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Pupusas at El Rinconcito Cafe (1326 Park Rd., Colombia Heights, DC)

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Pupusas at El Rinconcito Cafe (1326 Park Rd., Colombia Heights, DC)

cimui | Jan 1, 2010 09:59 PM

How do the pupusas and tamales compare to those at other restaurants in the DC area?

I really enjoyed mine, there. By NYC area standards, the pupusas were quite brilliant. My bean and cheese pupusa had a fragrant, tender crust, and a good, balanced ratio of beans to cheese.

Also loved the salsa served with complimentary chips prior to the meals (though chips were very stale), the flavorful beans and rice, and the curtido. I liked the strong plantain leaf scent of the tamales and the very creamy texture -- far creamier than the Mexican tamales I am more familiar with. The ones I had were filled with garbanzo beans and potatoes.

Did not enjoy the enchiladas, which were made with wheat tortillas, filled with oversalted ground beef (or the slightly better shredded chicken) and then topped with copious amounts of oily cheese.

A lot of folks were eating soups and stews, which looked and smelled incredibly good. If I hadn't had a bowl of pho earlier in the day and come hungrier I would've tried one of those, too.

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