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Friday, April 19, 2013

Pupuseria La Palmera

Pupusa with Queso
Sour Cream Chicken Plate 
Boiled Yucca with Pork Rind 

Last week my husband and I went out in search of some antique goodies at the Flamingos occasional sale on 34th and Cedar and unexpectedly ran into a small El Salvadoran treasure! The tiny restaurant specializes in pupusas, a stuffed homemade corn tortilla, similar to an arepa. Pupusas are a  popular dish from El Salvador and translate to mean, purse in Spanish! The pupusas are available stuffed with meat, cheese or beans. They arrive with a side of curtido, a cabbage dish made with chili and vinegar. The crisp cabbage cuts a bit of the heaviness from the pupusa. My husband ordered the famous sour cream chicken plate with a side of homemade corn tortillas and fluffy rice. The sour cream chicken was to die for, extremely tender and flavorful- spot on. We also ordered boiled yucca with crispy pork rind, which I was not a huge fan of. The yucca wasn't very flavorful and tasted similar to a plain boiled potato. I did however like the crispy pork rind (pig skin)... what's not to like?! I was highly impressed by the freshness and authenticity of the food. Our waitress (the owner I believe) hinted that each ingredient is made from scratch including the corn tortillas, which are hard to find. The interior is bright and open, featuring a check-out counter and dining room with around 10 tables. The interior reminded me of restaurants I've been to in Mexico or the Dominican Republic; casual like much of the dining experiences you'll find in Central America. The restaurant is located on 4150 Cedar avenue in the Powderhorn neighborhood of south Minneapolis. 

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