I vacationed in El Salvador many years ago. So when I started looking for a restaurant that had home cooked Salvadorean food it was a long journey until we found this delightful little restaurant very close to the Ballston area in Arlington, VA.
This is a family run restaurant. The whole family is involved cooking, serving, being fine hosts. This is very authentic but non-greasy food. Kids love it here as you can order basically any combination of food. If you want some chicken or guacamole or just beans or a tamale or burrito it is very easy to order by the piece or by the plate.
As an adult you can pick and choose what you want to eat. They are very flexible. If you have not eaten Salvadorean tamales this is the place to eat them. Their sweeter version from yellow sweet corn called, Tamal d'elote served with sour cream is very soft, and flavorful. The Tamal de Pollo is the savory version of tamale with white corn meal stuffed with chicken a little taro, and some spices is steamed in a banana leaf. This is also very nice and soft with a nice spicing which isn't hot. The burritos are really huge unless you order a child's plate which they allow adults to order. My favorite is the ground beef and spinach enchiladas.
If you have never eaten pupusas (a flat handmade corn tortilla filled with cheese or cheese & pork or other choices served with a vinegar based cabbage slaw) this is the place to try them. In fact, I am spoiled and won't eat pupusas anywhere else. Everything from chips to salsa, chicken, beef in many forms (ground, shredded, steak, fajitas) is always really fresh.
This family is very friendly -very inviting to kids in particular and knows most of the customers by name.
The only downside is that on weekends at night it can be very crowded. And, although they are very quick to serve the food if you show up after 6:30p you can expect a wait.
They have a variety of foods including a very good "sopa de res" beef soup. CARNE DESHILADA which is shredded beef with eggs tomatoes green peppers that is very moist and very delicious --it's a ton of food. There are so many other choices I can't mention them all.
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