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Mar 16, 2010 08:19 PM


Oh, how I long to try authentic El Salvadorian pupusas. Apparently, they are "disks of corn masa filled with slightly salty quesillo cheese, black beans, shredded pork, the flower buds of loroco (a Central American herb), or any combination thereof." —Saveur Magazine, March 2010 issue

Where, oh where in the GTA can good quality, tasty pupusas be found? The only place I am inclined to check out is Plaza Latina on 9 Milvan Dr. in Toronto. Plaza Latina is said to be a Latin food court servin' up typical Colombian, El Salvadorian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian and Mexican foods. Anyone have any other recommendations...?

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  1. I believe multiple places in Kensington Market carry them (including one of the latin american markets, can't remember which one, sorry).

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    1. re: Boodah

      Perola and Emporio Latino both make pupusas at the back of the store. They are cheap, tasty snacks. A nice stop during a wander through Kensington Market.

      1. re: TorontoJo

        If I'm recalling correctly Perola's has different people running the food stand in the back and they are Mexican and don't make pupusas.

        Passed a place on St. Clair west a couple blocks east of Dufferin on the North side that looked like a good hole in the wall and they had a sign up for pupusas, I've heard the food is good there but I've not tried them myself.

        1. re: bytepusher

          You can still get pupusas at Perola's.

          1. re: Snarf

            I tried the pupusas at Perola's and they were mediocre, at best. The ladies are only cookin' in the back of the store on weekends, Friday-Sunday. The pupusa I got only had cheese in it... though I was expecting at least black beans to be in there. I tried their cactus taco as well, which was mediocre too. With one bite, I was disappointed at how rubbery in texture the melted cheese was in the taco.

            1. re: shelleypascual

              Try the ones at Emporio Latino -- there is a menu of different pupusa fillings to choose from. I like the one with chorizo, cheese and beans.

    2. I love pupusas.

      Tacos El Asador (690 Bloor Street West) near Christie is Salvadorian-run and has pretty good pupusas. I also like Pupusa Loka at 887 Wilson between Keele and Dufferin (menu online at --incidentally a great place to watch soccer, as it has a bit of a sports theme)

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      1. re: themself

        I second the Tacos El Asador recommendation. Great little hole in the wall type of place

        1. re: cubmike74

          El Asador's pupusas are amazing... The have the "regular" corn flour ones as well as rice ones, which are my favourite. Made fresh from scratch. You choose your combination of fillings (beans, squash, cheese, chicharron).

          1. re: absurdistan

            Can't wait to try the rice flour pupusas from El Asador! Thanks.

      2. There's a place on Wilson, between Dufferin and Keele called, La Pupusa Loka. I ate there once and enjoyed the pupusas. It was a couple of years ago, but I think it's still there.

        1. I will definitely check out La Pupusa Loka and/or Tacos El Asador! I'll probably hit up Emporio Latino for their home-made pupusas on a weekend, which is when they make the pupusas apparently. Thanks all!!!

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          1. re: shelleypascual

            I've had pupusas at Emporio Latino during the week. It's possible it was a Friday though.


            1. re: Davwud

              they've started making their full menu everyday of the week, but with specials on wednesdays!

              1. re: jayseeca

                Ooh, do you know what some of the specials are/have been?

          2. On the east end: "El Pulgarcito" (Tom Thumb, I guess because of the owner) on Kennedy, between Lawrence and Ellesmere.
            The place is family-friendly, has lots of seating space and the required big-screen TV with the soccer on...
            The pupusas are excellent, as well as their other dishes: Carne asada (grilled steak with salad and rice), hearty soups, tamales, fried fish, etc.
            The owners are a lovely Salvadoran couple that have made me feel at home for the past 10 years and their prices are very decent.