Pupusas should always be made fresh to order, says ozzygee–otherwise you’re just getting a stale tortilla. Fortunately, plenty of Salvadoran places pat ‘em out the old fashioned way.

Sarita’s pupusas are a bit more expensive than most ($2), but they’re bigger, and there are almost 20 choices of fillings (like shrimp, jalapeno, or potato) as opposed to the usual three (cheese, beans, or pork-cheese-beans, a.k.a. revuelta). They’re really good, fresh, and pretty much the only problem is that it takes forever at lunch, and you’re unlikely to nab one of the six counter seats.

To order pupusas at La Paz, a little Spanish vocabulary helps–they don’t speak English. (Cheese = queso, frijoles = beans, and pupusa = pupusa.) Despite the language barrier, the ladies who run this place are really friendly, says lil mikey.

On weekends, he adds, there are half a dozen pupusa carts over by Olvera Street. lil mikey likes the one at Spring and Cesar Chavez run by a lady who looks about 90. It’s not for the finicky, though: “She makes ‘em up and stacks them on her grill. When you ask for one with frijoles y queso, she methodically digs her finger into the already prepared pupusas to determine which one fits the bill. When she finds the right one, she plops it onto a paper plate and gives you one napkin.” A little grungy, but good.

El Buen Gusto is great for Salvadoran food, including pupusas. Note that the San Fernando Road location has moved to Fletcher.

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