Pupusa Nostalgia

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I’m always on the hunt for Boston’s best pupusa, the traditional Salvadoran dish consisting of a stuffed corn tortilla. This piping hot full-of-yumminess tortilla is served with curtido, a cooling slaw.  This driving desire has taken me to Lynn, to Somerville, to East Boston–the list goes on but I’m a bit embarrassed at this point.

The best pupusa I’ve ever had is back in the mother country, the incredible Tipicos Margoth in El Salvador.  So far, nothing in the Bay State comes close–but I’m heartened by a recent post from Brian Knowles of The Gringo Chapin. He says Rosticeria Cancun, a Maverick Square hole in the wall is a contender.

Read more here and let me know if you’ve sampled some seriously good pupusas.  And if you’ve never tried one, seriously–get on IT.


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About Jessica Alpert

Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.

One thought on “Pupusa Nostalgia

  1. Alison J.

    Thanks for keeping up the hunt. But, when do we get the list of other great pupuserias? Closer to home, where’s the best one in Somerville?