Places to eat in El Salvador

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    If you have a chance to go to...

    by jepclg98 Updated Oct 28, 2009

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    If you have a chance to go to 'A lo Nuestro' restaurant in the Zona Rosa is an excellent place to try varied salvadorean food or excellent creations of the chef inspired by traditional salvadorean ingredients. It's an expensive restaurant, but if you can afford it's really worth it. For pupusas any good 'pupuseria' found anywhere will do the trick.The best pupusas are in pupuseria Abrego, pupuseria El Manguito, pupuseria Tania and pupuseria El Tejano they are all in 'El Pupusodromo de OLOCUILTA' 30 minutes from San Salvador (less if you travel by car but if you want to use the public transportation there is a good service offered by the A1 microbuses take La Hollywood (near the National Palace) that´s a good one and don´t forget to ask about Koky Naves because he is a good guide who can show you the best pupuserias and our beautiful country or just ask for me ). Otherwise many restaurants offer excellent seafood and meat dishes. Oh, if you want taste the best typical dishes in El Salvador go to Olocuilta and ask for the most exquisite exotic food at “JUEGOS EXCLUSIVOS owned by Lito Rivas, an excellent cook” a pool house where you can enjoy food such as Garrobo, Iguana, Cotusa, Turtle´s eggs, Big shrimps, fried red beans, Armadillo, Ceviches (these can either be seafood, conch meat, shrimp, fish, mixed etc. remember that it's raw seafood meat marinated in lemon juice, but they are delicious, tourists like these ceviches a lot) Sopa de mariscada (sea food soup), Sopa de Gallina india (hen soup -broth- with vegetables and generally served with tortillas, very exquisite and a meal in itself and of course beers of different brands with very reasonably prices or you can go to LOS ANTOJITOS a well known place where very delicious mexican food is served but if you're in San Salvador the choices are varied and will depend on you budget, I dare you to compare prices but the most important thing, compare the flavor I bet you´ll never forget Olocuilta. Downtown joints are usually good and cheap just make sure not to eat raw vegetables and always carry your own bottle of water.

    Favorite Dish: Any typical dish in El Salvador will be a good bet. Here are a few names in case you see them on the menu: 1.Gallo en chicha (a type of 'coq au vin') 2.Sopa de frijol negro o rojo (black or red beans soup) 3.Sopa de mariscada (sea food soup) 4.Tamales (several varieties) 5.Ceviches (these can either be seafood, fish, mixed etc. remember that it's raw fish marinated in lime juice) 6. Plato típico (will generally be a grilled steak with rice and beans, fried plantain,papa rellena(a stuffed potato with cheese) avocado and cheese.) 7. Platanos rellenos (plantains stuffed with minced meat, baked and grilled with white cheese and sour cream) 8. Chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers with meat or cheese, very, very good) 9. Sopa de Gallina india (hen soup -broth- with vegetables and generally served with tortillas, very delicious and a meal in itself.) 10. Pan con pavo or pan con chumpe (a turkey sandwich with a delicious ground spice sauce), 11. Nuegados en miel (little fried balls made of cook yucca with honey)12 sopa de patas.
    Unique Qualities: Restaurants in La Libertad will offer a wide variety of very fresh seafood and fish. Don't hesitate to try the oysters or the mixed seafood 'coctel', they are very good and at very reasonably price. In addition to the fresh seafood all of these restaurants offer great views of the Pacific Ocean. On the road from La Libertad to the Sunzal beach is the Cafe Sunzal - a very good restaurant ($$$), beautiful settings and wonderful views, you can watch the surfers from this place.

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    Pupusas

    by MalenaN Written Oct 26, 2009

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    Pupusas are typical El Salvadorian food and it can be bought at food stalls all around the country. They are thick tortillas stuffed with minced pork meat, beans, cheese or vegetables. You tell the sales woman which filling you want and she takes a piece of dough, form the tortilla with the filling and put it on the stove. So it is nice and warm when you get it. With the pupusas a tomato sauce and pickled vegetables are served.

    The woman on the photo has a food stall just up the road from Casa Frolaz in Santa Ana. I bought two pupusas, one with pork meat and one with cabbage, and they both tasted very good. I brought them back to Casa Frolaz to eat there and got the tomato sauce and pickled vegetables in small plastic bags. The two pupusas were 0.70 dollars (June 2009).

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    Hotel Torre Molino: Great view! Great experience

    by Mr_kapi Written Jul 4, 2008

    This is a Holel located on the shore of Lake Quatepeque. The lake is simply one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. This restaurant is located right on the shore with an unforgetable view. The crazy part about the restaurant is that it sits on a huge deck which stands about 40 feet above the ground. To look at it makes you think the deck is about to fall. Not sure a structural engineer would aprove of the construction, but this adds to the experience. The fresh seafood is very good. Do not get the chicken or beef. Stick with the seafood.

    The downside is the slow service. It is a great place to relax, so be ready to wait (ask for the check as soon as you know you are done ordering and pay him when he brings it).

