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Rinconcito Hispano Des Plaines


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Rinconcito Hispano Des Plaines

Jim S | Nov 17, 2003 11:45 AM

This isn’t one of those places that you rave about because of the complex way the spices counterbalance the soft texture of the freshly made masa or to wax emotionally about the toothsome nature of the bolillo used in the torta.
It’s more the kind of place you sit at the counter and get mesmerized watching the woman work the pupusas from hand to hand in motions she has probably been doing since growing up in El Salvador. The sound of her hands gently slapping the masa, molding it from a ball to a small pancake is calming in way that would put small children to sleep.
It’s not La Quebrada, or Restaurante Oxacaquena. But it’s a place I keep going back to for a pupusa loroco (just cheese with a spinach like tasting herb in fried masa), and fried plantains with crema and refried beans. And the pupusas come with Salvadorian cole slaw too, kind of vinegary, and pinkish. Oh, and try an atole elote too (kind of like a corn horchata). The meal is filling, good and makes me leave with a smile.
No one is going to go there and say it’s the next big find, but if you’re in the area, give them a try. They have a wide menu for a small place with tortas, tamales, etc. I haven’t tried the tortas, but the tamales are home made and quite tasty.

1669 Oakton St
Des Plaines
(847) 803-6180

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