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Oakland/Fruitvale update

Ruth Lafler | May 17, 200310:00 PM

I did a little foraging in Fruitvale the last couple of days -- trying a couple of new things.

First the bad news: I only know of one Salvadoran restaurant in Fruitvale: Los Cocos on Fruitvale half a block east of International. I finally got around to trying it and was disappointed: the pupusas were overly thick and doughy, and were bland. I also ordered the chile relleno stuffed with beef. It was okay ... better than the pupusas but nothing to write here about.

Chowfish had told me that the walk-up window at Taqueria San Jose (3400 block of International) had fresh, housemade potato chips. They didn't have any, but I got the scoop: the guys makes them late at night and bags them in the morning ... by evening they're usually sold out.

The good news: I finally found the Churro maker Melanie had posted about last year. He's on the corner of 38th and International, frying up churros in his cart with a built in deep fryer (very impressive). They're delicious: lighter, crisper and less doughy than the churros I've had before. He said he's usually in that spot every day from 4-8 pm. Worth a stop!


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