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“Best pupusas in Southern California”
Review of Jaragua

Ranked #1,881 of 10,919 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Salvadoran
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Good for: Local cuisine
Neighbourhood: Hollywood
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

I've had pupusas from Santa Ana to Southern Oregon and these are the best hands down. I've never had them from El Salvador to compare, but the masa shell is so delicate and just melts in your mouth, the cheese is fresh and their curtido is spicy and flavorful. So far nothing has topped the pupusas from Jaragua!

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Reviewed 29 March 2015

The restaurant was filled with Salvadorians. The food was tasty. The papusas were large. The have the slaw and sauce on the table. The ribeye stake was thin but tasty. The restaurant is very clean. The service was good considering there were several large parties.

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1  Thank Charles W
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Reviewed 14 December 2014

I have travelled to El Salvador several times and the food served at Jaragua comes pretty close to what you would get there. We had pupusas (de aroz and maiz), yuca frita, tamale de chipilin and platanos fritos. Everything was delicious! The service was also great as were the prices. I would go back.

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1  Thank sandydlozano
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

My wife and I love to travel and one of the things we always do when we travel is try the local foods. That is part of learning about a new place, part of the culture. One of the benefits of Los Angeles is that you can taste the foods of many cultures all within a relatively small area.

We have not yet visited El Salvador, but by visiting this restaurant we know more about the culture, particularly as expressed through their food.

One of the most popular dishes of El Salvador is the pupusa, a thick tortilla stuffed with cheese, pork, beans, or loroco (a plant native to Central America), or a combination of the above. We had four in our group and ordered a number of different kinds of pupusas, then cut them into quarters so that we could each sample multiple kinds.

To go with the pupusas, a canning bottle of curtido is brought to the table. It is pickled cabbage, onion and carrot that you liberally spread onto the pupusas and similar dishes. It is mildly spicy and is also wonderful all by itself.

The ensalada drink has a pineapple base and has bits of fruit floating in it, primarily apple. It was amazing. I would go there just to get this drink. Very refreshing on a hot day. We also got a bottle of Orange Cuzcatlan Cola Champagne, a soda pop that tastes a little bit like bubble gum. It is to El Salvador what Inka Cola is to Peru. A little goes a long way, but it is fun to try.

The shrimp cocktail in pink sauce is wonderful. The shrimp is moist and meaty and the thousand island type sauce is not too thick, not too runny, and nicely complemented the shrimp. Also great on a warm day.

The fried plantains with beans and sour cream is almost a dessert dish. The plantains are relatively sweet and soft, and when mixed with the cream and creamed beans, just slide sweetly down the throat.

The plantain empanadas with milk are another dessert-type dish. The look like fried donuts coated in sugar, but the shape of a potato. Inside is a sweet pudding like substance (the plantain and milk). A little goes a long way.

I would love to go back and focus on dishes native to El Salvador. We were with a couple whose son lived in El Salvador for several years. They said the food was very representative of the country and very fun to try.

2  Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Original food, mix pupusas (rice dough) very good,yuca frita or steamed, also as a dessert empanadas made of ripe plantain and cream, delicious refreshments as horchata, ensalada (various fruits), tamarindo, etc,etc.

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1  Thank Patricia M
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