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La Estrella and Divino Salvador...More York Blvd. Goodness

chris o | Apr 30, 200305:21 PM

A couple more cheap dining experiences on York. First, Divino Salvador, 5816 York Blvd. A little break from the Mexican, this place serves Pupusas and other Salvadoran foods. Got there a little after 12, the place was completely empty. One other couple came in before I left, it's a wonder how some of these places stay in business. A few things turned me off about this place. First of all, the matron was mopping the floor and the whole place smelled vaguely of Amonia. Well, points for cleanliness. Other thing that gave me slight pause was a wall built around the edge of the counter, the purpose of which seemed to be to make it harder to see into the kitchen. But, on to the food. Pupusas are nice and cheap--about $1.50 a piece, with your choice of fillings. I got cheese, beans and pork in mine. They gave me a big plastic container full of spicy slaw all to myself (me being the only customer), and a huge container of thin tomato/chili sauce. Good stuff, although since this is only the second Pupusa I've had in my life I can't really give an expert opinion. They also serve it with pepperoni, which seems interesting, or with lorca (sp?), which she told me was a flower of some sort (is this the traditional pupusa filling?).

La Estrella is a taco truck parked out front of an appliance shop. They serve tacos and burritos, filled with asada, pastor, carnitas, cabeza, tripa and lengue. I got one asada and one pastor. Buck a piece. Like Tacos Michuacan, they were not the best I've ever had, but darn tasty, greasy, and more than worth the price. Very spicy salsa all over them, onions and cilantro, and radishes and lemon on the side. Good place for a cheap snack, and I'd probably pick it over Michuacan just on the basis of speediness.

I'm running out of tacos to try on the blvd. All that's left is the despised Villa Sombrero, and a couple of fish taco places, which I'll probably skip because (a) I'm not too crazy about seafood in general and (b) Senor Fish is right down the street, and they're hard to beat. There is one more tacqueria on York, east of Figueroa, which might be worth checking out.

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