central American style with mixed veggies. Served with three handmade tortillas.
Caldo de Patas$15.99
A hearty central American soup made with beef feet and honeycomb tripe. Comes with yuca (cassava) and mixed veggies. Served with three handmade tortillas.
Caldo de Pescado$15.99
Central American style fish soup with mixed veggies. Served with three handmade tortillas.
Caldo de Camarones$16.99
Central American style shrimp soup with mixed veggies. Served with three handmade tortillas.

Salads

Ensalada la Esperanza$15.99
Mixture of carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, crisp iceberg, leaf lettuce, boiled eggs, sliced avocados, topped with grilled chicken breast.
House Salad$7.5
Mixture of carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, crisp iceberg, and leaf lettuce.
Ensalada de Aguacate$12.99
Lettuce, boiled eggs, sliced avocados, topped with sliced avocados.

Tamales

Tamal de Elote$2.75
Sweet corn tamales with grains of corn inside the dough.
Tamal Guatemalteco$4.5
Guatemalan style tamales, wrapped in a banana leaf. Your choice of pork or chicken served with a bread roll.
Paches$4.5
Potato based tamales wrapped in a banana leaf. Your choice of chicken or pork, served with a bread roll.
Tamal Mexicano$3
Mexican style spicy tamales. Your choice of chicken with green sauce, pork with red sauce or jalapeño and cheese.
Tamal de Chipilín (Small x 3)$2.5
Small chipilin tamale.
Chuchitos$2.75
Corn based guatemalan style tamales, topped with a flow of our guatemalan style salsa and cotija cheese. Your choice of chicken or pork.

Salvadorean Specialties

A salvadorian specialty! Large hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and other ingredients. A must-try when visiting us here at la esperanza.
Plato de Pupusa$11.5
Make it a combo! Two pupusas accompanied with rice and beans up to one ingredient (cheese already included) shrimp not included.
Revuelta$3.75
Chicharrón, beans and cheese.
Pollo con Vegetale$4.25
Spinach, zucchini, tomato, chicken, and cheese.
Camaron$5.75
Shrimp and cheese.
Vegetariana$3.99
Spinach, zucchini, onion, tomato, and cheese.

Salvadorean Plates

Pastelitos de Carne$6.5
Golden and crispy empanadas stuffed with ground beef in a vegetable mix.
Pan con Pollo$12.5
Fresh bread roll gutted open and topped with mayo, lettuce, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomato, salvadorian slaw, chicken and hardboiled egg slices. Drenched in salvadorian tomato sauce. Comes with a side of extra sauce and potato salad.
Empanadas de Leche o Frijol$7
Plantain pies filled with your choice of sweet milk cream or sweat bean dip.
Yuca con Chicharron$13.99
Fried or steamed cassava served over a bed of our famous curtido slaw. Topped with chicharrón (pork chunks). Served with cucumbers, tomatoes and watercress leaves.

Classic Plates

Our classic plates are served with guatemalan style rice, beans and three handmade tortillas. Pepian and chicken with cream excluded.
Higado Encebollado$17.99
Marinated and grilled liver smothered in a layer of our guatemalan seasoned grilled onions.
Hilachas$17.99
Shredded beef with chopped potatoes drowned in a pool of our guatemalan style sauce. Served with a chipilín tamale.
Pepian$17.99
One of our oldest recipes, dated back to the time of ancient mayans. Your choice of beef or chicken accompanied with chayote, carrots, potato, and string beans drowned in a pool of our guatemalan style salsa. Made of pepitas, tomato and sesame seeds. Served with rice and a chipilín tamale.
Carne Guisada$17.99
Slowly cooked chunks of tender beef, with potatoes drowned in a pool of our guatemalan style salsa. Served with a chipilín tamale.
Stuffed Peppers$17.99
Bell pepper stuffed with ground beef and fried with egg batter. Covered with guatemalan style tomato sauce and cheese on top.
Pollo con Crema$17.99
Seasoned chicken breast cooked with bell peppers, onions and tomato. Covered completely with a thick pool of our central American cream. Comes with rice and three tortillas.
Bistec with Onions$17.99
Your choice of chicken or steak marinated and smothered in a layer of our guatemalan seasoned grilled onions.
Chicken with Onions$17.99
Your choice of chicken or steak marinated and smothered in a layer of our guatemalan seasoned grilled onions.
Lengua de Res$17.99
Cooked and drowned in our homemade guatemalan sauce.

