The family wanted to take me out for dinner for Father's Day. They asked me where I wanted to go, and after a minute I remembered the perfect place. There's a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Rinconcito Salvadoreño (which means Salvadoran Corner) that makes a characteristically Savladoran dish called "pupusas". I have been in love with pupusas since I first had them in Honduras in 2007. Sometimes I wonder why they haven't caught on at more restaurants in the US. Why aren't there Tex-Mex pupusas? Why aren't there ninety nine cent pupusas on the Taco Bell value menu? But then I remember that their name sounds like poopoo. That's a marketing problem in need of a solution.
The place reminded me of Honduras in so many ways. I had to break out the camera and snap a few pictures.
[We were the only people there at 5:00 PM so we got the one table in the shade! The mixed chair styles and plates were characteristically Central American. Notice the plastic chairs and Jono's leather office chair!]
[They put the good sign toward the oncoming traffic, but I like this one best.]
[The menu, as if you would want anything besides pupusas.]
[And this is a pupusa! Wikipedia says that a pupusa is "made of thick, hand-made corn tortilla that is usually filled with a blend of the following: queso (cheese), frijoles (beans), and chicharrón. Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar) and a watery tomato salsa."]
[This is my half-eaten pupusa, along with a healthy helping of curtido and a watery tomato salsa. Delicioso!]
[The thermostat in the car said it was 107 that day.]
[The owner, a Salvadoran man, decided to make me a complementary bananas foster for us with Bacardi rum and Sunny D, of course. It was exciting. There was fire.]
A soccer (fútbol) game blared loudly on the television. It was El Salvador vs. Panama. In addition to this, there was music playing, also loudly. The whole experience was a ton of fun and reminded me of being in Honduras. We all had lots of laughs and good food, even if it did sound like poopoo.