Editors' pick

La Casita Pupuseria and Market

Salvadoran
$$$$ ($14 and under)
La Casita Pupuseria and Market photo
Anne Kenderdine
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Editorial Review

Check the East Coast hurry-up attitude at the door when you enter. Even on weekday mornings, when most customers are getting to-go orders and the tables are nearly empty, food takes at least 25 minutes to show up. The laborers and suits who come in for the traditional Salvadoran breakfast dishes don't seem impatient. The wait gives you a chance to browse the shelves of imported packaged snacks or study the mural of a beach scene. And when the food does arrive -- spiced Salvadoran hot chocolate, chorizo, perfectly fried plantains, scrambled eggs with rice, tomatoes, onions and peppers and served with red beans and avocado -- the feeling of being transported to another country is complete.

-- Anne Kenderdine (April 11, 2012)