Founder’s Feature: Interview with Blair Salisbury of El Cholo Restaurants

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Alexander Perez interviews Blair Salisbury of El Cholo Restaurants at their annual event in Pasadena.

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In 1922, Alejandro Borquez pushed back from the dinner table and said to his beautiful young bride, Rosa,”You are such a good cook we should open up a restaurant”

–  and they did.  

The rest is history.


green corn tamales, el cholo


Absolutely delicious. We LOVE this place!!! The portions are perfect. They do not overwhelm you with food. The salsa and chips are always fresh, and the enchiladas are my favorite. The strawberry margaritas are to die for.


The food was extremely well priced and very tasty. The servings were also huge and the staff were extremely friendly. You even get a free serve of fresh, hot corn chips with hot and mild salsa, delivered to your table as soon as you sit down.

I had combination #1 (beef taco and cheese enchilada with cheese). Very nice but the highlight was the Tortilla soup, something I have never had before, simply awesome. Very tasty indeed. 

If I lived here I’d be going here all the time. We’ll worth it!


El Cholo has the same effect on me as those timepiece films like “Stand By Me” or “Huckleberry Finn”- it is a walk into the old way of doing things, tried and true, from a humbler time. Yet, in its heyday, I’ll bet that El Cholo really stood out as something special. It was a tribute to Mexican cuisine in the 1920s, and it’s lasting power is proven when you see how popular it remains today.


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