Welcome to El Papayote Grill!



At the age of 16 David Ortega began his life as an Entrepreneur by opening a Restaurant in El Salvador named “El Escape” in the department of Sonsonate. Since his childhood he always had the dream of owning a restaurant, due to his inexperience and difficulties of life, he had to give up his dream and emigrated to the United States in his youth.


As every immigrant, began to work in any other industry to survive and solve their needs, he eventually met his wife Elba who had also worked in the food industry since her childhood, She literally was cooking and selling her food at the street’s food in El Salvador, Elba is woman with courage, who since her childhood learned to cook with the Salvadoran seasoning, with the help of his husband David they developed the whole food menu of El Papayote Grill.


David and Elba combined their experience and decided to open a Salvadoran Restaurant in the city of Los Angeles, even when there are many Salvadoran Restaurants, since there is a community of almost three million Salvadorans in the United States, most of them in Los Angeles, they decided to open a Salvadoran Restaurant, but with a Different Concept.


David and Elba are presenting their food with Unique Concept, the presentation is pristine and great, not compromising the seasoning and flavor. They are using names as “El Cachimbon”; “El Chevere”; El Chero; for identify their dishes.


About the Restaurant’s Decorations, David and Elba are doing something great!,  decorating with beautiful murals using an art from El Salvador, showing our culture and at the same time combining with the sense of humor of our people, making cartoons of some iconic characters from El Salvador such as El Cipitio, Cocolito, La Tenchis, Aniceto Porsisoca, including President Nayib Bukele.


David and Elba are doing this concept with very professionalism because they have plans of expansion for the next five years, stay tuned with them and be ready to visit the next locations in Southern California and Countrywide.


In a few months We’ll be celebrating our First Year Anniversary!!!!






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Phone: (323) 484-9997





1645 Firestone Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90001