Central American

Your guide to Central American cuisine, covering cooking terms, dishes, recipes, and restaurants.


Cocina Antigua (Novato) Report

Civil Bear
by Civil Bear 13 days ago

I've been to the new pupusaria in Novato a couple of times now (Cocina Antigua) and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. On the first trip, I ordered 21 pupusas to take to my dad's place in Rohne...

Don Julio's Salvadoran Tamales | Rohnert Park - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 19 days ago

Salvadoran tamales purchased from Don Julio's in Rohnert Park a few days beforehand were this year's Christmas Day lunch. They're good-size and $3.99 apiece (or $40 per dozen). Wrapped in banana le...

[I5] Buttonwillow Pupusa Taste-off: Elsy’s Antojitos vs. Tita’s Pupuseria

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 years ago

Last year, I stopped in Buttonwillow for a taste-off of Tita’s truck versus its sit-down pupuseria. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/775306#6424821 I also noticed another pupusa truck nearby ca...

Buz & Ned's Soup Giveaway | Richmond, VA

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

My friend Buz Grossberg has soup to give away today. “ If you know anyone who has lost their income and is not receiving government assistance or shut ins, We have about 200 quarts of a Centra...

La Mesa, Massapequa

by Gastronomos 2 years ago

https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/restaurants/la-mesa-massapequa-1.39154074 Our very own, the Fabulous Erica Marcus, has a nice write up on a place I find worth a mention here. When you do go, ...

Central American cookbooks

by HabaneroLady 4 years ago

Later this year, I will be moving to Honduras. I think it would be nice to get some exposure to the food I am going to find there and also start having some recipes that I can make using the ingred...


by bhyde 5 years ago

I grabbed a packet of dried spice mix off a rack adjacent to a vast pile of dried red beans. It's labeled Izalco Relajo Spice Mix. It includes: seasame seeds, oregano, bay leaves, pumpkin seeds, ...

Nicaraguan Restaurant in NYC?

by daveritzdog 17 years ago

Help? Is there at least one Nicaraguan steak place located in New York City? Help Dave satisfy his craving! If there is, it is probably a small, storefront, mom and pop type place hidden in plain s...

Costa Rica Fried Chicken Recipe

by elliottshope 5 years ago

So I returned from a recent trip to Costa Rica. Lovely country. I'm looking for a recipe for the fried chicken that is just about on every street corner. I'm told it is fried in coconut oil. Do...

Has anyone seen Salsa Lizano in Los Angeles? In a store? Restaurant?

by tokyoastrogirl 18 years ago

Looking to buy some salsa lizano- I know it's available online but I was wondering if any of you have ever seen it in a store or on a table at any Costa Rican restaurants here in LA. I have never ...

What is Chilate ... Please?

by Krys Stanley 17 years ago

I've been on a crawl of local pupusarias and, as a result, have been trying out other dishes from El Salvador. I had a dish called Chilate con Nuegadse. The Chilate came on a huge oval dish w...

Culantro (Costa Rican Coyote Cilantro) in the US?

by nevra 6 years ago

Anyone know if it's possible to find this wonderfully aromatic and cilantro-like herb in the US (preferably in the DC metro area)? I discovered it in Costa Rica and really want some for cooking.

Nacatamales in SF - Amanda Gold's article in SF Chronicle

by hhc 6 years ago

I'm always looking for nacatamales and Amanda Gold's article is great, more places for me to try in 2016. What do hounds think? I'm now going to try to find someone to make a gallina rellena (Nic...

Mesa Latin Kitchen in Durham

by 27705food 6 years ago

I am a bit surprised that there has been no mentions for this fine new-ish resto on Hillsborough Rd in Durham. I've been a few times now (including opening day) and have been very pleased every t...

Adelita's cool Nicaraguan ices on a hot day

by Stanley Stephan 19 years ago

If you are on upper Mission near Leticia's Bakery, Adilita's serves a great treat for a hot day ... and ... it will last you at least an hour. The ice is along the snow cone / shave ice / slurpe...

Salvadoran in Upper Darby, pupusas

by pschneider 10 years ago

This past weekend I stumbled on El Cuscatleco, 29 Garrett Road in Upper Darby. It bills itself as a Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant, and the menu seems pretty evenly divided between the two. I wasn't...

SW Houston Chow - Lo Nuestro - Guatemalan

by brucesw 14 years ago

I have passed this place hundreds of times without paying any attention to it, assuming it was just another Mexican restaurant. Located just a block west of 59 on Bissonnet, the main street-side s...

Latin Food in Garland

by demigodh 8 years ago

I live on the East Side of White Rock Lake and have lamented the lack of good ethnic food (outside of Mexican) in the neighborhood. I recently discovered that there are a lot of Central/South Amer...

Chow-heaven in East Boston

by galleygirl 19 years ago

There is more to East Boston than Santarpio's and random Italian. We found chow-heaven in East Boston...yeah, I've known that there are Central American taquerias there that I've needed to check ou...

San Vicente Restaurante: Hondureño y Salvadoreño (Excelsior, San Francisco)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 years ago

A few Sundays ago I wandered into San Vicente Restaurante intending to order the weekend special, Sopa de Chipilin con Costilla de Puerco y Vegetales. But alas, the kitchen did not make any tha...