I love Salvadoran food, but nice sit-down Salvadoran spots can be, in my experience, few and far between. Enter Jaraguá, a choice Salvadoran restaurant on Beverly near western that, along with serving up a robust menu of earthy Salvadoran classics, also features a ton of new renovations and a pleasant ambiance that set it apart from most of the surrounding pupuserias. I keep it simple; I usually stick to a couple of pupusas, a ridiculous boatload of curtido and a cold, fruity ensalada (which is pineapple juice with finely chopped fruits, usually apples, marañon, mamey, and watercress). I’m particularly fond of Jaragua’s squash pupusas, which I haven’t seen before. The best thing is that a meal like that only runs me about $6.00! Plus, Salvadoran menus are very vegetarian friendly. Sadly, their dining room is never as full as I think it should be, and I’m terrified that they’re going to go out of business (which happened to the Mexican place on Alvarado and Sunset that I loved). So, your weekend assignment is to make time to visit Jaraguá and gorge yourself on pupusas or tamales or plantains with crema or whatever Salvadoran dish it is that gets your knickers in a twist. Then, repeat as necessary so they stay in business and I don’t have to start going back to the dirty, slow hole-in-the-wall pupuserias around here that I’ve been making do with.
4493 Beverly Blvd., L.A., CA 90004