A guest wandered in for dinner and while waiting, he draws a figure of a man on the menu and calls him “EL CHOLO”.  In those days EL CHOLO was the name given by Spanish settlers in California to their field hands. Alejandro likes the man that was drawn (and the name) and immediately changed Sonora Cafe to EL CHOLO CAFE!

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Los Angeles - The Original

1121 S. Western Ave Los Angeles CA 90006

Santa Monica

1025 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica CA 90401

Downtown Los Angeles

1037 S. Flower St Los Angeles CA 90015

Anaheim Hills

8200 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim CA 92808

Corona Del Mar

3520 E. Coast Highway Corona Del Mar CA 92625

La Habra

840 E. Whittier Blvd La Habra CA 90631