Toronto has an abundance of diverse foods when it comes to the Latin community. If you’re looking to try something new, look no further than El Salvador’s national dish.
Pupusas are typically made out of corn flour and stuffed with refried beans, cheese, chicharrón (pork), and more depending on what’s on the menu.
Normally, you’d eat these with a handful of coleslaw and salsa but they’re just so amazing, you can eat them on their own.
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If you want the full experience, you’d eat pupusas with your hands – it’s okay to get messy, but if not, a fork and knife will do.
There are a bunch of Salvadoran restaurants in Toronto you can try out but here’s just a few:
The common Pupusas you can find on a Salvadoran menu are Revueltas, cheese, beans and chicharrón, Queso y Frijol which are refried beans and cheese, or just cheese. You can choose out of these at Las San Sivar. They’re available for pick up or delivery.
Address: 2461 St Clair Avenue West
Hours: Open every day from 10:30 am to 7 pm, closed Tuesday.
La Guanaquita is a strong contender when it comes to Salvadoran restaurants in Toronto. Their Pupusas are pretty generous and are sure to fill you up. You can place an inorder in person, call ahead for pick up or order for delivery via UberEats.
Address: 1621 Wilson Avenue
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 11 am
If you know, you know that La Pupusa Loka is one of the OG spots for delicious Pupusas. They’ve served the North York community for quite some time and are well known for their Pupusas.
Address: 889 Wilson Avenue
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 12 pm to 8:45 pm, Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm
Amanecer Salvadoreño doesn’t miss! You can find them in Toronto’s Rexdale area and are available for delivery via UberEats, SkiptheDishes and DoorDash.
Address: 2663 Islington Avenue
Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Thursday from 11 am to 8:30 pm, Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 8:30 pm, Tuesday closed.
This spot has a bit more variety when it comes to what Pupusas are stuffed with. If you’re looking to be even MORE adventurous, Esquina Salvadoreña has Shrimp and Cheese, Jalapeño and Cheese, Zucchini and Cheese, as well as Loroco and Cheese. Not commonly found in grocery stores, Loroco is an edible flower that has a slightly acidic taste but is pretty popular amongst Salvadorans.
Address: 1738 Jane Street
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday closed.
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Located inside Downsview Park Merchants Market food court, this spot knows how to make Pupusas. You can place your order and browse around the market while you wait for your order or check out the other diverse restaurants you can find in the food court.
Address: 40 Carl Hall Road
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
For Scarborough residents, El Pulgarcito is your go-to for delicious cuisine. You can call ahead for pick up or head in and place your order.
Address: 20 Nugget Avenue, Scarborough
If you’re not big on pork, Cuscatlan has Pupusas de Queso Con Pollo which are Chicken and Cheese, as well as Pupusa de Queso Con Espinaca, Cheese and Spinach. They’re available for delivery and pick up via UberEats.
Address: 3232 Steeles Avenue West
Hours: Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday from 12 pm to 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday from 12 pm to 7 pm,