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Mar 14, 2008 07:43 PM

Good Salvadorian food in or near Echo Park

I have some out-of-town visitors with some dietary restrictions here in Echo Park who would like to eat some Salvadorian food. Also, since the demise of my favorite local Salvadorian restaurant (Café La Paz), I'm curious about other nearby Salvadorian places.

Does anybody know about Nuvia's on Sunset? I think it's where La Fe used to be. What do people think of the place at the intersection of Glendale, Alvarado, and Berkeley? What about Los Cobanos?

(Some of the visitors are vegetarian except for fish; some are very allergic to eggs and avoid wheat and cheese. Because one of the visitors is a three-year-old child, it makes the most sense for us to get take-out.)

I might get take-out from Atlacatl, though I'm a little mystified as to what to get the more allergic types. I guess pupusas with beans but no cheese, and fish with no breading with more beans...

Any thoughts are welcome, whether about what would be good for my visitors, or about local Salvadorian places in general. And if anyone knows whether Café La Paz relocated, please do tell.


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  1. I know of a place in Highland Park called Las Casuelas, which is very good. Another place that has been recommended to me, but which I have not tried, is called El Arco Iris (also in Highland Park).

    I don't know of anything in Echo Park personally, but I imagine that there are very good Salvadoran restaurants there.

    El Arco Iris
    5684 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

    1. El Arco Iris is a Mexican Resturant..
      El Buen Gusto in Atwater is the best Salvadorian in the area, there are two locations I frequent the location on Glendale Blvd and no need to do take-out as they are VERY baby and toddler friendly (most latin places are!).
      The veg/no wheat people I think will have some you stated seafood (buen gusto has a good shrimp dish) also platanos and beans (minus crema? maybe not so good..).
      I have not been to La Fogata ( the Glendale/Alvarado place). I did not like La Fe that much, but yes Cafe la Paz was good I am pretty sure that they did not relocate. Besides those places there are, to my knowledge, no other Salvadorian restaurants in Echo Park. On Sunset in Silverlake there is a place, was there once, did not bekon me back for a second time. There are plenty of choices in the Mac Arthur Park area though...

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      1. re: LaLa Eat

        Thank you for the correction. I thought El Arco Iris was Salvadoran, but I have never been there. :-)

        Las Casuelas has both Salvadoran and Mexican food. I like their pupusas, and they bring out a big jar of curtido (pickled cabbage) with your pupusa order, which is yummy.

        El Buen Gusto sounds great.

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        El Buen Gusto Restaurant Fmly
        3140 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

        1. Thanks to both of you for your suggestions!

          I had forgotten about El Buen Gusto -- I've seen it but haven't been there -- sounds good. Thanks also for considering my visitors' dietary restrictions -- I left some out -- the veg/no wheat person is also low carb! But I think she makes an exception for pupusas ;-)

          I'll also look into Las Casuelas, Abundant curtido is definitely a plus. I've heard of El Arco Iris for Mexican but have never been there.