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pupusas at El Tazumel, Richmond

lainielou | Jul 11, 200502:04 AM

on the advice of rworange, my sweetheart and I took a trip to Richmond to have pupusas at El Tazumel - a salvadorean/mexican restaurant.

When we arrived the place was packed - families enjoying lunch - a lot of them looked like they had just come from church. The place was very, very clean. Lots of pupusas being served along with glass after glass of the best ensalada I have ever had.

I am a long time proponent of Balompie in the city. But I have to admit that the pupusas were superior. Especially the queso con loroco - I've had that many other places and quite frankly the kitchens are so stingy with the loroco that is get drowned in the cheese. This tasted like loroco more than cheese which is lovely. Also, both the masa de maiz and masa de arroz are fabulous - the pupusas are so light and non-greasy because the shells are so thin which allows you to really taste the filling as opposed to corn or rice. The revueltas are very, very good and taste porky (as opposed torcheesy - usually it's a higher ratio of cheese to pork)! The beans are very smooth but thick and velvety - really, really delicious - casamiento which are the rice and beans fried up together is delicious. The curtido is mild - in a good way - not too vinegary but with a good kiss of fresh oregano. The curtido sits on the table but they bring out the salsa roja in a syrup server to use as you like. The ensalada and arrayan were very good. We saw so many plates of food go by that looked good so we'll be back to try other things. They have caldo de pollo on Tuesdays which I will go back to try as I am a chicken soup fiend. They had the same consome de garrobo that rworange mentioned and many people were bent over steaming bowls of it but we chose to focus only on the pupusas today.

The only drawback to me was the service which was slow and inattentive - I am assuming because they were so busy. I will go back and hope for better service. We also are going to try Kaliente in El Sobrante as we have a friend there who swears by their pupusas.

Thanks, rworange, for the wonderful suggestion!


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