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This slightly grungy hole-in-the-wall spot serves delicious overflowing plates of El Salvadoran food at reasonable prices. An excellent introduction is the plate containing a pupusa (a thick grilled tortilla stuffed with cheese, beans, meats, vegetables, or a combination), a pastele (something like an empanada, also with your choice of stuffings), and fried or steamed yuca topped with meat or fish. Grilled steaks are chewy but flavorful; fresh fish can be fried or grilled. Breakfast (such as eggs scrambled with chorizo, served with rice and beans) is served all day.
For the uninitiated, a pupusa is a ball of corn-flour dough stuffedwith a variety of savory ingredients, flattened into a disc, andgrilled until warm, smoky, and luscious. Over the past decade or so,this age-old Salvadoran delicacy has become a locally popular snackitem and can be found at some four dozen outlets in the Mission alone.Balompie's pupusas are uniquely plump and supple and are available in17 different and delectable variations. Try one of the classics, likechicharron... More »
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