Had brunch at Balonpie this past Sunday and for the first time something clicked with me about popusas. Had been to Panchitas #3 where they pile them and drizzle crema and salsa over them like a Jackson Pollock painting. The masa gets drenched and the flavors diluted. Also had them several years ago at Zocalo where I recall them as being heavy, doughy and not that interesting. The popusas at Balonpie had a wonderful corn flavor, were light, crisp on the outside, and filled with good quality cheese, loroco vegetable or chicharron or beans. The slaw that they serve with it (repollo I think is the name) was better than any other. Their eggs with chorizo and the rice and beans were also very competent. But the popusas were the stars. Overall a great low key place to have brunch or lunch in the Mission.
It is at 18th and Capp in SF.