Meats

All meat plates and platters come with guatemalan style rice and beans, sautéed green onions, jalapeño, fried potato, chirmol (guatemalan chunky tomato sauce), guacamole and three tortillas per person.
Carne Asada$20.99
Guatemalan style season and grilled 8 oz. flat meat select.
Carne Asada con Camarones$27.99
8 oz. flat meat select accompanied with a fresh batch of grilled shrimp.
Churrasco Guatemalteco$36.99
A platter to share! Guatemalan style meat served with slices of grilled chicken and steak, pork marinated in adobo sauce, and salvadorian chorizo, served with a large proportion rice, beans, chirmol, guacamole, green onions, jalapeño and fried potato.
Carne Adobada$19.99
8 oz. pork grilled and marinated in adobe sauce.

Seafood

All seafood plates are served with guatemalan style rice, beans and hand-made tortillas. Cocktails and tostadas excluded.
Tostada de Ceviche de Camaron$8.5
Cooked in our lime juice and accompanied by veggies and topped with avocado slices.
Camarones al Mojo de Ajo$19.5
Grilled shrimp covered in garlic sauce.
Coctel de Camaron$12.99
Cooked whole shrimp in a pool of our cocktail sauce, with mixed veggies and topped with chopped avocado pieces.
Pescado Frito$18.99
Fresh whole tilapia fish shimmered and lightly fried to perfection. Garnished with lime slices.
Filete de Pescado al Mojo de Ajo$18.99
Swai fish fillet grilled and topped with garlic sauce.
Filete de Pescado Empanizado$18.99
Breaded swai fish fillet.
Filete a la Plancha$18.99
Grilled fish swai fish fillet garnished with lime slices.
Tostada de Ceviche de Pescado$8.5
Cooked in our lime juice and accompanied by veggies and topped with avocado slices.
Camarones Empanizados$19.5
Breaded shrimp.
Campechana$19.99
Cocktail with a mix of shrimp, octopus, and abalone in a pool of our cocktail sauce, with mixed veggies and topped with chopped avocado pieces.
Camarones a la Plancha$19.5
Grilled shrimp.

Mexican Food

Choices of meat: azada, pastor, pollo, lengua, and chorizo.
3 Tacos con Arroz y Frijoles$10.99
Fajitas Combo$23.99
Fajitas served with rice, beans and house salad.
Quesadilla Grande$10.99
Steak, chicken or pastor.
4 Flautas con Arroz y Frijoles$11.99
Four chicken or steak flautas served with rice and beans.
Burrito Mojado$12.5
Shrimp Tacos$5.5
Baja style topped with cabbage mix tomato, onions, cilantro, and sour cream.
Fish Tacos$5.5
Baja style topped with cabbage mix tomato, onions, cilantro, and sour cream.
Torta$7.99
Tacos$2.99
Sopes$4.25
Burrito Regular$10.5

Kids' Menu

Breakfast$5.99
1 egg, two mini pancakes, one sausage, and fruit.
Macaroni & Cheese$5.99
Served with fries and fruit.
Kids' Pupusa Combo$5.99
2 mini pupusas of your choice cheese or beans served with fruit.
Cheese Burger$5.99
Served with fries and fruit.
Cheese Quesadilla$5.99
Served with fries and fruit.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich$5.99
La Esperanza Burger$8.99
White bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onions, double ground beef patty. Served with fries.
Kids' Drinks$1.75

Desserts

Tres Leches$5.5
La Esperanza Cheese Cake$5.5
Flan Napolitano$5.5
Strawberry Cheese Cake$5.5
Choco Flan$5.5
Torreja$5.5
Mole$5.5