This is a much overlooked El Salvadoran place about a block and a half east of that current foodie mecca, Beacon, and we had a wonderful meal there last night. We have gone a few other times, but last night was one of the best ever.
We all started with a simple green salad, which was mildly chilled iceberg, carrot shreds, red cabbage shreds (but LOTS of both, not the perfunctory dribbles you'd get if you just poured a lettuce bag onto a plate), and a mild ranch style dressing. All salads were gobbled up by all, including 3 under 9 year olds with reputations for picky eating. We ordered one bean pupusa, and one cheese pupusa, which came absolutely fresh and piping hot. Cut them into quarters and gobbled em down.
We split three entrees between two adults and three picky eaters: the chicken #4 (apologies, the name utterly escapes me), which was a good sized leg and a good sized thigh in a creamy sauce with amazingly sweet onions draping the whole thing. IT reminded me of my grandmother's chicken paprikash -- the chicken was very tender and that sauce was just amazing. That dish made the meal. Green salad, rice and beans and plantains come with all entrees.
I had the shrimp with tomatoes which a hound had recommended months ago--probably about 10 plump smallish shrimp lounging on a large lettuce leaf amid a sauce of yes, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions. Great.
Carne asada was our other entree, and the meat was excellent, but it didn't have the revelatory taste of the other two dishes.
Service is not as agonizingly slow as some would make out, when you consider that all the food is cooked to order, though I must concede, our Negro Modelos were not cooked to order and it took them about 10-15 minutes to show up with our drinks. Other than that, service was reasonable and our server was friendly.
Total for 2 pupusas ($2 each), three entrees, an extra green salad, 3 beers and 3 milks -- $50, plus a $10 tip. Can't beat that.
I'm not sure if they still do jazz on Mondays, but they look to have an interesting flamenco show going on Sundays at 7:30 for an extra $10 cover.
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