My friends and I finally found a time for everyone in our group to meet up for Salvadorean food, the first stop in our quest to eat the cuisine of the 'host' for that week. This place was chosen by my Salvodorean friend, who said that his uncle used to take him here when he was a kid.
It's tucked away in a little mini-mall and since the sign wasn't lit up that night, we actually missed it. Decor is nothing to speak of: about a dozen large Vinyl booths, a bar at the far end of the restaurant, and a small dance floor with a jukebox.
We started with several of their meat and cheese pupusas to share. Both were good, but the edge goes to the meat pupusa which was made with shredded beef and mixed with beans for a very creamy, meaty taste. Add the cabbage salsa on top and it was a very satisfying appetizer. In fact, I probably could have had 2 or 3 pupusas just as my meal and been happy!
My entree was the Sopa de Pollo Indio - basically, a chicken soup chockful of rice and veggies (squash, corn, carrots) with a grilled half chicken and salad on the side. The soup was wonderful - the broth was rich and clear. The grilled chicken was a bit dry. I can't remember what everyone else had but I do recall the Beef Encebollado was very tasty and oniony. My favorite was my friend's Caldo de Res that came with tripe in it. Broth was beefy and tripe was firm and just slightly chewy, as it should be.
For dessert, we shared what was basically plaintains stuff with cream and deepfried. SO good.
Portions were a good size and price was very reasonable. The pupusas were about $1.50 each, entrees around $10. As we were here on a Tuesday night, there wasn't much business but you can be sure that I'm going back some time!
El Buen Gusto Salvadoreno
19265 Roscoe Blvd
Phone: (818) 993-1404