    Favorite Dish: The fish was very good. Not sure what it was called, but it is the house special. The fish comes from the lake so it is fresh. The lure to this place is the environment.

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    Festival Gastronomica: Festival Gastronomica

    by Mr_kapi Written Jul 4, 2008

    This is not a restaurant, it is an event. The Festival Gastronomica in Juayuva is a well known event which occurs every weekend. National Geographic and Discovery Channel have done some reports about it. I went there last week and I could not believe how fun it was. The food was fantastic! I went with a few American friends who ate there and no one got sick. There were so many places to eat it was imposible to choose. The cost was cheap. I thought there would be a ton of tourists, but I was wrong. The only tourists there other than us were a group of 3 girls who said they were Canadians (probably Americans, who didn't want to admit it). The festival also has music, dancing and a lot of shopping for local stuff. It is great to sample different foods and deserts. It is a little more than an hour from San Salvador. The down side about being in a place with so many people is that there are a lot of hungry children and dogs. The good news is the food it so cheap you can buy some extra stuff and share (with the kids not the dogs, I considered feeding the dogs and thought it would be too disrepectful to the other hungry people around).

    Favorite Dish: I had a plate of grilled Res (beef) with onions, shrimp, rice, some other strange meat and beens $5. I also found a little stand with great baked goods. I got the Flan de Queso it was good $2.

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  • Maybe Taco Tapatio?: "Taco Lips" Great taqueria.

    by Mr_kapi Written Jul 4, 2008

    I have been in San Salvador for 2 months. A bunch of people were telling me about this great taco place in the barrio Escalon. Not sure of the name, but all the locals know it as "Taco Lips" (Lips is the name of the strip club accross the street). Don't be afraid. The place is great. I have taken a lot of Americans with weak stomachs there and no one has gotten sick. It has a basic menu and a great atmosphere. Food is great, beer is cold and you can stuff your face for less than $8. Parking can be tough, but it is great to just walk up to the counter and order, no fuss no muss. Try it and you will not regret it.

    Favorite Dish: I recommend the quesadillas. They make the quesadialla by cooking the cheese on the skillet and once it is all melted they slap it into your tortilla, it is great. I usually get this to share, too much cheese for one.

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    LA PARRILLA DEL CHEF: Don't Miss the Quality!!!!!!

    by K_rol Updated Nov 16, 2007

    Hi,if you have a chance while there visit this place,it isn't glamorous but if you're looking for a place to have a delicious dinner,hmmm Asados al Carbón,have a quality piece of steak serve with rice and salad.
    Or perhaps U prefer some shrimps a la carte,and a cold drink!!!!
    They have a variety of food,but if U love Carne Asada you'll be in the right place.
    Even very important people from this country have time to seat and taste this delightful food.
    In our visit to El Salvador,we find this restaurant and to be honest in the beggining that wasn't the kind of place i was looking for,but when i taste the food,i did't want to leave.And we had visitited another fancy restaurants in San Benito,Escalon,La Gran Villa,but unfortunately the food it isn't that great,but the places keep the A+

    Favorite Dish: CARNE A LA PARRILLA!!!

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    Benihana

    by euzkadi Written May 8, 2006

    I love this restaurant chain, and on my last visit to San Salvador i ate there. As always the sushi was great, also the tempura. It´s located in the new commercial center Gran Vía. Highly recommended.

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    Las Cabañas de Apaneca: The Best Meal I’ve Had In El Salvador

    by thelukey Written May 15, 2005

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    As I write this, I’ve been living in El Salvador just a few weeks short of four years. During all that time, the best meal I’ve had in any restaurant was had in Las Cabañas de Apaneca. I can’t remember the dish’s name, but it consisted of veal chunks in a cream sauce with onions, green peppers, bacon, and capers, and it was indescribably delicious.

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  • A Lo Nuestro: A Lo Nuestro the best of Salvadorean Fusion

    by nosarafern Updated Mar 17, 2005

    Unquestionably one of the very best restaurants in Central America. We just finished a magnificent dinner there moments ago and I feel compelled to share this treasure with all readers. Located in the Zona Rosa of San Salvador, this excellently designed/decorated restaurant has wonderful outdoor eating areas. Chef Tomasito Regalado (trained in New York) has an adventurous flair using local ingredients (and local cooking traditions) and twisting and bending creations that are nothing short of extraordinary. A true paroxysm of flavors we had an amazing lobster and avocado salad, a slightly spicy (yet wonderful) chicken chipotle salad and for a main course shrimp in a sauce of cilantro and loroco (a local ingredient that can best be compared to capers) with a sweet corn tamale and "Flor de Izote" (The national flower of El Salvador). For dessert we tried amazing ice cream creations using only exotic local fruits like Jocotes, Caimito, Maracuya, and many other fruits that are decidedly not available from your local grocer. The place is slightly expensive (dinner for two with drinks US$70) but well worth the money. This is perfect for those who are adventurous travelers yet are not able to leave a discerning gourmet taste behind. A must!

