El Salvador Restaurante Y Pupuseria [closed]

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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.

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This article was posted by Andrew Littleton on Thursday, October 11th, 2007. It is filed under:

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  • Caryl says:
    October 12th, 2007 at 8:49 am   

    Thanks for this! We love finding new cuisines, too, so I definitely want to check this out. The pupusa sounds delicious – I assume they can be prepared without any meat. And for me the mark of any great Latin restaurant (to use your phrasing) would be the salsa… what’s the salsa like?

  • Andrew's Mom says:
    October 12th, 2007 at 10:05 am   

    I want the American Public to understand that Andrew’s childhood memories of liquid Easy Cheese were NEVER from meals he received at home!!!

    Andrew’s Mom

  • Andrew says:
    October 12th, 2007 at 8:12 pm   

    Absolutely you can get them without meat. In fact, I prefer just cheese in mine and I usually decorate mine with their delicious salsa rather than the tomato sauce. Salsa has a little heat, but is quite flavorful.

  • Andrew's wife says:
    October 13th, 2007 at 3:51 pm   

    We need to eat there again after church one day soon!

  • Cynthia says:
    October 27th, 2007 at 11:04 am   

    Thanks for posting this review. I have driven by here many times and must admit I have been scared away by the outside appearance of the place. I will have to try it out.

  • Andrew says:
    October 29th, 2007 at 7:04 pm   

    I have found it true that the cliche regarding not being able to judge a book by its cover can often hold true to a restaurant. Not always, but its worth finding out.

  • Tim says:
    November 13th, 2007 at 1:47 pm   

    Andrew, I just ate lunch at this place today. What a great find! I spent $3.42 and was completely satisfied. It’s nothing fancy, just simple home cooking El Salvadoran style, but it’s quality and I’ve never had anything like it.

    Everyone should check this place out.

  • jon says:
    November 22nd, 2007 at 10:30 pm   

    we love this place great food,
    great prices.I highly recomend it.

  • Andrew says:
    March 29th, 2008 at 12:10 pm   

    I have never had their Horchata before and decided to try it the other day. They roast theirs and add roasted Almonds and Peanuts. you can really taste it. It has a smoky aftertaste that lingers with notes of almond and peanut. Wow. I sound like a wine taster.

  • Sarah says:
    April 14th, 2008 at 1:06 pm   

    A friend and I tried this place this weekend! What a find! We had dinner for $15, total, and left absolutely stuffed (and with a box of leftovers). Awesome tamales.

  • Noelle says:
    May 23rd, 2008 at 1:19 pm   

    Where else can you find a surprise olive inside your tamale? No place I’ve seen!

  • marcela says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 4:23 pm   

    well to start with im salvi and live in oklahoma and there is NO restaurants near where i live they need to make one in tulsa so i can EAT my kind of food, PLS PLS PLS i am in need of a good salvi reastaurant near tulsa PLS I MISS IT VERY MUCH me need some salvi food.

  • Another Cynthia says:
    July 25th, 2008 at 5:00 pm   

    Thank you for helping my husband and myself find another ethnic gem! We live in SE OKC, but found it was worth the drive. We especially enjoyed the cheese pupusas and tamales. It rivals the Salvadoran restaurants in Dallas and will visit it often.

  • AlstonDavid says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 8:39 pm   

    HA! This is hilarious. I grew up just blocks from where this restaurant is. I was prohibited from riding my bicycle at the intersection of Melrose Lane and Rockwell because of the drug traffic.

  • Sam says:
    September 21st, 2008 at 12:01 am   

    I love running across your site. I’m Colombian and new in OKC and it’s nice to have found this! “BRAVO”

  • Casey says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 9:17 am   

    My husband I were papusa-virgins and are happy to report that El Salvador has changed that for the better. We got the pork, bean and cheese papusas and loved them. The kind staff even showed us the proper way to eat them with the cabbage and salsa. We too enjoyed the hot salsa…although we must make a note here…if you don’t like spicy food, definitely go easy on the hot salsa. For us, it was yummy!

  • John says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 8:58 pm   

    The singular of “tamale” is tamal. There is no such thing as a tamale.

  • Crystal says:
    November 11th, 2008 at 11:59 am   

    I am so excited to have found this article, I am half salvadorean and my husband is stationed at Fort Sill and since getting prego I have been craving them so bad but cant find a place that makes them since I have not perfected cooking them yet, this will mean a weekend event to OKC to get some amazing pupusa, given thou I will be a few days late and will be missing National Pupusa Day on Nov 13, but still so excited to eat them and get my friend to try something new.

  • Andrew says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 10:41 pm   

    National Pupusa Day??? I must start celebrating this. It’s on my calendar. Guess I’m eating there tomorrow now.

  • Jessica says:
    December 3rd, 2008 at 3:46 pm   

    I am a huge fan of Pupusas and I was excited to find this place! I have eaten here several times and have already become a regular. I recommend everyone to try it!

  • Tim says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 7:40 am   

    @John, good catch on the spelling. From what I can find, the plural form is actually “tamales” and singular form is “tamal,” such that “tamale” should actually never be used. However, it seems pretty common in the US to refer to a single tamal as a “tamale.” Regardless, I am working on correcting that where I find it. Thanks.

  • josh says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 1:50 pm   

    Food was too greasy. My wife’s grandmother makes better pupusas, as well as empanadas. The family only went there once, and that was enough. I do miss my favorite restaurant from L.A. , Guasalmex.
    I’ll just stick to my suegra’s food and my suegro’s mom’s cooking. It is gooooood.

  • JD says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm   

    Great spot for great food at a good price. Not that big into fruit drinks, but theirs is awesome with cut up fresh fruit. None like I’ve had before. Oh yeah the tamales and pupusas are pretty good too!!!

  • Wimpy says:
    August 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm   

    I tried this place today for lunch the name has been changed but menu seems to be like Andrew described. I ordered one pork tamal and two comb. papusas everything was delicious and the staff was very friendly. I look forward to a return trip next time a plate lunch with a side of rice maybe but it must include a tamal!!!

  • Tim says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 3:09 pm   

    @Wimpy thanks for the report – I’ve noticed the name change and was wondering if things were still the same. Sounds like they are and I hope so because this place has been great in the past.

  • Ryan says:
    September 4th, 2009 at 11:08 am   

    I have eaten there and They are now called El Nicaraguan, but the food is still great and menus appears to be the same

  • Jana says:
    June 20th, 2010 at 7:10 pm   

    My friend from Tulsa insists on going here everytime she visits! I like it ok, but this time I tried her plantains and cream sauce, and it was SO good, I am going back just for that! The Papusa was good too, not too crazy about the cold cheese and hard chips though. And it was so hot in there, we about passed out!!! Miss you Andrew and Haley!!

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