Although La Bamba closed for remodeling in 2009 for a few months, if I didn't know that I wouldn't notice any changes. They seem to have a brief breakfast menu now and breakfast is served all day.
The pupusas haven't changed. What I wrote in 2006 is the same today.
Richmond - La Bamba – Beyond pupusas ... cream of shrimp soup & fried corn tamales
"This was a soft pupusa oozing with good cheese and pieces of green loroco that I could see, but not taste. They do have some of the best curtido with carrot, cabbage and strongly tasting of the oregano. It was properly wilty, but still had lots of crunch."
This time it was a chicharron pupusa which, like that long ago loroco filling, didn't have much chicharron flavor. I peeked between the masa and saw a light red tint, but that was about it. Still, it was a tasty pupusa.
I'd favor the new Susy's in San Pablo for both pupusas, price, a more extensive menu and decor. Susy's also has the bonus of a good Mexican bakery.
La Palma is a clean but bare bones Latino restaurant. There are a few photos of El Salvador on the wall. An attached room at the entrance has a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Table service is only available in the main room.
Perhaps the work done at La Bamba was in the kitchen. The cooking area might have been updated in terms of the griddle and stove area.
La Palma is still a good choice and if nothing else ... consistant.
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12345 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805