Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine (Escondido)

Amongst chocolate, wines, and beers at the Escondido Chocolate Festival, we also sampled our first ever pupusas at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine. A pupusa is traditional Salvadorian dish, essentially a deliciously thick corn tortilla that's usually stuffed with cheese and meat. Almost a year later, we finally made it back for a full meal at the restaurant!

Cuscatlan Sampler at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido

The Cuscatlan Sampler ($13.95) sounded like the best way to start our visit. This monstrous sized plate contained fried plantains, fried yuca with fried pork, 1 corn tamale, 1 chicken tamale, 2 pupusas, sour cream and beans. We thought all of the items were relatively good and began worrying that we'd fill up before our entrees got to the table!

Pupusas at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido sides and sauce at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido

We also ordered pupusas, which looked just like the ones in the sampler from the outside. There was also a pickled slaw mix and a sauce to add at your leisure.

Pupusas at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido

Cutting them open shows the differences. The top one is chicken while the bottom one is beans and pork. These pupusa were really tasty with the sauce and slaw on top! I liked the pork one best.

Chicken Stew at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido

We selected one entree, the Pollo Cuisado (10.95) which was served with rice, beans, green salad. It was moist and delicious stew sauce.

Pesto Chicken Delight Pizza at Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido

We also ordered their large Pesto Chicken Pizza (18.99). Say what? We were surprised that the menu was a mix of Italian AND Salvadorian here but we were definitely curious. Too bad this particular pizza combination turned out to be incredibly dry between the chicken and mushrooms and cheese. The large size pizza was a bit overkill considering how much other food we had ordered. At least pizza makes for great leftovers.

Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine in Escondido

The pupusas are definitely the thing we like here. I've heard that the recipe to make them is quite simple too. Somewhere in our house I have a bag of masa (leftover from a tamale making party) so hopefully I'll find time to do it! In the meantime, there's always this place or the one in south San Diego to try this food out!

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Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine (Escondido)
221 E. Grand Ave
Escondido CA 92025
(760) 291-1225

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:12am

Gosh I can't remember the last time I tried a pupusa . I drive by Escondido quite often so I'll have to try this place out. The pizza looks like it's on a super thin crust! How was the pizza reheated? $18.99 seems like a lot for that pizza.

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Submitted by lynn on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:42pm

Pizza was actually on the medium to thicker side. We like warming up pizzas in the toaster oven if possible! Yea it was a bit pricey especially with how the taste turned out.

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Submitted by caninecologne (not verified) on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 4:39pm

We tried this place a little more than a year ago and liked it. We had a 2 for 1 coupon too, which was even better. There were carbs galore in that combo plate. If you haven't done so yet, there's El Salvadoreno (on Imperial Ave) to try out. Another place is El Salvador Pupeseria in City Heights as well. I still have to try that place.

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Submitted by lynn on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:50pm

I just found a B1G1 coupon in the 2015 entertainment book so we're probably gonna go back down for food later this year. I definitely want to try the two places you mentioned! I really need to try pupusas at more than one place!

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Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:47am

I've tried the pupusas at El Salvadorean in Grant Hill, love the ones with cheese in them :))) Surprisingly don't love the ones with meat in them but maybe because they can only add so much filling in them? And I always need lots of the slaw! Those things are heavy though I thought they would be like appetizers when we first got them and after eating two it was like just kidding I'm done now.

Did you get to try Salvadorean tortillas?? They are like thicker poofy softer tortillas. Soooo good.

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:50pm

Ahh, it must have been your review I read on pupusas in south San Diego! I didn't remember the name but knew someone had posted about it. We only tried two flavors this day but liked them both. I saw a groupon for here so maybe we'll come back and try lots more flavors including meatless! I don't think I tried a Salvadorean tortilla, unless it's an unstuffed pupusa...

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Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 9:18am

I spied above there's a coupon for this place - yay! I've been wanting to come here, we have been to the one on Imperial that CC mentioned a number of times and to the one in Grant Hill. I think this is like the only other place I've heard about that has pupusas. Weird that they also have pizza... maybe they are trying to cater to the area. That sampler plate looks like enough food all on it's own!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 4:15pm

Coupons rock. Maybe the pizza part appeals to the mainstream and once they're in the door, the pupusas are for the 'adventurous' ones. I think the sampler should be shared with four people next time though! Filling!

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