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Mar 13, 2008 08:49 AM

Pupusa truck sighting [Fresno]

Need help here from all the eagle eyed hounds in the 'burg. Last night around 8 pm returning from another stellar mini-chowdown at Thai Royal Orchid, driving west on Herndon approaching Blackstone we came up on a big white taco truck with large blue lettering on the back and side with just the word "Pupusas" on it, nicely painted in blue letters with a darker outline. As we passed it I caught the name La Sabrosita on the front panel of the driver's side.

I'm still kicking myself for not listening to LadyPB's advice to follow him. I've googled the name with no luck. My guess is the driver may have been heading home to somewhere in the Pinedale area (NW of the intersection).

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  1. OMG, when you catch up with him - would you PLEASE send him to SLO county?! that is one thing I have YET to see up here! Yum, yum!

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    1. re: paso_gurl_100

      You're so right, have yet to catch a glimpse of pupusas south of Seaside. I assume all would change entering the LA basin.

      1. re: PolarBear

        There are pupusas in Santa Maria on W Main, one block west of Broadway in the old Brick's Cafe building. Santa Maria is the well for cocina centro americana on the central coast.

        1. re: PolarBear

          The new Burrito King in Madera at Gateway/north of the Fourth Street exit has pupusas on their menu. They've been open three months now and we just tried it last Sat night. I guess the name of the place was a turn off for me. We tried the carnitas sopes - wonderful and moist carnitas over homemade sopes. The abondigas soup was also tasty as well as the shrimp ceviche tostadas. Pretty decent martinis so we'll be back for happy hour later this week and maybe to try the pupusas. Oh...and we were suprised at the nice decor of the place - a definite improvement over most of the dive burritos places in Madera.

          1. re: liljan

            Thanks for the heads up, liljan. I'll add this to my "Driving 99" list.

      2. I saw the truck this evening going east on Herndon and memorized the address:

        La Sabrosita
        1639 W Orange in Fresno. (Might have been 1839, but I don't think so.)

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        1. re: KenWritez

          Well if I happen to see something that looks like a convoy of cars following a big white taco truck, I'll know who it is. :))

        2. The Sturdy Wench says there is a restaurant featuring pupusas in downtown, on Divisadero, If you travel from the jail to Julia's #2 on (Divisadero?), you pass it on the right. I now remember seeing this place, but have no info on it.

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          1. re: KenWritez

            I think this was our favorite spot that closed not too long ago, NE corner of Fresno St. and McKenzie, at the light just past the hospital on Divisadero travelling north? Sadly, RIP, they did great pupusas and were wonderful people. Although my BIL just popped in and we wonder if the SW was heading NW on Van Ness or some such street, if so we may have a new candidate.

            I managed to drop by 1629 S. Orange today, in a nutshell, got a phone number for the boss there, it's a taco truck parking lot/catering center, will follow up manana.
            BTW, do you recall what time in the evening you saw the truck heading east on Herndon? Starting to appear that there might be a north Fresno E-W arrangement going.

            1. re: PolarBear

              Hmmm, not recalling the exact time, but it was late afternoon.

              BTW, have you tried Julia's #2? It's one of the SW's favortite spots and I've enjoyed the food every time I've been there. The service is remarkably good; the waitress has always been friendly, willing to accomodate special orders, and does a good job of keeping an eye on your drink levels.

              1. re: KenWritez

                Julia's is a favorite although I have to admit to being in a huevos rancheros rut whenever I go there. Must branch out and try more of the menu, what else have you enjoyed there?

                1. re: PolarBear

                  Interestingly enough, a coworker of mine walked into work with a t-shirt that said "Got Pupusas?" given that this thread has had me quite entertained and intrigued I asked him where he could find pupusas. He confirmed the place on Divisidero, and added another location which is located near Chestnut and Kings Canyon. After a little Googling I found this:


                  Which sent me to this:


                  Mon-Sun 7:00 AM-10:00 PM
                  4831 E. Butler Ave.
                  Fresno, Ca. 93727
                  Phone: 559-455-0179

                  Hope that helps!!

                  1. re: PolarBear

                    The chile colorado is muy excellente, it's what I get when I go. I know, I know, I need to branch out same as you.

                2. re: PolarBear

                  Rincon SalvadoreƱo was at Fresno and McKenzie, back in the day. RIP. I think they did not only the masa pupusas, but also the rice pupusas.

                  Edited to add link:
         (PB's report)

              2. I spoke with the boss man on S. Orange today, according to him the truck can be found at the Cherry Auction on weekends (Sat-Sun). He also said they have a restaurant somewhere on Belmont, couldn't recall any names or more specific location.

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                1. re: PolarBear

                  What or where is the Cherry Auction?

                  1. re: KenWritez

                    It's a flea market that's been around as long as I can remember at the NE corner of S. Cherry and American Aves. just east of Easton and the new Hwy 41.


                2. Hey PB, I don't know anything about the place on Belmont you are looking for. However, I have a small note in my food file regarding a potential spot for pupusas, Ambiente Tropical. I have no idea if they are good or not or any real info, only that at one point in time they did serve pupusas along with some other Latin favorites. Might be worth a look.

                  Ambiente Tropical
                  4422 East Kings Canyon Road, Fresno, CA 93702

                  Edited to add: just called them and they are open every day from 9am until 8:30pm and they do serve pupusas. Hmmm, I think I am getting hungry!

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                  1. re: glazebrookgirl

                    Random googling brought up this recent article in Fresno Famous regarding pupusas at Broadway and Divisadero St. A new spot called Laurita's.


                    Ok, I'll stop googling now...

                    1. re: glazebrookgirl

                      Thanks for digging that up gbg. The time I went by they were closed and I really couldn't tell if it was just that day or permanently. Good to hear we have a number of places to explore, Laurita's is at the top of my list.