Where are the best pupusas in the Washington area?

April 5, 2012

Where are your favorite pupusas in the Washington area? (James M. Thresher/The Washington Post)

This is a harder proposition than you might think, for one reason: Pupusas are everywhere. I’ve spent a great deal of time eating them in the District and in the Maryland suburbs, where I live. My experience in Northern Virginia has been far more limited, which is why I called in reinforcements during yesterday’s Free Range chat when someone asked about NoVa pupuserias.

My friend and former Northern Virginia magazine food critic Warren Rojas told me he likes Esmeralda Restaurant in Alexandria for pupusas, while his replacement at the publication, Stefanie Gans, has a soft spot for Cerrito’s Pupuseria in Chantilly. Their picks inspired a number of chatters to suggest other NoVa options; you can read through the reader recommendations in the Free Range transcript.


My current faves: the pupusas at La Chiquita in Takoma Park. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

But I’ve also enjoyed good pupusas at many other spots, including at Pupuseria El Comalito in Takoma Park, Gloria’s Pupuseria on 14th Street NW and El Aguila in Silver Spring. I’ve also found some good ones at various trucks in Montgomery County. My neglect to single out the pupuserias in Mount Pleasant, however, didn’t set well with at least one reader, so I asked him where to get a good platter of stuffed rounds in the neighborhood. Here’s his response:

Now it’s your turn: Where do you get your pupusas?

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.
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