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El Rinconcito -- Salvadoran in Lauderhill (W. Broward)

s.m. koppelman | Nov 25, 200305:59 PM

Just a heads up for those looking for a good Central American tamale or pupusa in the suburbs, for those times when you're just not in Ft. Lauderdale proper where most of the Salvadoran restaurants are..

El Rinconcito is a no-frills coffee shop with a counter and tables, clean, basic and brightly lit. They've got a closed kitchen, so folks from the "see no evil" school of immigrant-community chowhounding can relax.

All I had was a cheese and pork [queso y chicharron] pupusa. It was handmade to order, with a pleasantly sweet, fresh-tasting shell, and bitter-but-not-too-bitter melted cheese inside. The slaw was crisp and mildly vinegary (it looked suspiciously like it was made from packaged pre-shredded cabbage and carrots, but it was fine). The red and green salsas were hotter and tangier than what I usually run across. All in all, a perfectly fine pupusa fix and like any good pupusa, a darned fine $2 snack if ever there was one. I have no idea how their other food is.

[El Rinconcito, in a plaza a block or so south of Southgate on NW 81st Ave. in Lauderhill]

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