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I abandoned Pupusería San Sivar in Costa Mesa around 2004, when we moved our world headquarters to SanTana. I started visiting again after we moved back to Costa Migra and am glad to report the restaurant has only improved over the years. One constant over the years: their rice flour pupusas.
As I wrote nearly a decade ago (wow!)
The difference between a rice-based and corn-based pupusa is like that
between Gouda and Brie. Each is superb, but the rice flour exhibits a
lightness that doesn't overwhelm the other flavors as corn masa tends
to deliciously do. For a dime extra (rice flour is more expensive), San
Sivar will cook a rice pupusa to indulge the inner sophisticate.
Regardless of pupusa choice, it remains incomplete without a topping of
pupusa-specific mild salsa and the sour/spicy slaw curtido.
I stand by that description, only adding to make sure you down it with Salvadoran horchata, which makes the Mexican kind seem as tasty as water infused with glue.
Pupuseria San Sivar, 1940 Harbor Blvd., Costa
Mesa, (949) 650-2952.
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Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters
Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli
Lamb with Preserved Cabbage at Mas Islamic Chinese
Baked Rice at Luc Dinh Ky
Beans on Toast at The Olde Ship
Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia
Budino di Cioccolato, Pizzeria Ortica
Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami
Salmon Onigiri at Cream Pan
Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor
Silken Tofu & Thousand Year Old Egg at Asian Tapas
Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's
Com Tam at Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
Chipotle-Piloncillo Goat Cheese at SOL Cocina
Nem Nuong Cuon at Au Lac Restaurant
Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco Loco
Fried Veggie Fish Fillet at Dong Phuong Tofu
Tofu Vegetable Salad at BCD Tofu House
Che Ba Mau at Thach Che Hien Khanh
Barracuda Sushi at Ohshima
Whole Lamb with Kabsa at Olive Tree
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Croissants at Molinos Bakery
Beso de Monja at El Rincón del Sabor
#69. Fatteh at Kareem's
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