El Salvador Restaurante Y Pupuseria [closed]
El Salvador Restaurante Y Pupuseria is located at 501 N Rockwell Ave. and is closed on Mondays (map).
Please note: this restaurant is no longer in business.
Please note: this restaurant has changed it’s name to Restaurante Las Flores Nicaragua Centro America.
Have you ever had the chance to visit El Salvador? My guess is no. With that more than likely being the case you have missed out on some very good and unique cuisine. Lucky for you good El Salvadorean food is here in town, very affordable, and very tasty.
If you are one of our loyal readers you have noticed by now that I like to try unique, cultural restaurants that the average Oklahoma City restaurant fan would probably never dare enter. Get over your fear and act on my recommendations. You won’t be disappointed. When you first approach El Salvador Restaurante Y Pupuseria you would first think it should be a candidate for the prestigious Shady Restaurant of the Month award. Sure, its in the same building as a gas station / food mart that is obviously a front for shady activity, the sign is painted with the use of stencils, and it has no real curb appeal at all, but it is not a shady restaurant. Shady Restaurant of the Month award recipients must attract truckers and ladies of the night, and must be unsafe after dark. These are characteristics that El Salvador Restaurante Y Pupuseria (which will hereafter be referred to as ESRYP) would need to acquire before ever going before the Shady Restaurant of the Month awards committee.
As soon as I walked in, I was surprised at how friendly the staff was and how they did not have heavy accents. In fact, they probably spoke more proper English than I did. I have to admit I was a little nervous that I would go in here and be unable to communicate or decipher the menu but that was not the case at all. The menu is pretty straight forward: Pupusas, Egg dishes, Meat dishes, and specialties. The pupusa is often called the National dish of El Salvador. It is a thick tortilla made of either flour or rice. They roll it into a ball-type shape, poke a big hole in it, fill the newly formed orifice with some sort of filling, then flatten it out and fry it up on a griddle until golden brown and delicious. These pupusas are filled with cheese, beans, pork, etc, or a combination. They are served with a tomato based sauce and shredded cabbage. These pupusas are around $1.50 a piece and it only takes a couple to really fill you up. I usually get two of these and one of their amazing homemade tamales. An El Salvadorean tamal is different than your average Mexican tamal you have grown up with. It has a very smooth creamy texture, is cooked in a moist banana leaf rather than a corn husk, has an olive hidden in it like a little surprise, a couple potato chunks, and topped with shredded chicken.These are the best tamales you will ever eat. You cannot go into this thinking Mexican tamales because they are absolutely nothing like what you have ever had. They should be called something else.
I have also had the egg and sausage dishes which are very good, and the carne asada. There are several pork and chicken dishes you can experience, but that I haven’t had time to eat, mainly because I don’t want to try anything else. I really like the pupusas and tamales. They do serve chips, cheese, and salsa like every self-respecting Latin restaurant in the state, but they have a special twist. Their cheese sauce is cold. Like, right out of the refrigerator cold. Caught me off guard the first time, but I have grown to like it. It tastes like liquid Easy Cheese which brings back fond childhood memories. I’m willing to guess that it is not, in fact, liquid Easy Cheese. I was a little disappointed that guinea pig was not on the menu, and neither were coconut grubs, which would make an interesting pupusa filling, but there are plenty of extraordinary items to keep even the most adventurous taste buds entertained.
ESRYP is a family friendly restaurant. They are particularly busy after church on a Sunday afternoon and it may be hard to find a seat. Take the family, give the kids a pupusa, and enjoy a cultural experience that you will not soon forget.