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Tacos & Pupusas at Guatemala Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale


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Tacos & Pupusas at Guatemala Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale

s.m. koppelman | Aug 19, 2003 04:03 PM

I stopped again at the Guatemalan place I mentioned a couple of days ago, and this time stuck with antojitos: I got a couple of tongue tacos and a cheese pupusa.

The first pleasant surprise is that even though my plate of carne adobada over the weekend came with the usual factory-made tortillas, the tacos ($1.50) get handmade tortillas made one at a time to order, a dollop of masa flattened in the tortilla press and placed on the grill. The second surprise is that pupusas ($2) get the same treatment: a thicker tortilla is grilled, gets some filling, then is sealed up by hand with another tortilla and goes back on the grill.

How was it? The surprisingly sweet, mellow pupusa (using a milder cheese than I've had before) was paired with a decent heated slaw strewn with jalapeno rings. The flavors contrasted less than I'm used to, but it was reet yummy. I've found my Fort Lauderdale pupusa of choice, hands-down.

The tongue in the tacos was a bit on the well-done side, but the cilantro, tomato and onion were decent and the freshly made tortillas made a world of difference, sweet and moist and very much unlike pre-made ones.

As I said before--it's like home cooking. Recommended.

[Guatemala Restaurant, 3673 W. Davie Blvd., just east of 441, Fort Lauderdale. No tables. A few stools.]


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