I finally managed to bypass both Yoko and Teocalli Tamale to go into the neighboring El Barrio Salvadoran grocery and carryout on Elden Street in Herndon, in one of the strips flanking the K-Mart Plaza. $4.25 bought me:
1 Pupusa Salvadorano -- a pork and cheese stuffed pupusa. The cabbage slaw mix had a bit of hot sauce mixed in. This was good, but I've never had a bad pupusa.
1 Empanada platano-- This is a foot-ball shaped item, with a mildly sweet cheese mix on the inside, surrounded by mashed plaintains, seasoned on the outside with cinnamon sugar. I have no basis for comparison but this was seriously good. My 6 year-old would be in heaven.
1 Avena Alpina cinnamon flavored oatmeal drink. 8.45 oz, 197 calories. It's made with whole milk, oats, various stabilizers and a scary "cinnamon flavor identical to natural." The flavor is very reminiscent of eggnog.
There is no atmosphere whatsoever at El Barrio. There are a few tables. You order at the counter in the back where a sign in Spanish instructs you to have a seat after ordering. They'll call you and you pay up front.
Fine dining, it isn't, but it made for a filling and delicious meal on the cheap.