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Pupuseria #4 – Rincon Latino - si

Krys Stanley | Aug 25, 200412:33 AM

If you have never tried a pupusa, this would be the place to sample one. It is my favorite so far.

They also have bags of handmade corn tortillas hot off the grill (1/4 inch thick and 4 inches wide). They have plastic containers of three house made salsas, manteca and chicarrones for pupusas. It is the twice ground fried pork that you can use to stuff your own pupusas.

They make fried pork skins which are displayed in a glass case along with thick chicaronnes with meat. I’ve never seen these before. There’s a picture under the photo section on their website. There are a few fresh cheeses including cuajada.

This is a combo butcher shop, grocery store and restaurant. A steam table and griddle is in the front, a small grocery in the center and the butcher shop in the back.

This was, for the mission, upscale décor … for the mission. The color theme is barn red with matching chairs. Green ivy was painted on the ceiling. There were lovely murals of farm life in Central America, including one mural of a girl patting out pupusas at home.

And they have one of the best restaurant websites I’ve seen. Nice history of the place, menu in English and Spanish and pictures of the food. When you click on the picture, there is a description of it.

Two ladies pat out the thick cheesy disks. Hot of the grill the corn shell of the pupusa has a slight, pleasant crunch. They were so good, I devoured the first one without the curtido or slaw.

The curtido was perfect. A generous amount came in a baggie. The shredded cabbage and carrots were crisp, the vinegar not overpowering and the oregano was distinguishable giving it a nice heat. Not only the best pupusa, but the best curtido.

Instead of a red sauce there was a house made green sauce.

They also sell hot bags of thick tortillas straight off the grill. While it is not on the menu, there are aqua frescas. I liked the horchata which I thought was blended nicely, not too sweet and not too much cinnamon.

I wanted to get atoll de elote, but they just had rice pudding. The soupy pudding (75 cents) had a piece of cinnamon bark at the bottom and a subtle pleasant flavor of lemon. It was gourmet food in a Styrofoam cup.

The carnitas taco I tried wasn’t my favorite. There were too many tomatoes and it made the tortillas soggy. On top of it they used thin tortillas and not the lovely looking thick house made tortillas. When you got to the pork under the tomatoes, it was pretty good, crispy outside and juicy inside.

As always, no taste to the loroco. However, the pupusa was so good, that was fine.

I haven’t tried it yet, but the Nicaraguan Tamal stuffed with an olive, potatoes, raisins, tomato, rice, and spices sounds great. Salvadorian tamales available also

Nice selection of Latin beers including Sol and Regia, which you don’t see that often.

Located on Mission at Geneva, two doors down from the gas station. It is bright red.

Rincon Latino
5080 Mission St
San Francisco

Here's a link to the other pupusa places I've tried.




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