Fresh pupusas at Balompie Cafe in the Mission


Pupusas are a traditional Salvadorean flatbread made with corn or rice flour, and the dough is similar to a thick and soft tortilla. They are usually stuffed with any number of fillings, including cheese, beans, meat, and vegetables. At Balompie Cafe in the Mission, they are known for their delicious hand-made pupusas, which many consider the best in San Francisco.

Balompie Cafe offers many types of fillings: cheese, beans, chicharrón (pork), loroco (a vine flower bud from Central America that has an intense “green vegetable” flavor to it), spinach, zucchini, jalapeños, shrimp, fish, and basically anything you can think of, provided they have it in their kitchen. The pupusas are all made fresh by hand, they are not pre-made and warmed in a microwave. This does result in a short wait of a few minutes, but that’s a small price to pay for good, fresh, cheap food.

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