Following the great advice of previous posters, my girlfriend and I stopped at Tita's Pupuserias this past weekend on a drive from SF to LA. At first it seemed like it might be a challenge to find Tita's, as we took the Buttonwillow exit but saw neither the Starbucks nor Carl's Jr. that was mentioned in Krys Stanley's post (perhaps we were coming from the other direction or even took a different exit). But the sign for Buttonwillow took us on Route 58 right into town after just a few minutes. We turned left at the T-junction and drove a few blocks, past Main St., and found Tita's on the lefthand side (though the street sign did not say "Front st."--I forget now what it did say.)
Tita was gracious and warm, and happy to explain the menu options to non-Spanish speakers (not that this was really needed, as the menu is bilingual). We enjoyed our orders of cheese pupusas and cheese/loroca pupusas. To be honest, I'm not sure I could really taste the loroca. It is chopped up fine and mixed with the cheese and doesn't seem to have a strong flavor or texture. The corrida was also really tasty and added some zing to these somewhat bland, frisbee shaped treats. As a vegetarian who has become more of an "opportunistic feeder" since my college days, I chose to ignore the slightly meaty (lardy?) flavor of the pupusas. The accompanying refried beans, though, which my girlfriend loved, were way too meaty tasting for me.
We also enjoyed the clean, homey atmosphere, pretty decorations, and listening to our fellow diners (two UPS drivers and a couple of seemingly local guys) chatting in perfect Spanglish over leisurely lunches.
Sadly, Tita was already out of tamales for the day (this was around 2 PM on a Saturday). But she sent us back on our way full and contented. Tita's brightened up our boring I-5 drive, and helped these two Chicago-based hounds accomplish our goal of a week's vacation out west with NO fast food!
Tita's Pupuserias Restaurante
180 West Front St.
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