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help me find foods local to el salvador

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i am meeting my boyfriend's mom this weekend, who is originally from el salvador. I would love to be able to take advantage of the fact I have access to much more by living in the city and take her some items that she can't get out in the suburbs. however, i know nothing about salvadoran foods or where to get such items. can anyone shed some light here?

thanks! i've read and heard my boyfriend speak of these pupusas that she makes, but it doesn't sound like something that would travel well...plus, i wouldn't know what makes one good vs. bad.

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  1. You can try Izalco in Woodside, on Roosevelt Ave near the 61st St station of the #7 train.

    http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bi...

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    1. re: JacksonH

      go pick up a bunch of pupusas at the Red Hook Ballfields for her!

      1. re: JacksonH

        second Izalco, but if Mom makes pupusas, I won't take any restaurant-made things to her house. I can only think of beer for Salvadorian imports I've seen around, but I'm sure there are sweets, condiments etc. available in the markets say in Jackson Heights.

        1. re: welle

          Rincon Salvadoreno location have a store in the front that sells all sorts of imports from El Salvador and Central America. Semitas, a bread/cake like dessert with a very light pineapple filling is Salvadorian. My MIL brings it everytime she visit us from El Salvadore. (I personally don't care for them.)

      2. There is a festive place on 5th Avenue and 19th Street in Park Slope. I can't remember its name, but the food there seemed quite authentic.

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        1. re: Rodrigo

          5th Avenue and 19th Street in Park Slope.

          Probably "El Continental".

        2. Rincon Salvadoreno
          92-15 149th Street, Jamaica, NY
          Real authentic Salvadorian food. You have to have the Tamale de Elote. It a corn tamamle that is almost like a corn mousse. YUMMY!

          1. Ditto on the Redhook ballfields -- the line was so long for the pupusas I couldn't even get one!