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Best pupusas in LA???

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  • Rayna Aug 24, 1999 05:00 PM
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I have tried many, many pupusa restaurants in LA in
search of perfection. The very best I have found is at
Gloria's Mexican/American Food, a pink shack at the
unlikely corner of Stoner and Mississippi in West LA.
I have found that the El Salvadorean food is great
(pupusas, Salvadorean tamales and platanos con crema)
while everything else is ok. It always amazes me when
people order hamburgers there! What other places are
great??

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    jonathan gold

    My very favorite pupuseria, Usulateco on Beverly near Normandie, just closed, but there are about 500 other ones in the L.A. area. The pupusas at El Amanacer are quite good, as are most of the pupusas at the Texis chain and the oddly named Palermo.


    Haven't been to Gloria's; although I routinely automatically dismiss the idea of pupusas on the westside, I'll check 'em out.

    1. The best pupusas and tamales (without bones) are at El
      Salvador Con Sabor. They even offer rice masa pupusas
      with vegetable fillings. They are not very exciting
      but are rare to find locally. People call ahead and
      order a few dozen of the revueltas pupusas at a time.
      My freezer is currently loaded with a couple dozen
      tamales. 10 minutes in the pressure cooker for a
      gourmet meal. They have a very large menu but this is
      all that I have tried. 5105 Venice Blvd (1 block West
      of La Brea)
      323 936 0231. You have never tasted better Salvadorean
      food anywhere.

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      1. re: Larry

        I very much enjoy the pupusas at Con Sabor. They have a great variety and make them to order. The wait can be long (for the kitchen to cook your pupusas) but it is worth it.

        1. re: Senor Popusa

          I'll continue with this recently revived old post. I just tried the queso con frijoles and revueltas con todo pupusas at El Salvador con Sabor today. After I ordered, it was recommended that I try the spinach & cheese pupusa. I said I'd save it for my next visit...and I will visit again. Thanks for the recommendation.

      2. Has anyone been to the pupuseria in Silver Lake across from Intelligentsia on Sunset?

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        1. re: Hershey Bomar

          Hershey, you're a freak. Digging up a post from 1999...... hahaha.

          I've been meaning to try that pupuseria across from Intelligentsia, but not yet.

          I had a good pupusa at the place on Temple and Beaudry on Christmas Eve. Very low budget, but nice ladies and a pretty good revuelta pupusa.

          1. re: lil mikey

            Is that the same Gloria's that's now on Venice, or is it a different one?

          2. re: Hershey Bomar

            A Salvadoran friend gave that place a big thumbs up. If its good enough for a Salvi...

          3. Some Salvadoran natives that Mrs. O has talked to at work have asserted that our neighborhood place, La Caravana (on North Lake in Pasadena) is the best Salvadoran restaurant in LA County. I have insufficient knowledge of the cuisine to make or confirm such sweeping judgments, but I do know that we've never had anything there that wasn't really good, and all the friends and relatives we've taken there have thanked us for it. Last week we took one of our original Posse members there, and of course we over-ordered madly and wound up taking a bunch of pupusas home. Several days later I thought I'd reheat a couple of them for lunch, along with maybe a salad, and I tossed them into a hot, lightly-greased skillet...and when I came back to full consciousness I was polishing off the last one, and to hell with the salad. Yeah, good.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Their Plato de Mini Pupusas sounds like the way to go. My folks live in Pasadena and hike off the top og Lake so I'm gonna try La Caravana soon.

              1. re: Hershey Bomar

                That Plato was where all the pupusas came from. They're about 4" of stuffed goodness.

                The Plato Loco Tipico (I think it's called) is another good sampler, if you're looking for a sort of tour of El Salvador on a plate. And whatever you do make sure you get the plantains with frijoles and crema...or at least try the beans themselves. Best ever.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  I used to hike in the upper Altadena areas with a Salvadorean that swore by a place off Fair Oaks and I've not investigated, but it was more of a takeout pupuseria.

                  But I finally got off duff and got to La Caravana! Tra la, about time, I was happy to have found another good place to eat!

                  The "Plato Tipico Loco" -- a pupusa of your choice, a tamale, plantains, cassava, mixed rice and beans, cheese and sour cream.

                  I had a lunch there today, and it by almost 2pm when I was leaving, it had several large groups there and had busy the whole time, and a lot of people picked up takeout. I've been meaning to try it for a long time. I asked about bringing a bottle of wine, and despite the language difficulties I think they meant that is okay, not sure if they would charge a corkage fee.
                  I think the beans may have some lard :-) For those of you who might savor or object!

            2. If you ever in Gardena, La Metapaneca 14302 Van Ness Blvd. is really good. Its not too greasy like in other places, and they are a good size. Their platanos frito are very yummy and the portion is big enough to share.

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