New Pupuseria in Reno
A place called Teresita's Pupuseria has just opened on ClearAcre. It's on the east side of ClearAcre, north of McCarran and just south of the freeway overpass, right next to a Port of Subs.
I dropped by today to get a look at the menu. Right now it's got some really bare-bones decor. Actually, it might be more accurate to say there is no decor. But the man at the counter was very friendly and there were a few customers hanging around.
A banner on the front proclaimed that they had sauteed bananas with beans and sour cream. They were running out of takeaway menus, but on the posted menu I remember seeing a few standards (burritos, menudo) plus some pretty interesting items.
-A few different kinds of meat empanadas as well as banana empanadas
-The aforementioned sauteed bananas (or plantains?)
-Peppers stuffed with cabbage and guisquil
I looked up guisquil: it is "a thorny vegetable that is starchy like potato and must be steamed to be eaten." Other websites said it was quite similar to chayote and had a chestnut-like flavor. The fellow at the counter said that the peppers were stuffed, dipped in egg batter and fried.
I can't report on the flavor of any of this because I'm on a restricted diet right now, but hopefully some of you will be able to check it out. It looks like it's operating on a shoestring, but it certainly seems authentic.
I stopped by today for dinner. The first two things I tried to order they were unable to serve. So I got a pepper stuffed with what they described as ground beef and a chorizo taco.
The taco came first. The shell had a nice corn flavor to it, but the chorizo was bland and kind of chunky. I didn't like it.
Then they brought out the pepper. They they describe as ground beef is more like chopped pieces of boiled beef. There were also some vegetables mixed with it. It had kind of a dishwater flavor to it. The pepper didn't have much of a pepper flavor to it, either. I get the sense it wasn't fresh ingredients. The refried beans were soupy. The white rice had some corn and other vegetables and was the best part of the meal.
When I paid, she totalled up the check on a calculator, then hit the button to open the cash register door without giving me a receipt. This is usually a clue they're charging sales tax but not reporting it, keeping it instead as an illegal profit. Also, when she gave me my change, she shorted me a dime. It wasn't worth haggling over. I decided not to leave a tip.
I'll be interested if any Chowhounds find any other dishes that are worth trying.