    Favorite Dish: Everything is so good, flavorful, exotic, and adventurous at this restaurant!

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    Cafe LA Ventana: Ex-pat heaven

    by Smruti Written Apr 9, 2003

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    The ex-pat hangout place in San Salvador. Lots of locals as well and the predominant languages you hear are German, Spanish, English. Great selection of beers and desserts for those late-night hangouts. Food ranges from 'gringo' french fries, to heartier stuff including some El Salvadorean specialities. Good music too!

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    Street Food

    by mnhaus Written Feb 24, 2003

    I had a great time eating out in El Salvador. Luckily, I never had any bouts of illness from the food. I think most of the food is safe, but one should exercise caution.

    Favorite Dish: The papusa is a favorite El Salvadorian dish. Also the local goat cheese is crumbly and very good. I have never been a fan of refried beans, but those that were served to me there were made over flame and retained a magnificent smoky flavor.

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    Try any outdoor vendor :P: Popusas

    by darthmilmo Written Jan 8, 2003

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    Mmmm... I can't believe I left out the Pupusas on my page. Popusas is a traditional food prepared from maiz and mixed with cheese, pork, and beans. It's almost like a large thickk tortilla with the ingredients mixed in the mix. The popusas are typically taken with a cole slaw type salad and spicy hot souce. This is my favorite food item in Central America.... I love them!

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    In San Salvador, there are...

    by furioso Updated Sep 13, 2002

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    In San Salvador, there are plenty of restaurants in the Zona Rosa. Here are the ones, I liked most: 'Tre Fratelli' (Pasta, Pizza), 'Guadalajara Gill' (Mexican food), 'La Hola' (Seefood), 'Ole Tasca' (Spanish restaurant - with good Tapas). Furthermore I recommend 'La Ventana' (nice atmosphere, good food) and of course all the places where you can get Tacos. However, if you want to try the famous Pupusas - go to Olocuilta (about 30 minutes from San Salvador). There you will be served the most delicious.

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  • A wealth of varied food!

    by MarcG Updated Sep 11, 2002

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    It's funny to read that most people when asked about salvadorean typical food will say 'pupusas' - corn tortillas stuffed with cheese,beans or pork, and served with a cabbage salad and spicy tomato sauce. However this is not the only traditional dish, salvadorean food is very rich, let's not forget that Central America claims the origins of potatoes, tomatoes, squash, cacao, peppers, beans, corn, and countless others, with this wealth of ingredients salvadoran cooking is a savoury mix of the ancestral mayan traditions mixed with the spanish and creole influence. If you have a chance 'A lo Nuestro' restaurant in the Zona Rosa is an excellent place to try varied salvadoran food or excellent creations of the chef inspired by traditional salvadoran ingredients. It's an expensive restaurant, but if you can afford it's really worth it. For pupusas any good 'pupuseria' found anywhere will do the trick. The best pupusas are in Olocuilta some 30 min. from San Salvador (worth the detour ONLY if you have the time). Otherwise many restaurants offer excellent seafood and meat dishes. There are also very reasonably priced international restaurants and some more expensive ones. Once again if you're in San Salvador the choices are varied and will depend on you budget. I have a complete listing in my San Salvador page.

    Restaurants in La Libertad will offer a wide variety of very fresh seafood and fish. Don't hesitate to try the oysters or the mixed seafood 'coctel', they are very good and very reasonably priced. In addition to the fresh seafood all of these restaurants offer great views of the pacific ocean. On the road from La Libertad to Sunzal beach is the Cafe Sunzal - a very good restaurant ($$$), beautiful setting and wonderful view, you can watch the surfers from this place.

    Favorite Dish: Any dish that is typical salvadorean will be a good bet. Here are a few names in case you see them on the menu:
    1.Gallo en chicha (a type of 'coq au vin')
    2.Sopa de frijol negro (black bean soup)
    3.Sopa mariscada (sea food soup)
    4.Tamales (several varieties)
    5.Ceviches (these can either be seafood, fish, mixed etc. remember that it's raw fish marinated in lime juice)
    6. Plato tipico (will generally be a grilled steak with rice and beans, fried plantain, avocado and cheese.)
    7. Platanos rellenos (plantains stuffed with minced meat, baked and grilled with white cheese and sour cream)
    8. Chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers, very, very good)
    9. Sopa de Gallina india (hen soup -broth- with vegtables and generally served with tortillas, very savoury and a meal in itself.)
    10. Pan con pavo or pan con chumpe (a turkey sandwich with a delicios ground spice sauce)

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  • I have many favorites and here...

    by claudita70 Written Sep 7, 2002

    I have many favorites and here they are:
    Aloha

    Favorite Dish: its a great place to unwind and watch a futbol game, plus the food is excellent. Not to mention the 'boquitas' which go great with a cold beer. Taste the onions in a sauce that they give you they'll blow your mind.

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