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Mar 28, 2010 09:03 AM

Buttonwillow: Tita's Loncheria fabulous pupusas

Many years ago when I set about to learn about pupusas, Tita's was my first or maybe second pupusa. I thought it was great.

Many years and pupusas later, Tita';s is still the best I've ever had. The $2,75 cheese and squash pupusa covered a dinner-sized paper plate, oozing cheesy goodness. A bag with lots of curtido, chopped cabbage, remains the best in that category, even better than I remember. Even the red sauce was great. It was a filling meal.

My friend had two tacos for $1 which he said were good but on the greasy side. There is a salsa and condiment tray to the right on the truck.

The five star rating is for the pupusa.

The restaurant is 3 miles in town. However, the lunch truck, open 9am - midnight (and 2 am some nights), is right off the exit almost across the street from motel 6

Tita's also serves breakfast burritos, menudo, tacos (including tripas and fish), tortas, burritos, sopes, combo plates and Salvadoran tamales. They were doing a brisk business and we were the only gringos there. Nice people running the truck.

The area has added lots of places since I was forced to spend a few days in the Buttonwillow Motel 6 due to an ill cat. God bless Motel 6 for taking pets.

At that time it was only fast food and a truck stop which forced me to drive three miles into the town to find other eats ... and there was Tita's. There are at least a half dozen places right on the freeway including a Mexican buffet.

My guess is that Tita's is still the best bet. Highly recommended for the pupusas.

There are lots of outdoor picnic tables with an awning to keep off the sun.

Tita's Restaurante y Pupuseria
20643 Tracy Ave, Buttonwillow, CA 93206

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  1. Thanks for the update on this place, rw. I'm guessing this means you're finally on your way to Guatemala? Wishing you a great and choworthy trip.



    1. rworange, thanks for the report. I skipped the downtown outlet because someone has marked it Closed in Google Maps, and I wasn't impressed with the location along I-5.

      BTW your links are duplicate and don't show the downtown address (formerly 380 Front St). Wonderful new 'feature' *cough*.

      1. I've started a list to track rwo's progress from Sonoma County to Guatemala.
        Mostly I wanted the map to get a physical sense of where she's been, so I'm pretty terse on the descriptions. You can cut and paste the url's to read her original posts.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Thanks Melanie, When I'm settled I plan to recap as "Chowhounding across American and beyond using a gps". Your list will be a help to me.

          It is not that the gps was such a help but it did pull out some places passing thru towns like an Indian Fry bread place in arizone, a brazilian place in the middle of the dessert and two smokehouses in Texas.

          Oddly none of my finds came from the gps or even chowhound queries ... tho I should have taken up the one in Demming. Bottom line, I ate well because of what I learned on Chowhound ... and the hundreds of places I've eaten in the Bay Area the past few years, honing my skills. After practice you get a feel for what migh be good.

          Don't know how much Chowhounding I'll do in Mexico. The advice from the lawyer, my drivers friends and a whole bunch of other people is stop as little as possible ... gas and hotel and that is it. Mexico is extremely dangerous right now. We'll see.

          Thanks for putting together that list. It will be helpful with my GPS

          1. re: rworange

            That's what I'm hearing about Mexico too. I was glad to see that you've been hugging the border. You might have only one overnight in Mexico.

            As far as chowhounding, google maps show restaurants on them so you can see what's close to your location. It could be useful to see what's around the corner and out of your line of sight.

        2. What a coincidence! We stopped here on a whim on our way back from Newport Beach. I also really enjoyed Tita's Loncheria. We tried the Loroco and cheese pupusa as well as the squash pupusa. HUGE portions, delicios food!

          Glad to see it's popular on CH too!

          Tita's Restaurante y Pupuseria
          20643 Tracy Ave, Buttonwillow, CA 93206

          1. Tita's is now called Tita's Restaurante y Pupuseria and is in an ex-fast-food building across from McDonalds just off I-5 at exit 257. I stopped there in both directions this past holiday weekend and the pupusas were great both times, as was the chicken tamal I also got on the way down. The menu is extensive instead of limited, so try it all! I'm passing this place on to everyone I know as "the" place to stop on I-5 between the San Francisco Bay Area and LA.

            A few photos:

            Tita's Restaurante y Pupuseria
            20643 Tracy Ave, Buttonwillow, CA 93206

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