El Torito is a chain restaurant – it’s true. I try to stay away from reviewing chain restaurants as a rule, but eventually I end up at one and I just want to blog about it. And after patronizing El Torito’s Sunday Brunch for a second time, I think it’s time something was put into writing.
There are almost 60 El Torito’s all around California and one or two in Arizona and Oregon. It’s an established chain; there isn’t a whole lot of mystery lying in wait behind those sandblasted doors. But being a chain doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality is low or that it is not authentic – it really just means that it’s consistent among the different locations. Or at least that’s what it’s supposed to mean. And even though I can’t comment specifically on the consistency (I’ve only been to the San Leandro and Foster City locations), I can say the food is good. More specifically, the Sunday brunch is excellent….