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Jan 26, 2007 07:58 PM

New El Salvadorean Pupuseria in South Bend, IN

As my fiance and I were driving on Eddy (I think between 23 and LaSalle), we noticed a sign for a new El Salvadorean restaurant. Hoping that they would have pupusas (basically a thick, hand-made corn tortilla stuffed with a variety of fillings), we just had to stop. The restaurant is pretty unassuming and hole-in-the-wall-ish, a painted blue and white house that does mainly take-out orders. There are only four bar stools in the smallish dining/waiting area. Their menu was pretty basic - but they indeed had pupusas. My fiance and I tried a pupusa filled with beef and the traditional pupusa revuelta stuffed with pork and cheese. Both were very good - much less greasy than the varieties that I was used to back in California. The fillings were both flavorful; my fiance preferred the beef pupusa, whereas I enjoyed the pork and cheese pupusa slightly more. Their pupusas are $1.50 each.

In addition, they also have Salvadorean tamales - instead of a tamal wrapped in a corn husk, the Salvadorean tamales are wrapped in banana leaves. The masa had a bit more of a pudding consistency, rather than the grainier consistency of Mexican tamales. I had the chicken tamal, which took some getting used to because I'm used to Mexican tamales; but they were nonetheless very good. The masa was very flavorful, and the chicken was moist and tender. The tamales, I believe, were also $1.50 each.

We also tried their homemade tortillas (basically unstuffed pupusas) which didn't satisfy my craving for fresh, home-made flour tortillas; and they also had horchata (the cinammon-rice drink) which was much different than any horchata I've had in the past. It wasn't cinammony - so they must use different spices. From what I hear, Salvadorean horchata is supposed to be different from Mexican horchata.

Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the restaurant, and the menu is sitting in my fiance's car, so I'll post more information when I get it. All in all, very good and inexpensive food that will fulfill a craving for typical Salvadorean cuisine. I'm glad cuisine in South Bend is diversifying!

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  1. The name is Girasol and it is located at 525 N Eddy St. The food is very authentic, at least that's what my Salvadoran wife tells me. We have gotten take out from there many times. The owners are extremely personable and even helped me unlock my car after I locked my keys inside it.

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    1. re: pcdoc09

      Having noticed this thread, I went right out to this place today for lunch. I've never had pupusas before, but I can say that I enjoyed these very much. I ordered three: the bean, the pork, and the beef. The pork was my favorite, and it clearly had some braising and spicing that I associate with mexican carnitas. The beef was great, too. The bean seemed to be filled with basic refried beans, seemingly from canned, and I was not excited there. Tamales were not ready when I arrived (early), but I will go back soon, and I recommend this place highly.