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Balompie Cafe - first time report


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Balompie Cafe - first time report

brian j | | Jan 26, 2009 10:35 AM

I've been wanting to try a good pupusa since my first taste of one at a street fest last year. The one I had at the street fest was decent, but sorta greasy.

I arrived at Balompie around 5pm on Saturday. The place was humming and nearly full, but I managed to snag a small table for myself up front. Ordered a housemade Pineapple juice and three pupusas: bean & cheese, chicharron & cheese, and chorizo & cheese. The bean and chicharron one were 2 for $5 or so I believe. The chorizo one was listed under the special pupusas category and cost more at $3.50.

I waited patiently and finally my server brought out three small dishes with pickled cabbage, pickled veggies and hot sauce. Next arrived my plate of three pupusas. They looked amazing, sorta like thick pancakes, with some nice golden brown spots on em. All three were delicious, but my favorite was definitely the chorizo & cheese. Second favorite was the chicharron & cheese. I definitely could have just eaten two of these, but I wanted to try a few, so I stuffed myself.

The pickled veggies were tastey, but could possibly use a bit more zip. The hot sauce was good, yet unimpressive, but it didn't matter as the pupusas were delicious enough on their own.

Now I'm wondering where I should get my next pupusa fix from...

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