Located in Seminole County, Florida, the "Chilangos" restaurant is a very small but authentic Mexican food place. Yes, there are many around Orlando but most of them are fake and americanized places. Some others are authentic but not so clean. Moreover this one here has recipes and dishes you will not find in other location of this state.
Indeed in the rich and various menu they serve things you probably never heard about just like the "Gorditas" or the "Huarache" or the "Pambaso". Try them and you will not be disappointed! Off course there are well known items like Tacos (Mexican or American style), Fajitas, Quesadillas, Flautas, Tostadas and several popular highlights, such as the "Tamales" or the "Chimichangas" and all absolutely home made.
We had the "Huarache", shown in this pic above, (a handmade fried light tortilla topped with refried beans, onions, cilantro, sour cream, queso fresco, and your choice of meat) followed by a variety of home made Tacos (every tuesday for 1$ each) and the best Tamales you can find in Florida.
Talking about the "Gorditas" (a deep fried thick, handmade tortilla, sliced in half and filled with lettuce, cilantro, onions, queso fresco, sour cream, and your choice of meat) the "Torta Loca" (a toasted Mexican bun served with beans, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, onions, queso fresco, with ham, chicken, asada and carnitas) and finally the "Pambaso" (still a Mexican bun, dipped in guajillo chile then toasted and filled either chorizo with potato or picadillo, topped with lettuce, sour cream and queso fresco) these are certainly the most well kept recipes in town.
We ended the dinner with a fantastic "Flan" home made pretty generous in dimension and taste. All the dishes are well sized and they are always accompanied by free salsas and nachos. Price are incredibly reasonable compared to the quality offered. If you search an elegant ambiance with modest food this is not the place for you. Instead if you are looking for great quality and authentic food served in a simple, warm family restaurant ambiance, well this is the place. For us the best kept secret in town, you should give a try!
162 W SR 434
WINTER SPRINGS, FL 32708
CHILANGOS OFFERS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD MADE WITH ONLY THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS!
article and pictures by Luca Centoni