This is probably old news to many, but Grand Central Market pupusas are delicious!
The Salvadoran pupusa stand is located on the northern side of the market, near the middle. I'd only had one pupusa before, somewhere in Culver City, and hadn't been too wowed. However, I had read somewhere this was a popular spot, so I decided to sample another one.
The pupusa took a very long time to make. That was OK because I wasn't in a rush. I watched a whole batch of pupusas being squashed out of some kind of meal, loaded up with fillings, and placed on the griddle like pancakes. The smell of them cooking was intoxicating.
The counter was in bad need of a wipe-down after the lunch rush, and I decided when the food arrived I'd go find a table somewhere nearby.
When the pupusa was finally served, I was impressed with its size. I poured some of the mysterious red sauce out of a huge jug which sat nearby. Just a touch in case I didn't like it. I dipped in for the first bite.
The pupusa oozed gooey white cheese and beans as I cut into it. The taste and texture were both sublime, and the sauce an excellent but not overwhelming compliment. I quickly put on more sauce, and began digging away. I was delighted to find the pupusa not too greasy, but definitely well flavored by the oil, like a pancake!
It was a bit of a workout trying to cut this pupusa with a plastic fork and knife on a paper plate. If I lived nearby I'd take it to go and put it on a real dish. In any event, this was no biggie, as this pupusa was making me very happy, and very full.
At $2, the pupusa is quite a bargain. Just one could easily fill most people, and two would certainly be way more than enough. There were quite a few varieties, including pork-filled, carne asada-filled, carrot-filled, even squash filled. And all were $2.
Grand Central Market isn't really convenient for anyone, unless you live downtown. It's right next to the under-reconstruciton Angel's Flight, between Broadway and Hill near Third. People seemed to be validating parking, so perhaps that's an option. Otherwise, parking down there is outrageous. I happened to have parked in Chinatown for $3 and taken the Metro, as I was on my way to a walking tour. I suppose one could pop over to grab a pupusa after a Disney Hall concert.
Anyhow, if you're a fan of good food, they're definitely tasty. Go enjoy a pupusa!
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