Essential T: Garnachas de Feria at Restaurant y Panaderia Tikal

Find this popular street food in North Hollywood

The very best Mexican foods start with the letter T—tacos, tortas, tlayudas. Here we showcase the tastiest “T” bites from the streets of L.A. 

The garnacha de feria is a mini-tostada served at Guatemalan fairs and holidays that’s rather commonplace in our local Guatemalan restaurants as a typical antojito (little whim or snack).  It’s a dish that’s well known in Guatemala, yet you won’t find it in most Guatemalan cookbooks or in the majority of the articles about Guatemalan cuisine on the internet. That’s because it’s more of a street food, but you’ll find it as an everyday menu item at places like Restaurant y Panaderia Tikal in North Hollywood.  

Tikal, named after the most famous Mayan ruins in Guatemala, is a bakery that caters to Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Mexicans with an assortment of pan dulce and bread rolls. They run a small kitchen and serve a menu full of soups, tamales, breakfast plates, sandwiches, and appetizers like garnachas—with all the ambiance of a grungy North Hollywood strip mall storefront. (Word to the wise: don’t bring a date here!)

The garnachas come in an order of four, or can be purchased individually. They are potato chip-sized rounds of fried masa topped with juicy, shredded beef, tomato sauce, and a dusting of dry Guatemalan cheese. Curtido, or Guatemalan-style pickled cabbage is served on the side.

No need to wait for a Guatemalan fair here in town—just pop into Restaurant y Panaderia Tikal and bring the mini-tostada party home with you.