Eat Beat: El Gallo Giro

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El Gallo Giro's Taco's Mr. Joe is a crispy tortilla filled with special sauce, steak and chorizo. It is owner Zulema Ortega's favorite dish. (Ari Davis)
El Gallo Giro’s Taco’s Mr. Joe is a crispy tortilla filled with special sauce, steak and chorizo. It is owner Zulema Ortega’s favorite dish. (Ari Davis)

Not many restaurants can boast a 4.5 star Yelp rating with 53 reviews. El Gallo Giro is able to do just that, thanks to its fresh food and low prices.

“As a Hispanic, I thought it was pretty authentic compared to Mexican restaurants back in L.A.,” said Lily Berganza, a Los Angeles native of Mexican descent. “I actually think Gallo Giro was a little better, though not as cheap. But definitely authentic.”

Price range:

At $1.55 each for a street taco, the restaurant competes with a lot of lower-priced Mexican chains. A full combination plate with an entrée and two sides runs for $7–$8, a competitive price in the area.

Specialty dishes: 

Owner Zulema Ortega, from Chihuahua, Mexico, said the most popular entrée item on the menu is called The Rock.

“It’s like a steak, chorizo and chicken fajita, only it’s cooked on a real lava rock instead of a skillet,” Ortega said.

Additionally, El Gallo Giro’s homemade drinks are an everyday favorite.

“Making the horchata especially is a process,” she said. “It takes like three days to make a batch, between soaking … and preparing it all.”

Hours & location:

8 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sunday–Thursday

8 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday

El Gallo Giro is located at 346 N. University Avenue in Provo.

What the owner says:

“We make everything here from scratch, every day: tortillas, salsas, juices and everything else,” Ortega said.

She said her food is authentic Mexican, from both the north and south of Mexico, where she and her husband are from.

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