Perhaps I should have predicted this, but the latest installment of The Immigrant’s Table has generated a good amount of discussion on where to find the best pupusas in the DMV.
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 favorite spots tend to be in Silver Spring and Takoma Park: As I mentioned in my column, I’m fond of the preparations and experimentation at La Casita in Silver Spring, where the pupusas arrive hot, thin and perfectly balanced. But I must confess, my favorite pupusas are currently found at La Chiquita, this family-oriented spot in Takoma Park, where customers wolf down the hot, gooey, satisfying rounds on metal tables and seats in an enclosed porch. It’s like a Salvadoran picnic right on East-West Highway.
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?