There’s much to be said for the no-frills, down-home restaurant that doesn’t break the bank but still delivers a hearty meal—and Santa Fe’s local pupusa joint typifies that genre. Pupusas are a Salvadoran specialty: a thick, handmade corn tortilla stuffed with beans, cheese, chicharrones or pretty much anything else you can dream up, and served with mild tomato salsa and a cabbage slaw resembling sauerkraut. This family-owned joint more than delivers on its promise of eminently satisfying Central American street food, with big-as-your-face pupusas stuffed to the gills with everything from steak to the loroco flower, excellent accompaniments, and décor that (despite the restaurant’s location adjacent to the Days Inn) evokes the Salvadoran countryside. Service is friendly and accommodating, making for a perfect culinary adventure sure to whisk you away from the land of green chile and posole.
2900 Cerrillos Road, 474-3512
Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. No alcohol. $5-$10