San Francisco, CA 94110
SF Weekly's Description
More than 30 years since it opened, this Bernal Heights restaurant is still one of the city's best Salvadoran restaurants. The ceiling sparkles with a thousand icicle lights, and the room often reverberates with cumbia from the jukebox or guitar-hoisting musicians. La Santaneca's pupusas -- griddle-cooked corn or rice cakes stuffed with cheese, beans, or pork -- are good, the curtido (spicy pickled cabbage) particularly piquant. The yuca with chicharron is fried to a golden crackle, and the banana-wrapped tamales de chipilin approach the lightness of a meringue. Drinks at the Central American restaurant range from toasted-seed horchata to tiste, a Frappuccino-like blend of roasted corn and cacao beans.