When going to a Salvadoran place, "Always get the pupusas", sayeth Tyler Cowen. And so we did at Pilars II on Huntington Avenue, near the metro beside the 7-11. This is an offshoot/new home base of the one on Telegraph Road, which will soon be going the way of Honolulu due to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project.
And so we did, the pupusas with cheese and loroco, a central american herb. The pupusas are corn meal pancakes, filled with cheese, pork, beans, or whatever. We had the cheese and loroco and the pork and cheese pupusas before, and chose two of the cheese and loroco pupusas tonight. They come with shredded cabbage topped with salsa. Spread this on top of your pupusa and dig in.
After this, many would choose to only get an appetizer or get an entree to share. We had an appetizer the first time, Yuca con Chicharron, chunks of pork fried and yuca fries. The yuca fries were the best I've had, fresh from the fryer and better than from the Peruvian chicken places we've been to.
Tonight I had the whole tilapia Salvadoran style, Mojarra Frita. It is whole fried and served with beans, rice, and a small salad. After eating the pupusa and cabbage, I was only able to eat my way through the fish. It was very tasty, although I'd wish it just a little less done.
Barbara had the beef fajitas. Served on a sizzling stainless steel plate, it looked basically like a central american stirfry. It was served with lettuce, sour cream, rice, and beans. Where it differed from your typical fajita was in the house-made tortillas, which were corn-based, about 4-5 inches in diameter, and thicker than your store-bought ones. These made the dish much tastier than your ordinary fajitas.
What to drink? Beer. They have at least three Salvadoran types. Suprema comes in a green bottle, and is a light-bodied fizzy beer. Pilsener comes in a brown bottle, and is probably my favorite, seems to have more flavor than the others. Finally, Regia comes in a large 32 oz bottle, and according to the beeradvocate.com website, their motto is 4 friends and one beer. Tonight, it was at least a married couple and a very light beer.
Dont go expecting a quick in-and-out. The service was good, although the kitchen was slow. Sit back, relax, drink your beer, and enjoy the Spanish soap operas on the televisions.