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La Curva -- Salvadoran in Flushing

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La Curva -- Salvadoran in Flushing

Eric Eto | Nov 27, 2004 07:43 PM

While taking a fellow hound on a chow tour in Queens, we stopped at a Salvadoran place in Flushing at a slightly out-of-the-way joint on College Point Ave near Samford (very close to the Western Beef store). It's located in a small Queens-style strip mall with a Halal food shop, tire shop, Chinese massage joint, and a few other businesses. Upon looking at the menu, you might notice that La Curva claims to specialize in seafood. We just wanted to get a few pupusas as an afternoon snack, but was sufficiently intrigued by the seafood specialty. The pupusas selection consisted of the standard queso (cheese) or revueltas (pork) as well as a loroco (lima bean and cheese) pupusa I've never encountered before. We got one of each and and order of the shrimp ceviche. The shrimp ceviche was awful. However, the pupusas were quite decent. Pupusas in and of themselves don't seem to ever reach the blow your mind category, but they seem to stay within a standard deviation of good. That is to say, while some pupusas are better than others, I don't think I've ever had an awful pupusa, and La Curva provided perfectly good ones. The lima bean (loroco) pupusa with cheese was interesting, with the flavor of bean within the oozing cheese. The curtido (cabbage slaw) and the tomato sauce were very standard as well. Flushing seems like an unlikely place to find a Salvadoran restaurant, but there it is, a few blocks from the epicenter of Chinese culinary wonderland.

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