Good news on the rice flour pupusa front. I found them. Market Latina at Kingsley and 1st in Garland. Seems to be a Central American neighborhood as there is also a Honduran restaurant down the road. Anyways, at Market Latina I've had a pupusa with cheese and lorocco and modongo. They have both corn and flour pupusas, both are solid.
I'm almost afraid to give away the name of this truly hidden Salvadorian gem on W. Davis Street across from Nova in Oak Cliff.
Tienda La Campina Salvadorena
It's a Salvadorian grocery store with a small kitchen in the back where the non-English speaking ladies are cooking home made Salvadorian specialties including the VERY BEST PUPUSA anywhere in DFW!
All made to order in a very clean, friendly restaurant in the rear of the grocery ~
Eat like a king for the price of a pauper. And, it's BYOB.
Be hungry my friends.
First time I had a pupusa was Gloria's in Addison. I was addicted, but wanted a quicker experience than Gloria's... For that, hands down favorite is Pupusa Mama Titas on west side of Webb Chapel right at Beltline Rd.
Actually most of the food at Mama Titas is good. They have many varieties of pupusas - pork, loroco, ayote, beans, cheese. I also like the slaw especially when it's super spicy. The plantains and crema come with chicharron which is a nice touch, especially if you get them fresh and hot! Fried pork - what's not to love?! I get extra. For me, that ultimate bite is a piece of pork and cheese pupusa topped with beans, plantain, and crema. Salty, sweet and oh so mmmMM! It also nice that it's a family run place and everyone is very friendly. I do recommend calling ahead if you already know what you want. It's just what's done.
Although this always comes up it would be a nice venture around the burbs to see who actually has the best. Mama Titas has been around for such a long time I would think there would have to be a challenger out there by now.
I don't have any qualms about recommending Mama Titas just I can't say definitely this is the best, no offense HalfBaked. I honestly haven't tried every papusa place in town. It is hard to convince people to try them and it is hard to make a judgment based solely on one or two varities that you have had at a particular establishment.
Maybe we can put a scorecard together and rank each item:
Selection of ingredients/fillings
Quality of Masa
Freshness of curtido
Spicyness of curtido
No offense taken.
I didn't actually say they were the best, so definitely looking forward to recs on this post! :)
For me, Mama Titas is a quick favorite and actually still love me a Gloria's papusa. One that I did not care for was the Guatemalan place across the street from Mama Titas. They seemed rubbery to me. Not sure if this means they use different ingredients or what.
I am kinda picky when it comes to this type of food as I grew up on my abuela's fresh Yucatan tamales and homemade empanadas.
Now her empanadas... I digress.. I have never been able to find, anywhere. She used a ground corn masa and fried them after sealing shredded beef and potato inside. She served it with salsa rioja. OMG I could eat 20 right now.
If you find yourself in the Fort Worth area check out
Pupuseria Dona Carmen-1712 N Sylvania
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Market Latina-3309 N Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76106
Check with Vicky Zamora, the owner of La Victoria on Haskell near Ross - see http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-victoria-d... for contact information. Vicky is a Tex-Mexpert and knows a woman in East Dallas who makes "the abolsute best pupusas" fresh to your order out of her home.
1605 N Haskell Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Lilliam Pupuseria Restaurant
2410 West Miller Road
Garland, TX 75041-1301
2121 West Rochelle Road
Irving, TX 75062-7010
I've been to at least a dozen, these have been my favorites. You can't go wrong with any of the ones in Garland. You CAN go wrong with a place that tries to mix salvadoran and mexican. You can go VERY wrong with restaurants run by former Gloria's managers(Mario Sabino's).
Antojitos Salvadorenos Restaurant
2121 W Rochelle Rd, Irving, TX 75062