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La Caravana - North Pasadena

WildSwede | Jan 24, 200506:15 PM

Stopped by this small Salvadorean restaurant for lunch today. Located at 1306 N Lake, Pasadena (just south of Washington) 626.791.7378. Sun-Thurs 10-9, Fri-Sat 10-10. Menu is chock full of good lookin 'eats: Pupusas, Bistek, Puerco, Chile Relleno, Pacaya Relleno (Stuffed Date Palm), Chicken and Seafood.
I ordered their Plato de Mini Pupusas. You get 9 "mini" pupusas (which are so not mini - I could only eat 4 of them) for $11.95. They have 10 different types of Pupusas: cheese, chicharron, beans & cheese, Revuelta (Pork, Beans & Cheese), Loroco, Pork, Beans, Loroco, Cheese), Chicken & Cheese, Zucchini & Cheese, Jalepeno & Cheese and Pepperoni & Cheese. Yes, you might think the last one is gross, but I was pleasantly surprised - out of the 4 I ate, this was my second favorite (first was plain cheese). The pupusas were served with that delicious spicy marinated cabbage salad and a not-too-hot salsa that complemented the pupusas very well. Very tasty in my opinion. Also, ordered their fresh squeezed lemonade - very good.
I would like to go try their Bistec Encebollado next time.
Nice, small restaurant. Booths on both sides (with wood over to make you have that "I am sitting on a hacienda's porch enjoying this meal" feel, and two-tops down the middle. Word of warning. Communications can be difficult if you do not speak Spanish (like me). Waitress did not try to speak English - just kept repeating what she had said before even thought she was aware that I did not understand by the look of utter confusion on my face. However, apparently I got my point across with gestures and pointing as I received what I wanted. I would recommend this little restaurant if you are in the area, and looking for good Salvadorean food.

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