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Nov 11, 2007 10:15 AM

Where to go for the best PUPUSAS ???

The only place i've been getting my Pupusas fix is at the Hollywood Farmers Market on sunday.
$2 for a pork/cheese.
Anybody know any good spots for this good stuff?

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  1. I've done a series of pupusa reports over the past year:

    The best I've found, now that my favorite La Nueva Flor Blanco closed, are La Pupusa Loca at Santa Monica and Wilton and Los Chorros in Inglewood.

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      1. re: sku

        sku, you are a Pupusa expert from my point of view. I have traveled to GUA and SAL 46 times in the last 10 years. (Just renewed my passport and added them up when it came back in the mail). Los Churros is a very good rendition of a typical Pupusa. I live in the South Bay and tried Arsense on El Segundo Blvd based on a previous post on this board and was very disappointed. I believe I had read your post about Los Churros this past summer and I have been 3 times so far. Each time it was very consistant. Just like like the ones I have had in CA menos Pilsner y Gallo..

        1. re: Foodandwine

          Wow, you must have a lot of frequent flier miles :) Glad you liked Los Chorros. They also have great yucca and chicharron and other Salvadoran treats.

          Hey, when you fly back from Salvador and Guatemala, do you bring Pollo Campero on the plane?

          1. re: sku

            sku,Pollo Campero.. well thats another thread. I was invited to the opening of the first USA location on Olympic. I think the local version is just missing something ( well to me ).. I have never brought it back myself, just eat it in GUA for lunch once a trip. One time when I was upgraded to First Class on the way home I was seated next to a Pilot that was deadheading home. He brought a box and was served the chicken on china ( well United's best ) He gave me a wing too.. The Flight attendants were all comming by saying that they needed to taste it as they have smelled the aromas for years and never had the chance to try the pollo. It was like a drive in "first class style"..

      2. My husband is Salvadoran and swears that the pupusas at "The Ayalas" are the best he has had in L.A., even better than his sister-in-law's. It's a newish, small, family-run place that has an "A" from the health department. They have pupusas with chicharron, revueltas and queso (cheese and pork and I think some beans as well) as well as cheese and loroco (a kind of herb). Cost is $1.50 and $1.75, respectively!

        The AYALAS Salvadoran and Cuban Food
        10953 Venice Blvd. near Military
        W. Los Angeles, 90034

        Another OK choice on the West Side is Gloria's, which is on Venice Blvd. just East of Versailles. It's also family run, a bit larger, but I liked Ayalas better, too.

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        1. re: arlette

          I tried The Ayalas (solely for pupusas) last week based on this suggestion, and it was so good I went again today! Their pork is so tasty! AND they have half-liter bottles of Coke made from real sugar!

          I have also been to El Salvador Con Sabor for pupusas. And while I cannot attest to their authenticity, I recommend this place as well. There's a slightly bigger range of pupusas to choose from, all delicious, including a great chicken+cheese one and a beans+cheese one.

          El Salvador Con Sabor
          5105 Venice Blvd. (at Redondo -- just west of La Brea)

          1. re: naboli

            Ok - I went here just because it was convenient. I had an appointment at a nearby business and had to have lunch after, and saw this place while walking from where I parked.

            I had an ala carte pupusa with loroco con queso, and an appetizer serving of platanos con crema with beans.

            The pupusa was dynamite - I could have asked for more of the cabbage relish, which I love, but it was great.

            But the real treat was the platanos and the beans. The platanos were really really good, with crispy edges that crunched nicely. And the beans! The menu said black beans, but what I got was a puree of wonderful darkish pink beany goodness! It may have been a puree of mixed black and pintos, because it was too dark for pintos but too light for all black. It was a pure smooth puree - no bean structure at all. But how delicious!! It was smooth and tasty - and overwhelmingly porky! If it wasn't made with lard, it certainly had some pork product in it, because it tasted rich and smokey and wonderful!

            I loved it! I'm going back for more soon!

        2. If you are in Torrance area on a Tuesday, go to the farmer's market on Crenshaw. Don't know if they are the best, but they are very tasty to me.

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          1. re: fdb

            I second the Torrance farmers market on Crenshaw -- also on Saturday mornings. The pupusas were excellent to my untrained palate (my pupusa experience is limited to my roomate's mother's).

          2. Good Food on NPR Oct 13th had a segment on pupusas. They echoed my sentiments: its pretty easy to find a good pupusa and most are simillar. I like Los Cobanos at Sunset and Silverlake.

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            1. re: cls

              I don't remember the name, maybe someone can help before I drive by but it is on the east side of Lake Avenue just below Washington in Pasadena. I don't have a lot to compare it to but friends from El Salvador turned us on to it. They have a great side dishes including plantains and yucca. Very good!!!

              1. re: Fru

                I am fairly certain that the name you are looking for is La Caravana - they have several kinds. Even one with pepperoni which is really good. They offer a sampler platter of about 9 different flavors of mini pupusas (which are really not so mini, either!). Theirs is the best I have had.
                There is also a place called Christina's on Orange Grove a couple of blocks east of Fair Oaks - I like their frijoles y queso ones best.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  Just came back from La Caravana in Pasadena tonight and Oh Boy was that place worth it. My husband and I split the 9 different mini pupusas you mentioned and they were soooooo yummy. I like how you can choose whichever 9 you want. For drinks we had Ensalada which has a bunch of mixed diced fruit inside. It went great with the pupusas. I think I will go back this weekend. I'll have to try Christina's next though.

            2. Try checking out El Buen Gusto in Atwater Village off of Glendale Blvd, the pupusas are really tasty and inexpensive, service is slow but its good.