A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Le Paradis, a Vietnamese restaurant on Mission Blvd. in Hayward. Two doors down I spied a new restaurnt (or new for me) called Los Planes de Renderos. Today, I ate lunch there.
Mission Blvd. is a bear to finding on, so its good to know that Los Planes has parking on the side. The restaurant itself is simply decorated with a painting of a woman (almost a mural, really) making pupusas in a country setting. The tables are formica.
I ordered a pupusa de pork, cheese and beans ($1.80)and a plain chicken pupusa (1.70). The lovely waitstaff took my order and moments later I heard music to my ears: the pat, pat, pat of the pupusa being formed. I settled in contented. Five or so minutes later, my waitress returned to my table with two bowls: one of a mild chile salsa bursting with flavor and the tangy cole slaw, studded with carrot pieces and flakes of red pepper. The salsa and the cole slaw were very good.
My two pupusas arrived several minutes later. They were piping hot. The pork pupusa was fabulous. First off, the flavor blends of pork, cheese and beans is a real comfort food and when the three are surrounded by a mouthful of seared maiz, there really isn't much better in the world. The chicken pupusa was ok. The meat was bland, but it still was enclosed in that incredible corn tortilla and, smothered with the salsa and cole slaw, was pretty tasty.
The right side of the menu has a few Mexican dishes, but who cares when there are pupusas! They also make Horchata which I will try next time.
Los Planes de Renderos
22841 Mission Blvd (between D and Jackson)