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lawstudent Apr 9, 2009 06:57 PM

The new one on Hampson St. Has anyone tried it yet? I've been wanting to try the latin style brunch but have not heard anything about the place.

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    jolieblonde Aug 27, 2009 04:12 PM

    Fantastic food! Tasty pupusas and the Carne Asada is delicious...always cooked perfectly. it might be a bit pricey for what it is, but I don't mind paying for good food and good service. BYOB helps keep their costs down though, and the casual dining experience there is a good one. Clean place, too.

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      mimadeli Sep 6, 2009 02:10 PM

      We just ate brunch there, and the huevos rancheros were delicious - very fresh ingredients, nice presentation - there were two, served with black beans, 2 slices french bread, some plantains, chorizo and avocado. My BF had 3 pupusas with slaw, and the pupusas were delicious - the bill was a little over $20 without drinks. The restaurant is small but very clean and colorful, and the wait was minimal.

      There is a lunch special menu, and the dinner menu items averaged $15 - we'll definitely be going back.

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      lawstudent Aug 27, 2009 02:01 PM

      I can't believe no one likes this place. I have been a couple of times in the past month or so and I love it. The enchiladas (which are actually tostadas) are really tasty, along with the pupusas. It all seemed fresh and in good portions to me.

      I do think 14 bucks for one pupusa, on enchilada/tostada, beans, and plantains is a bit much, but I was definitely full.

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        N.O.Food Aug 27, 2009 04:14 PM

        Wait... who didn't like it? Also, where you in school? I'm at Loyola, fyi.

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          lawstudent Sep 3, 2009 11:01 AM

          It seemed like the above people like it a little but didn't think it was worth returning.

          I am no longer a law student, actually. I graduated in May from Tulane.

      2. uptownlibrarian Apr 11, 2009 09:12 AM

        +1 on tasty, but not worth the money for the small servings.

        N.O. Food, I really like the pupusas at Taqueria Guerrero on Carrollton next to Angelo Brocato's. That is a good pupusa option "without going to the westbank, metry, or Kenner."

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          N.O.Food Apr 11, 2009 11:25 AM

          We went there when it first opened - I guess almost 2 years ago. We thought it was awful, and I don't recall them having pupusas on the menu. Perhaps they've added them in the time since they opened? I'll have to give them another shot. I'm always looking out for pupusas. Thanks for the heads-up.

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          midcity Apr 10, 2009 09:39 AM

          I have the same issues as the other two posters. This place is right around the corner from my house, and I try to patronize a neighborhood place at least one night a week. I really WANTED to like this place. I came in one night and ordered plantains and pupusas for takeout. The staff were very gracious and courteous, and they gave me a free drink while I waited. But when I got home, I found that there really wasn't much food for what I paid. I mean, I didn't want to be stuffed, but to my thinking, an appetizer/side and an entree shouldn't leave me still hungry for a salad or some fruit afterwards. I'll go again, but my hopes are not very high.

          One thought--this might be the kind of place that is more fun if you bring a few friends and all share a bunch of small plates and entrees.

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            Isabella Apr 10, 2009 09:02 AM

            I found the food to be good. I had the home roasted turkey sandwich.
            It was about po boy size, but I swear to you it had around 3 oz of turkey on it.
            Very skimpy. I think it was about $12.

            The plantains are frozen & well not the worst, certainly not the best.
            All in all, I thought the food was just good, and I left hungry. And paid too much for what I rec'd. I really wish these folks well, but it just didn't do it for me.

            A friend went this week & basically told me the same thing I just told you & said she would not be going back.

            1. N.O.Food Apr 9, 2009 09:06 PM

              Yep. Been probably 5 times since they opened. Haven't done the brunch yet, but the pupusas and everything else have all been really good. Cash only, but they have an atm inside. It's great to be able to get pupusas without going to the westbank, metry, or Kenner. I love those things! If I could only get them to start serving Chan Tea all will be right with the world.

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