After spending a considerable time in Central America, I have developed a strong love for the Salvadorian miracle, the flor de loroco Pupusa. I am spending the next week or so in SF and was wondering if someone could give me the BEST pupuseria in the area. Pupusas and curtido, worth the trouble...
I hope you'll report back about what you try in SF and how it compares to El Salvador.
Oddly enough, the only place I've tried to date where the loroco pupusa has any loroco taste is Montelimar Restaurant on Mission Street.
At the time, I just thought the taste was off. Then I had a loroco pupusa at probably one of the best Salvadoran restaurants in the Bay Area, and there was that taste again (sorry, this place is in the East Bay in a remote location ... but if you need a lizard meat fix ...)
Balompie is often cited as one of the better pupusa places in SF. There is a link about my visit to Balompie in the above link.
The best pupusa/curtido I've had in SF has been at Rincon Latino
I've since found out that some Mexican market sell Salvadoran cheese with the loroco in it. Maybe why that's why the flavor of loroco doesn't come through often.
They sell lizard here?! I had to pass on the lizard because they were being dangerously over-hunted but would jump at the opportunity if it arose. Locals called it chicken of the trees. Have you tried it? I'm curious.
I did have a Loroco pupusa around the corner on Mission and I too found that more than anything it tasted like green chile. Still, I can't complain. A mediocre pupusa beats no pupusa!
It's the Bay Area ... it's organic ranch-raised lizard. I'm such a wuzzie and haven't tried it. However, here's an post with a link to an East Bay Express article where the reporter tried it and, uh, it tasted like chicken.
Actually people started eating them because it was effective pest control. Then they liked them so much, the lizard started to go extinct. So they saved the day with lizard farms ... ok, I'll stop being lazy and use the right word ... garrobo.
You can find it canned in some markets selling Salvadoran foods. Of course, requests for canned lizard recipes should go on Home Cooking.